10 Painting Mistakes To Avoid

When taking on a project there are several common painting mistakes that can easily be avoided. Here I will share some with you.

  1. Interior PaintingNot prepping surfaces: all surfaces should be clean. Any holes, dents and cracks should be filled and sanded. Primer should be applied for strong adhesion, good coverage and the best look upon completion.
  2. Not using painters tape: the use of tape is imperative especially on trim to lock out paint on those areas you don’t want it, insuring a neat clean job.
  3. Not painting in sequence: this generally means working from the top down. Beginning with the ceiling first, then walls and trim lastly. When cutting in the ceiling slightly overlap onto the walls, this method will give you a straighter more even line when cutting in the walls.
  4. Not using the correct tools: some brushes are designed for painting doors and cabinets some for trim while others for cutting in. having the right brush in hand can make all the difference. Quality roller covers will hold more paint, cover more evenly, leave less marks and yield better results making your project as efficient and neat as possible.
  5. Not using primer: primer will give you a nicer looking smoother surface when the project is complete. It also blocks stains so when changing from a dark to light color, the transition will be easier. You will get the best appearance, paint adherence and longevity by using primer.
  6. Selecting colors without consideration: often time’s people will choose a color from a small sample without taking into account what it will look like on the wall of the designated room.  Many things like the amount of light, what type, as well as the furniture all have a profound effect on how the color appears. A good way to remedy this is to purchase a sample of the color, apply it to two walls and check them in the morning, noon and evening. A simple 1’ x 1’ will suffice and is a surefire way to avoid a color that doesn’t work.
  7. Using the wrong finish: whether in the bathroom or high traffic areas with children, choosing a finish that’s not washable is a big mistake and can end up costing you. Children and family rooms are best off with a medium level of sheen, enabling you to keep them clean.
  8. Not protecting the furniture and floor: when painting a room all furniture should be covered with plastic and floors with drop clothes to be sure everything stays neat and clean.
  9. Surfaces with high moisture content: this applies to exteriors. When painting or staining decks and siding that are holding too much moisture you will often wind up with a product that won’t dry, adhere or will soon after peel. You must be sure the surface is dry enough before application to ensure a successful project.
  10. Ignoring the ceiling: a ceiling will become dull over time, and will stand out after the walls are freshly painted. The ceiling and walls should complement one another so don’t ignore them.

Avoiding these simple yet common painting mistakes will help give you the best outcome for your homes project, while potentially saving you time and money.