Spring is here! The weather is warmer and the snow has stopped in many areas. It is time to start on those interior painting jobs. Now, if you’ve never painted an interior space yourself, then you may not realize how many steps are actually in a painting project. It’s not just the walls that need to be painted, you have to include the trim! Whether it is the same color or a different color than your walls, the job is just not done until you complete the trim.
Many people choose to hire professional contractors to paint the insides of their homes. This is a great way to go. It can actually save you money in the end. If you choose to do the job yourself, there are some things you should know. First, you need to pick a couple of days when you can start in the morning and end sometime in the early afternoon. This will allow all your paint to dry by nightfall, hopefully. It will work better if you keep windows open. Then you need to gather all your materials. Remember, quality tools make for quality results. Make sure to choose quality paint in a color that speaks to you and will project what you want it to.
Now, you have another choice to make before you even start. Are you going to use paint or a stain on your trim? Either could do on woodwork. It is up to you to decide which one would look better in your home. There are a wide variety of colors in different palettes to choose from. There are also a lot of stain colors. Take a look at your existing trim. Is it stained or painted? Does the grain of the wood show through? If it does, that means you have a high quality wood. You may not want to touch this with paint. If your wood is lower quality, then it is probably okay to choose a paint rather than a stain. Now remember, it’s possible to have professionals do just the trim and for you to do the rest. It just depends on your budget.
Work out your order of operations. Professionals generally paint the trim first, then the ceilings, and last the walls. It’s just easier that way when dealing with painter’s tape. Evenly apply two coats of paint to all trim before moving on to the ceilings or walls. When you go to paint the baseboards, you should use a carpet protector or a shield protector to keep the paint off of the carpet. On woodwork, align your strokes with the grain. There are all kinds of resources out there for painting your house. You can find numerous pages of detailed instructions on painting your interior. But whatever you do, make sure you pay attention to the trim. Otherwise you will be missing the finishing touches and the inside of your home just won’t look as good.