Tools for a Painting Project

When you are starting a project, it is always challenging on where to start.  A lot of the time you may need to prioritize which is the most important and relevant to the need as opposed to the want.  We all want to have our homes and properties looking beautiful but you also want to be prepared for the project at hand so you have no surprises.  Any project should be budgeted for at least a 20% surplus of money in case there is an error and something must be ripped apart and you need to redo it.  In my experience, there is always a chance of error as we are human beings.  Nothing is perfect and most of all, planning ahead and having all the tools and materials ready is vitally important.

Let us use the example of painting a room.  Nothing fancy just a basic room.  When you look at a room, you need to know the square footage of the room you are painting.  You need to ask yourself, how many walls are you painting; do you need a ladder, brushes, roller and extension, painter’s tape, paint sticks, can opener/screwdriver, drop cloths, card board, tarps for furniture (or remove furniture if possible), primer, paint, caulking and maybe lots of help to get the job done quickly.  Maybe even having some help, you can find out who is better at cutting in or painting the ceiling or even rolling the walls good.  What about prepping the room!  Are you going to take off the baseboards and paint them a different colour or are you leaving them on and painting them the same colour as the walls?  Do you know what type of paint is on the walls?  Are you looking to have primer in the paint or are you doing it separate?  Do you need to cover water marks from a leak previously?  Do you need caulking to any areas?  All these are relevant questions that could mess us the project if the plan is not executed effectively.  Make sure you also research the best quality of paint to make the job easier.  There is a huge difference in paint quality.  Many paints have been made of 100% acrylic, which are fabulous to work with, and they have splatter resistant paint also…. meaning they are thicker than a low end paint.  I used to work in a paint department and the quality of paint has a very big difference to how your painted room turns out.  Maybe you want an oil based paint?  Whatever you do making sure you ask a professional what best suits you, your project and your budget will save you a lot of time.

How big is the area?  All cans of paint will have the square footage for the coverage of that particular paint.  Make sure you read the label and have a professional help calculate the proper amount of paint needed for the job.  Nothing is more maddening than having to go back to the paint store in the middle of a job because you ran out of paint.

Filling the holes!!!  Removing all the objects on the wall is a great idea, even all the hooks, nails and screws.  You will need to fill in any unwanted holes and sand the finish.  It is wise to prime those areas before you paint.  If you do not prime the areas you have filled and covered with Polyfilla or spackling and you paint over the area with anything with a shiny finish to it, you will see the dull mark over the paint because that spot has absorbed the paint and left that one spot dull.  So always prime your areas that have been fixed.

What about the colour?  When choosing a colour, you must remember lighting in the daytime is different from night time.  Lighting is also different depending on the light bulbs you use in your lighting fixtures.  Some light bulbs can have a yellow glow (2500K/3000K) or even a blue glow (3500K/4000K).  So when choosing the proper colour, take the paint chip outside and see the true colour in the daylight.  Then, take the paint chip home to see it in the light in your home both during the daylight hours and in the evening hours.  The colour changes by the effect of the light emitted into the room.  The rule of thumb for choosing a paint colour is to pick the colour you really like and then the paint is to be 2 shades lighter so you get the effect you want to be on the walls.  Many times in my experience, people choose the actual colour they like and do not choose the paint to be 2 shades lighter and wonder why they are not happy with the outcome after being told what is best.  This creates unhappy people and dissatisfied with the end result of the project.

Don’t forget about the finish!!!  Do you want a flat, low luster, semi-gloss or a high gloss?  Textured ceilings in a living room are usually ceiling white or flat white.  Flat white is more durable as it is washable.  Low luster is usually used for bedrooms and closets.  Semi-gloss is usually used for kitchens and bathrooms.  High gloss is usually used for high traffic areas like doors and trim so they can be washed well and will hold up to scrubbing.

Now to clean up!!!  Having all the prep work done in advance and the supplies ready help in the clean up process!  I cannot emphasize this enough.  Cleaning out the brushes and rollers is a thankless job but you want to do it right so you do not have to go out an buy more when it is not in the budget.  I have always used rollers for light coloured projects separate from dark coloured projects.  I do not want to have the dark colour running into the light colour when I am in the middle of painting a room.  That just means more work and more time painting.  So plan ahead and enjoy your updates by doing it right and not rushing through to finish quickly instead of doing a quality job.  You will definitely be happy at the end result when you take your time.  Ask a professional who has been in the business for many years and has experienced staff working for them.

Remember quality is the key when it comes to a job well done for painting a room.

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