PAINTING TOOLS and supplies NEEDED
- To prepare painting a typical room, some of the things you might need are spackle, fine grit sandpaper, putty knife, and a damp lint-free rag. A paintable caulk and wood putty might also be needed if you will be working on the trim.
- The actual tools you will need are paint, a tool to open the paint can, stir stick, angled paint brush, small bowl (since painting straight from the can is not recommended), roller, roller cover, roller tray, and a roller extension pole (for high ceilings). You can also have painter’s tape and a drop cloth in order to protect the floor.
- A 5-in-1 tool for various purposes.
- Good quality brushes.
- Good quality roller cover.
WHEN CHOOSING PAINT
- If you find a paint color that you like from a particular brand, a paint store can match it for you in whatever brand you like.
- When choosing paint, select the one that is appropriate for the room and application.
- Whether to use oil or latex, latex which is a water-based paint is mostly preferred as it dries quickly, has less fumes, and cleans up with water.
- If you are concerned about paint fumes, you can opt for low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paint.
CHOOSING A PAINT COLOR
- Here’s a rule that can help you when choosing a paint color: ‘do not pick a color and then ask for a half-strength or lighter version of it.’ Instead, choose a lighter color if you think the one you are considering will be too dark.
- With regards to the color of your ceiling, it does not need to be white. For instance, if the wall color isn’t too dark, you can use it for the ceiling too.
- It is better to try a few colors out before buying a gallon. Take note that most paint companies are offering sample sizes now.
STEPS When PAINTING A ROOM
- First, clear the room from any mess or materials that can obstruct your painting job. Then, prepare all of your supplies and tools needed, and lay out your drop cloth.
- If required, scrape off those loose paints.
- If there are nails from the wall, remove it. Also spackle those holes or imperfections.
- The walls and trim must also be cleaned if you think it is needed. With a damp cloth, clean the baseboards, windows, and doorways.
- Caulk along the trim.
- If you prefer using painter’s tape, tape off the room.