Paint Your Home Like A Pro!

Looking for a cost-effective way to give your home a totally new look? Painting your home yourself can be a great way to freshen up your home without spending a lot of money. Repainting your own home is a daunting prospect to some people, but you might be surprised how easy it actually is! Fran Campbell Team is here to help with these home painting tips, tricks, and insights.

Preparation
As the old saying goes, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Most of the time you spend painting your home should be spent on prepration. Fill in all the holes with spackle and brush a small layer of the new paint over it. This will help hide the spackle when you paint the whole wall later. Make sure you thoroughly clean your walls before painting; dust and debris will prevent paint from sticking.


Primer
When used correctly, applying a coat of primer to your walls before painting can save you lots of time and headaches. Primer is cheaper than paint, so covering your walls with tinted primer can help prevent the need for two coats of paint. Primer is also incredibly beneficial when painting new construction; dry wall can be very absorbent, so the primer seals the walls to save you paint. If you've spackled your walls, apply primer to create an even surface for the fresh paint. Finally, applying primer is a crucial step in painting over stains or mold. Primer will stop these pesky discolorations in their tracks - otherwise, they can come straight through a coat of paint.

Brushes/Rollers
Rollers can be a great way to cover a lot of surface area in a short amount of time, but they should be the last step in your painting process. Before rolling, use brushes to cut in lines of paint against the ceilings, baseboards, and door frames. Use your brush to spread the new paint a few inches away from the edges. After you've established all your borders, you can use the roller to fill in the big, open spaces. As a side note, pressing masking tape onto your roller and then peeling it off before painting will help remove the loose fibers that might otherwise become stuck on your wall. Extension poles for your rollers will also save you lots of time and effort.

Lifestyle
Do you have kids or pets that might cause your walls to become dirty or blemished? High-gloss paint is very easy to clean and proves more durable in the long run. Flat paint will do a better job at hiding existing imperfections, but it will be easier to damage than the high-gloss. The type of paint you choose will depend on your home's needs, but paint with an eggshell finish can provide a great compromise.

Colors
Don't stress over your color choice! If you can't make up your mind about a color, designate a "test wall" in your home and try some colors on for size. Ask your paint store about purchasing a small sample of a paint color, so you don't risk buying a gallon of a color you don't like. The color of paint looks different when wet, so make sure you let it dry completely before you make up your mind. If you get a color you don't like, you can always paint over it! Once you pick a color, make sure you purchase enough to have some paint left over for touch-ups. 

Armed with these tips and insights, you'll be ready to tackle your next painting project like a pro!

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