How To Start Painting Your House – Part 1 – The Interior

by Dave The Handyman on January 23, 2010

Now painting your home is one of the cheapest ways that you can add value to your home, both money wise and respectability wise. If you are looking to sell a home, you will want to make sure that it is freshly painted on the inside and on the outside. If you are building a new home then you want to make sure that the walls are also freshly primed and painted. Notice I threw the prime in there, in most cases you are going to want to use a type of primer anyway, because you will see that many stains and other stuff will bleed through regular paint, but with a coat of primer over it stains and other crap will usually not bleed through. Also, before I go on, I am not a professional painter, I do not paint for living, but I have had a lot of experience painting houses, apartments, condos, you name it, so I will be going over the steps that I take to paint a house, you can agree or disagree with me I really don’t care.

Where To Begin When Painting Your Home

The tools, you will have to have the tools to do so. Some may use more than others, some less, but if you are doing this as a major or minor home improvement project then you are going to want to have all of the necessary painting tools to get the job done and look as professional as possible. Lets go over a short list of what are some of the common paint tools that you are going to need to accomplish painting a whole house.

List of painting tools

- Paint Brushes

- Rollers

- Sponge

- Pans for the rollers

- 5 gallon bucket and 1 quart bucket

- roller brush extension poles

- paint spray gun (optional but makes the job go by faster)

- sanding block

- razor blade or utility knife

- caulking

- ladder

- drop clothes to protect the floor from getting paint on it

- masks

- 5 in 1 painters tool (very handy)

- painters tape

Of course there are some more options and many more painting tools that will make your job easier but these are just a few that you should have when you are undergoing your home improvement project. Let me say though if you have a huge house and you are on a time limit renting a paint spray gun is the way to go, it is a lot faster and more efficient than using a roller or brush.

Do I need to use primer when painting a home?

I do. For many reasons, as stated before primer is not something that is supposed be easy on the eyes and look good, it is supposed to protect and cover whatever it is you are about to paint, such as wood or metal. If you are going to paint some freshly installed drywall and you have all of the cracks filled in with compound already, I would use a latex type primer to paint the drywall. There are many different types of primer that are out there and they all have their own individual uses. For instance if you just bought a home and wanted to resell it but wanted to paint the inside first and notice some tough stains on the wall, and every time that you paint over them the stains just bleed back through, you will want to use a stain blocking primer such as Kilz, which is what I use. Once you have the walls properly painted, then it is time to pick the type of paint that you want to use.

What types of paint for homes are there?

This can be basically broken down into 2 categories, and it is very simple, water based and oil based. I almost never use oil based paint, if I do it is not for painting the inside of a home, you can, and they sell oil based products for this but I do not use it for this purpose, I will get into some of the uses for oil based paints at a later time. The latex, or water based paint works best for me. It is very easy to clean up, and not that messy at all, it also mixes very easy.

For you walls in spaces such as the living room, dining rooms and bedrooms, I go with flat paint. The reason that I use flat paint is that it doesn’t reflect that much light, and if you are trying to watch Television, you really do not want to see reflections on the wall.

Now for spaces such as the kitchen, I use either a gloss or a semigloss. This will give the walls a bit of a reflection, from the names gloss will reflect a lot more than semi-gloss will.

If you want a paint that is a little more durable than flat for your living room walls, you may want to try a type of eggshell paint or even satin paint, although they do reflect a little bit of light not as much as the glosses do.

Tips For Painting Walls

Just painting is not going to solve all of your problems. If you have small cracks in the wall you will have to fill it in with caulking or wall compound, if you have a hole in the wall, you will have to learn how to patch drywall holes.

Make sure that you mix the paint well before you start painting. Many paints contain additives and pigments, and the weight of everything in there is different, this is why it will have to be mixed up well before use.

Temperature will effect how paint behaves, the warmer it is the more it will run, the colder the more it will stick together and usually the more you will have to mix it.

Wear a mask or make sure that you have adequate ventilation when you painting your home, and this is essential for when you are priming the walls as wall primer is much more strong than wall paint. You may even want to look into getting a respirator.

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