Sooner or later, you’ll need to repaint that room -- the one
that has become outdated, must be converted to a new use or needs to be
Doing so is an opportunity to realize your dream décor, whether it’s a
complete makeover or simply creating a certain feeling you want through
Painting is one of the most economical ways to make a noticeable
difference in your home. Instead of investing in costly new furniture and
accessories, homeowners can spend minimal dollars to paint their walls and
ceilings to create a fresh change in their surroundings..
In fact, 66 percent of 1,000 homeowners surveyed said they paint
because they grew tired of their current paint scheme. About one-fourth
change hues to keep up with the latest decorating trends or to accommodate
a change in how the room is being used.
Even for those painting for the first time, the work should not be
daunting, the following advice will help you create your signature
look in a room.
The Perfect Color
All the details of a room together, including furnishings, woodwork,
lighting, accessories and color, are what make it appealing and inviting.
Ideas for color schemes abound. We suggest you gather examples from
sources such as magazine photos of rooms that appeal to you, to schemes
you see featured in model homes.
View colors in context of the overall feel of a room and determine why
they appeal to you. Is the look contemporary or traditional? Is the room
dark or light? Are the colors warm or cool? Playing with color is one of
the most exciting aspects of painting, so don’t be afraid to experiment.
Blues, grays and greens are soothing, while reds, oranges and yellows are
warm and vibrant. Light colors can brighten a room, while darker shades
have a “cozying” effect.
The Right Paint
Oil-based paint usually serves as the better choice when you need
durability for surfaces that take a lot of abuse, such as trim and doors.
It also levels better than a latex paint with fewer visible brush strokes.
If you are painting a wall and ceiling, latex is best and a roller
works much better than a paintbrush. It’s faster and leaves a smooth,
Tools You’ll Need
The real secret to a good paint job lies in the paintbrush or roller.
Quality brushes have bristles that are firmly attached to a metal holder,
and the more bristles it has, the more they’ll stay in place. Buy the best
brushes you can and clean them when you’re finished to ensure they’re
ready for the next paint job. For latex, invest in a roller with a hard
core that doesn’t yield. It might cost more than a cardboard-cored roller,
but they offer more painting mileage and are easily cleaned with soap and
Your hardware store consultant can advise on other tools you’ll need.
Among the most common are a scraper, solvent for oil paints, drop cloths,
crack filler, sandpaper, masking tape, extra paint bucket and roller tray.
A good paint job is at least 50 percent preparation. Be sure the
surfaces are clean, dry, dull, smooth and sound. Dirt, grease, wax, oil,
soap film and mildew prevent paint from adhering properly, resulting in
uneven texture and poor color distribution.
Wash the surface with soap and water, rinse well and allow it to dry.
Mildew can sometimes look like dirt. To remove it, apply a solution of one
part bleach/three parts water and allow the solution<