Painting is one of those jobs that looks easy, but it’s definitely not.
Anyone who’s ever picked up the brush can attest to that. If done correctly, painting is a fine way to freshen your home and make it feel brand new. If done incorrectly, your walls and ceilings can quickly deteriorate into a sloppy, discolored mess.
So, to help you avoid this situation, here are five ways to do it incorrectly, so you know to avoid them. Brushes at the ready!
Mistake 1: Getting paint on the floor
That expensive carpet you laid down can quickly turn into a mess if you’re not careful. There are a couple of reasons why you may be doing this, and it’s important to wipe them out.
The first is that you’re loading your brush too much. As a result, paint is dripping off the brush and onto the floor. Obviously, you’ll want to put less on your brush to negate this effect. Secondly, make sure the floor is covered, and the paint surface is not glossy. Both these can result in a colorful floor!
Mistake 2: Using the wrong kind of paint
There are a lot of different paints for a lot of different situations, and to be fair, it can get hard to chose the right one. If you’re painting inside, you’ll need some interior paints, so make sure you don’t choose exterior paints.
You can get paints that are glossier than others too, so beware of these. Most of us wouldn’t want our walls to have a slight sheen! Glossy paints are best used on features like banisters, to accent a space.
Mistake 3: Painting when it’s dark
This could mean you start painting too early in the day, or you start too late. Even if you paint in high daylight, you must ensure that the room is well-lit. If it isn’t the color of the paint will not come across as naturally as you’d like.
Additionally, if you paint in low light, you can miss patches of wall that you forgot to paint. You will also miss other imperfections, like slight bumps, which can impact how the paint looks. Buy some spare lights if you must - just keep the room well-lit!
Mistake 4: Painting over gloss
Painting over gloss is a surefire way to ensure your paint does not stick. The paint needs some sort of friction to stick itself to, and gloss has precisely zero friction. It’s important that you sand the area down first, to give the paint something to hold onto.
Mistake 5: Moving the brush in different directions
This means that you’re waving the thing around like it’s a magic wand. It’s important that you keep all your brush strokes flowing in the same direction. This will make your walls and ceilings look better, because you won’t be able to see all the random stroke lines.
So if you start to paint downwards, keep it that way for the whole job. If you start to paint to the right, keep painting to the right. If you forget which direction you’re headed, double check the most recent patch you painted and look for stroke directions.