Being a homeowner can be a mixed blessing. Of course living in a home will give you a place to eat and sleep along with somewhere to keep all of your belongings. On the other hand, being a homeowner means that you will have to take on projects that are simple but can be very overwhelming. Repainting your home is one of these simple but sometimes testing tasks. It's a big and messy job but the techniques do not require very many years to master.

4 Big Tips for Painting your Home This Summer:

Prepwork  Although prep is not actually painting the prepwork is still extremely important. It is the good prepwork that will make or break your finished product.

  • Outside Prep work: If you're painting outside use a metal putty knife to go over all of the painted areas and get rid of all loose and peeling paint, instead of a metal putty knife you could also you a pressure washer to wash away all of the loose paint if there are multiple layers. Paint stripper can also be helpful in removing the paint on finely detailed trim that may otherwise be damaged with a pressure washer.  Make sure to remove or repair any rotting window sills or siding now.

  • Inside Prep work: If painting a popcorn ceiling make sure that you always paint on a small test area to make sure the paint will stick properly and end looking great. Patch any holes in the walls but after make sure you sand them to get the smooth look. Clean all of the walls very thoroughly to give you the perfect looking paint job.

Start on the Dark Side  In the summertime painting your house can be difficult although it is still very important in our homes maintenance. When you’re ready to begin painting start on the dark side of the house and as the sun shifts you should too. This will allow you the most time to work with the wet paint and ensure there are less visible brush strokes and help you avoid dried-on paint drips.

Reducing Strokes While you’re painting trim make the job a challenge of seeing how little you can touch it. If you use fewer brush strokes you will see a better end result and smoother finish. To accomplish this task work in smaller sections. Load the brush on the heavy side and apply as much coverage as possible, using very few strokes to fill in the previously painted section.

Storing your Paint Brush  There are several tricks when it comes to storing your paint brushes. You can store your brush in anything from a disposable glove to a zip lock bag. Between coats you can even drop your brush into water that covers up to the handle or higher as long as you don't mix colors, of course. When you're ready for the next coat swish the brush around in the water to get most of the thin paint out. You can then use a brush and a roller to spin out the water.

 

We hope that these painting tips help you this summer as you begin your big project!