Want a new look for your home, but fear you do not have time to solve a big project? Painting can be the perfect solution. Not only is it one of the cheapest ways to dramatically change your decor, but it is also one of the fastest. Using paint, you can change the appearance of a room in just a few hours, or your entire home in a weekend.
Even if you do not think you have time to solve a large painting project, think again! Continue reading and find some simple ways to finish your project quickly.
In the early days, it seemed that I was always ignoring my need to pick up a tour of my painting shopping. As a result, I found myself making time-consuming trips back to the store. Fortunately, I soon learned the value of prior planning.
Before you go shopping, figure out exactly what you need, including supplies and tools. Take inventory of what you already have, and make a list of everything you don’t. Be sure to include the basics like paint brushes, rollers, extra roller covers, roller pans, drop cloths, spackle, and of course the paint. Use an online paint calculator to determine how much paint you’ll need, and when in doubt, buy extra.
Use the Right Tools
New painters may think that all rollers and brushes are created equal, regardless of their price. In an effort to save a few bucks, I made this exact mistake. Now, however, I understand the value of a quality paint brush, and I’m much more willing to shell out a few extra bucks when I need to.
Quality brushes are worth their weight in gold. They cost extra because they last longer than their cheaper counterparts, don’t shed brush hairs, and are less likely to leave unsightly brush marks that are hard to cover. This means you’ll spend less time going back over your work trying to conceal the marks, and more time enjoying your new room.
Use Quality Paint and Primer
Like painting tools, not all paint is equal. Some cheap paint is cheap for a reason – it takes several coats to get good coverage. The quality of the paint, on the other hand, will cover your walls better, which means you will not waste time patting over the extra paint coat.
If you want to cover the dark or bright walls, a good bright primer can be life-saving straw. The best result, using a primer, is colored to match the color of your new paint. If you set a wall from color to white, it is better to use a dark primer to mask the old color.
Choose a Similar Color
For some reason, this is always one of the reasons why my painting projects take much longer than I’d like. Instead of working with the old color, I always seem to be working against it. However, making a drastic change will take much more time, so I say if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!
Instead of trying to cover your wall with a completely different color of paint, opt for a different hue or shade of the current wall color. It will take much less time and effort to cover, since small mistakes and bleed-throughs are much less noticeable.
Prep Only the Important Areas
A wide range of paintings is ready to eat for a large amount of time in any painting project. While you should not skip the preparation completely, you are most likely not ready as well as you would think.
Particularly dirty or greasy walls may require a good degreaser and scrub, but there is no need to produce as much energy as possible with relatively clean walls. Instead, quickly cross the walls and decorate with a damp cloth that will loosen the dirt, dust and spider webs. Background cloth should also be used to cover the flooring and large furniture, but you can most likely nix the painter’s tapes. It takes too much time to completely cover all the cuts. Stabilize your hands with a right-angle trimmer brush and, with a little practice, you will get the same good results through cuts.
Don’t Clean Up During Breaks
I thought my father, a timber-framer and home builder, was just a little insane when I walked into his workshop and saw his expensive paint covered brushes wrapped in plastic. Then I got to thinking about just how much time I wasted painstakingly cleaning my paint brushes every time I took a break.
I’ve once again taken my father’s advice, and instead of spending a great deal of time washing brushes and rollers between breaks, I now wrap them tightly in plastic wrap. If you make sure that your brushes and rollers are wrapped airtight, they won’t dry out and they’ll be ready for use when break time’s over.
Have a Painting Party
Painting party is my favorite type of party. After all, the tedious task, like drawing, is more interesting when you use an interesting group of people to solve. Not to mention, they and the extra manpower went much faster.
All you have to do is provide snacks and drinks, turn on the sound, throw the brush or roll in everyone’s hands. After the completion of the work and all the evidence that the paint fights are washed away, treat everyone a meal of their hard work.