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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Painting

By Michelle Ecker on February 16, 2016

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Painting

If you want to give a fresh update to an otherwise dull space this winter, adding a few crisp coats of a new paint color can be a great way to do so. If done effectively, paint alterations are an inexpensive and simple way to breathe new life into an outdated area. Getting started, here are 5 things to keep in mind before grabbing the brushes and diving right in:

1. Avoid oil-based paint. Although known for its attractive sheen, oil-based options put out a strong, unpleasant odor and take a significantly longer amount of time to dry. Check the cans before you buy to ensure you’re working with a water-based product instead.

2. Make sure you purchase enough. Generally, it’s best to purchase one gallon of paint for every 350 square feet of space you’ll be covering. It’s also probably smart to grab an extra quart to keep on hand in case you ever need to make touch-ups or quick fixes in the future.

3. Know when to use primer. In some cases, it’s not necessary to prime the walls and you can skip this tedious initial step. However, if you’re planning to paint a light color over a dark one or if the walls are badly stained, it’s important to add that coat before you get started.

4. Paint in the proper order. First, it’s important to clean the space thoroughly before you start applying anything to the walls. Be sure to clear dust out of any corners, both floor and ceiling. Once you get started, always work top to bottom- ceiling, then walls, then trim.

5. Paint the ceiling with caution- If possible; try to find a paint option made specifically for ceilings. It’s slightly thicker than most and designed to splatter very minimally. Other than that, simply make sure not to paint directly over your head- it’s too difficult an angle to ensure you’re working effectively.

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