Do it yourself: tips for repainting your home„
epainting your home is a job that may seem difficult for those who are not professionals. Yet with some appropriate advice and some elbow grease it is possible to transform your home like the best painter around.
CLEAN THE WALLS The first step is to clean the walls you want to repaint. With a simple rubber you can remove the accidental stains left by pencils and furniture, while for the most demanding dirt just a little water and soap . An excellent strategy to adopt is also to pass on the walls a sponge soaked in water and bleach , in order to remove the marks caused by smoke or other agents.
PREPARATION After cleaning comes the time to prepare the walls. To avoid having to paint around the outlines of the furniture you need to move all the furniture in the center of the room, covering all parts with a sheet of plastic (available in hardware stores), to prevent splashes of paint can get on the furniture or the floor . The second step is to check for holes in the wall, easily filled with ready-made filler . Then window frames, switches and baseboards with paper tape should be covered, so that to make cleaning easier at the end of work. To remove traces of previous paint or other debris you can use the card glass , so as to eliminate any possible relief that could make repainting inaccurate.
THE PAINT But which paint must be used? Each wall has its own. The ideal is to be advised by the trusted hardware store, taking into account the fact that the breathable paints allow a greater permeability of the wall to the air and slow down the formation of mold. For environments such as kitchens it is advisable to use washable paints . Usually to paint a wall, two coats of paint are enough, with the second one passed once the first is dried. As for the color, you can choose the shade you want in the shop, otherwise just take some white paint to which the vials with the chosen color must be added.
THE COLOR The choice of color is certainly a very personal thing, but for certain environments there are more appropriate shades . For smaller areas, such as a narrow corridor, it is advisable to choose lighter shades such as teal or yellow. While for the rooms it is possible to create an intriguing chromatic effect going to paint the front wall of a very strong color, to then paint the other walls with light colors like white or purple-indigo.
CREATIVE TOUCH If the monochromatic wall seems little modern to you, the creative ideas to make your home more colorful can be different. With a sponge soaked in a darker color than the base with which the wall was painted, it is possible to create delicate imprints, otherwise you can embellish the wall with stencils or freehand drawings.
IT’S TIME TO PAINT Finally it’s time to paint. Bring a brush wide and flat for the walls, with the aid of a handle telescopic for ceilings. A small brush is ideal for precisely painting the narrowest areas. The roller is definitely a great tool to do quality work in the shortest possible time. Remember to apply the paint with energy in both directions, so as to obtain a uniform color and prevent the paint from dripping.