Before starting your project you need to figure out your budget. Once your budget is set, you can determine what products you would like to go with. The better the product, the higher the price. You pay for what you get people!
Choosing the right product can be tough, especially when you're not a pro. High quality paints (that the pros should be using) will cost anywhere between $80-$120 a gallon. Thankfully, the pros typically have discounts (that as a client, you should be getting). If you're looking for high quality product, then the Dulux Diamond brand is the paint for you! Alternatively, if you're someone who is more concerned about the environment or you want an odourless paint with low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds), then the Dulux LifeMaster line is for you! This product sells for $64.99 before discounts. Contact us to find out about the discounts that are exclusively available to our customers!
Before you start throwing paint on your walls you need to do your prep work! This includes
taping. If painting isn't your day job, then your cut lines will probably be sub-par and that's why taping is crucial.Taping off areas like trim, floors, ceilings, and any other areas you may hit while trying to cut like a pro is a good idea. Tape is your friend, USE IT. Same goes for drop cloths. Even a pro can spill some paint from time to time, so better safe than sorry.
Once you're finished your prep work, guess what? There's more prep work! Welcome to painting people. If you want a professional look without actually hiring a professional, then you don't want to skip this step. Start by examining your walls and finding the dents, scratches, and holes. Next, fill in these ares with Drydex. Make sure that you don't use the whole bucket of Drydex or else you'll end up sanding for the next month and by the end of it you'll need an asthmatic inhaler. Think less is more when you're filling.
Finally! The drop clothes are down, the tape is on, and the walls and filled and sanded. Now comes the hard part. Cutting is the easiest way to tell if your paint job was a DIY project or the work of a professional, so take your time and don't fully load your cut brush up with paint. Your cutlines should be about 4 inches in width (not two feet). Less paint on your cut brush means less drips and less room for error.
Rolling! The fun and easy part of painting...if you know what you're doing. Did you know that the roller has an application end and a finishing end? Not many people do, and that's why some people end up with giant lines all over their walls. Either that or they went with the cheep product. Rolling is pretty straight forward (at least for a DIY project) so good luck and let's hope that you don't hit the ceilings. If you do, then you'll probably have to call me to fix it.
If this sounds tedious, time consuming, and / or overwhelming then it's probably best to call Burns Boys Painting.
Painting the interior and exterior of your home can increase its value by 3-5%... that is, if you know what you're doing! In our article above, we have listed 6 steps to help you with your "do it yourself" project. The tips we've described and the ones that I'm about to break down for you in more depth will help your DIY project look as close as it can to a professional standard and increase the value of your home. Please note however, that these tips are specific to interior painting only. The last thing we need is for you to get 20 feet up on a ladder and realize that you can't paint and hold on at the same time - seriously, just call the pros for that.
First up, choosing your colours!
It's important to take into consideration the size of the room you're wanting to paint and how much natural light it gets. The right shades and colours can make a room look elegant, regal, and warm or simply cold and tacky. Don't be the person that goes to Baskin Robbins and orders Vanilla, there's more to experience considering theres over 100 shades of white! Trust me, go to your local paint store and get samples!
Filling and sanding.
When filling dents it's easy to go overboard, but all you need is enough to fill the dent. Anything else is a waste and a pain to sand. Take two putty knives and use one to hold your filler (Drydex) and the other to clean the excess filler off the wall. These knives can range from $1 - $20 and the Drydex is typically $12 - $20.
If you did your prep work, then the task of cutting should be minimal. Since you're not a pro, you used my advice and taped pretty much everything, but for the few stubborn people that want to try their luck cutting the wall into the ceiling, here are a few pro tips to help. While cutting the wall into the ceiling you may find the paint a little tough to work with. Adding a little bit of water to the can of paint that you're using to cut will help the paint glide on easier. While cutting, remember that you don't want the brush to be fully loaded with paint. It can even be good to dab some of the excess paint on the wall just before you do your cut and then go back to the dab of paint on the wall if you need a little more. Focus on long, straight brush strokes and go over each spot a couple of times. I usually do a long stroke just under my desired cut line to unload the brush. Then, I go over it again, this time focusing on pushing the bead of unloaded paint into the corner of the wall and ceiling thus creating a nice straight line. Try to avoid short cuts, as this will create a wave look in your cutline.
When rolling the walls out (of course after you have done your prep work, your filling, sanding, and your cutlines) there are a few things to remember. Before you get any paint on your roller, it's important to clean it! You can do this by pulling out a strip of painters tape and running the roller up and down the sticky side of the tape - this will take off any fluffs or trapped dust in the fibres. When rolling, it's best to roll with a pole. Your back will thank you and you'll be able to control the roller and spread the paint much more easily As I said in the 6 steps above, there is an application end of the roller and a finishing end of the roller. When rolling your wall from left to right, have the side of the roller that is connected to the handle on the right. This is the application end of the roller. Why? Because this end receives more pressure and will naturally unload more paint than the other end (the finishing end). Remember this simple trick and at the end of your project, your walls will look that much better!
For anyone out there who got to the end of this article, congratulations! You now have all the tips and tricks needed for a successful DIY project. But let's be honest, with your busy schedule, who has time for all that?! Leave it to the professionals. Call Burns Boys Painting today.
1) 3M blue painters tape
2) A $10 angled paint brush from your local paint store will work just fine, don't go spending $30 on a brush that you're going to destroy.
3) 10mm microfibre rolling sleeves are best and will give a professional finish.
4) Paint. We use Dulux as our primary supplier. The lines we love to work with include: Diamond, Lifemaster, and the Dulux Kitchen & Bath line.
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