5 Tips To Make Painting Your House Easier Before The Kids Come

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There's no faster way to freshen your home's interior or exterior than with a fresh coat of paint, not to mention the many benefits a fresh coat of paint provides for the exterior of your home, including prevents wood from rotting, protects stucco, keeps out termites, and can even increase your home's value.

However, when it comes to painting your home it can quickly become intimidating and take longer than usual without the proper guidance. Before you embark on your next paint project, simply employ the following 3 tips to help make painting your home easier, so you look forward to painting your home almost as much as you do enjoying the new look!

Use Professional Techniques

Begin by prepping the surface to ensure a clean, smooth surface that the paint can adhere to.

Wash the surface to be painted to remove any dust and grime build up. Also, scrape, sand, patch, and fill every crack, hole, dent, and uneven surface area. Remove any wall paper, loose paint, outlet covers, and switch plates. Using tape or another material, mask the lights, windows, doors, and trim etc. Also, protect the floors and cover any furniture with a cloth. Caulk the trim, then prime the surface.

After you have successfully prepped the surface, paint the ceiling and then work your way down.

Begin with the crown molding before working your way onto the walls. Next, paint the trim around the doors and windows. Complete the baseboard trim last. By saving this task until last, it enables the baseboard to remain free of grit and dust that can travel from other surfaces, such as the floors, which can accumulate in the brush as well as onto the freshly painted baseboard.

Use a Painter's Pole

A painter's pole or rod, such as the telescope rod, enables you to paint the floors, walls, and ceilings faster. It also eliminates the need for a ladder, and since you don't have to stand directly beneath area you are painting, it also helps eliminate splatter.

Use a Paint Grid

Using a paint grid as opposed to a paint tray will help make your paint job, faster, easier, and neater.

To incorporate a paint grid, simply place a paint grid, a simple rectangular plastic or metal screen that secures to the rim of the bucket, into a five gallon bucket of paint. Fill the bucket half full with paint, then insert the grid inside the bucket.

Lower the roller into the paint and then roll it against the grid to remove any extra paint. Once you are finished, simply insert the grid into the paint bucket and replace the lid.

For more extensive paint projects, such as painting the exterior, you may consider hiring a local house painter. Not only do they have the proper equipment, which eliminates the need to go out and purchase your own, but they also posses the proper skills and paint-related knowledge to provide quality, professional results in half the time.ant linked in at the end, please let your Editor know.

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