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Interior painting can be one of the most efficient DIY projects, but that does not mean it’s the most enjoyable. Preparing, cleaning, priming and purchasing are all relative verbs that come to mind when completing a successful interior paint job. Interior painting may not be the easiest or the fastest home improvement project, but it certainly can be with our 13 quick and easy interior painting tips below.
1. A single gallon of paint can cover between 300 and 350 square feet of wall or ceiling. The national average cost for interior painting is $1,655.
2. Be patient and plan in advance. Paint jobs take longer than you think. If you hire a pro, weather conditions can cause delays. Additionally, cold temperatures or moist days create lengthier drying times, further delaying your project.
3. Use primer. Primer can improve the color of your paint and can prevent stains and bleeding. A good trick the pros use is to mix the final coat of paint with the primer. Not only will this enhance the final look, but it will help hide the former color.
4. Invest in a bucket, not a paint tray. Mix all your paint in the large bucket (consistency) and then use a paint grid to wipe off the excess. The grid sticks to the bucket and prevents spillage. This tactic will also help retain all your valuable paint.
5. If old paint is falling off the wall, buy a paint scraper and get it out of the way. Homeowners are also able to strip paint from wood surfaces.
6. Make sure you fully clean the surface of your wall or ceiling before you start painting. We highly recommend filling in all holes and dents with spackle.
7. Remove everything from the walls, including electrical wall plates. You can use fiberglass tape to cover any spaces you want untouched.
8. Just because you have a dark wood paneling, it does not mean you can’t paint over it. See if your wood paneling can be painted.
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9. Use a canvas drop instead of plastic to cover floors and furniture. You don’t have to tape a canvas to the ground and it fits great around corners. They’re not too expensive and you can easily reuse them.
10. Painting with an extension pole will greatly reduce your painting time and provide a lesser strain on your body. Clearly, you will need an extension pole if you are tackling the ceiling.
11. Let your first coat fully dry before adding a second coat. It can be tempting to paint over the first coat before it dries, as it may not look exactly how you planned. Resist this temptation. Going over it can leave marks on the final appearance.
12. Be sure to pour all paint back into the original cans and cover when finished for the day. Clean all your brushes and wrap all painting tools in plastic. You will thank us the next day.
13. We have all the average costs for painting and staining in your area. Check them out with our painting and staining cost estimators.