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Interior Painting Tips

Use these interior painting tips to easily tackle your next home painting project.

When you want to spruce up any room in your house, one of the best ways to do it is a fresh paint job. Interior painting can be a hassle, but Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here to help. We give you some interior painting tips to guide you on your colorful journey.

1. Before you get out your painter’s tape and supplies, prep the surfaces you’ll be painting. This means taking care of any imperfections in the wall, such as scrapes, dents or holes. Patching drywall is not fun, but it will be worth it once you have a new coat of interior paint to liven up your room.

Interior Painting Tips
Make your next DIY interior painting project easy with our helpful tips and tricks.

2. When you decide which interior paint color you want, first only buy a quart. Even though you like the color in the store, you might not be committed to it once it’s on the wall. When you are certain on the color, go for the gallon. Know what you need to consider before buying interior paint.

Also make sure you know the size of the room you’re painting. Measure the square footage. One gallon usually is enough for 400 square feet. However, some textured surfaces may require more paint. Mixing the one gallon cans into a five gallon bucket will give you a consistent color throughout the whole room.

3. The trim should be the first thing you paint. It’s easier to tape off the trim than the walls. After the trim has dried, you can move onto the ceiling and walls. Tape off the trim with painter’s tape. We suggest investing in a roller extension pole. You will be able to reach the high wall surfaces and ceilings without dragging a ladder into your house.

4. One of the most common mistakes people make when interior painting is using a paint tray. Trade in the tray for a paint grid. A paint grid is a screen, typically made from sturdy plastic or metal, which is hooked onto a five gallon paint bucket. Attach the paint grid after you fill the bucket halfway with paint. After you dip the roller in the bucket, roll it against the paint grid to get rid of any excess paint. The best part about paint grids is the cleanup. When you’re done painting for the day, simply drop the paint grid in the bucket and snap on the lid.

5. If you are working on a multi-day interior painting project, you will probably have to store the paint supplies you’re using. Don’t worry; you won’t have to wash off all those brushes and rollers. After removing any excess paint, securely wrap the brushes and rollers in plastic wrap. Once you seal out any air, keep the brushes and rollers in the refrigerator. This will keep the paint fresh, and keep your brushes from drying out.

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