Becoming a homeowner has been a new and exciting experience for me. From this, I have learned many new tips and tricks I look forward to sharing. Most recently, I have had a dalliance with painting; walls, furniture, accents, you name it, I’ve probably at least considered painting it. Without further ado here are some of the invaluable painting hacks I’ve become acquainted with.
1. HIRE EXPERTS
I cannot stress enough the importance of hiring a professional painting crew. When I moved into my apartment the existing paint job was sloppy. There were paint drips on outlets & floors, painters tape was left on the walls in places, and the color choices made the space feel dark. I did my research before choosing painters and worked with Paintzen. Using a professional service ensured that the job was done correctly and if it wasn’t they would fix it. I’m incredibly happy with my experience working with Paintzen and cannot stress enough the importance of investing in professional painting.
2. DON’T BE AFRAID TO TEST PAINT COLORS
Since you are painting your walls anyways do not be afraid to test out colors on your wall. Give yourself a couple days to see what color you like best after seeing it in different lighting. If you are painting your entire space the same color test in a couple of different rooms.
3. PICK THE RIGHT TRIM COLOR
For White Walls Paint the Trim and Doors ½ a Shade lighter than the walls. Many standard trim paints have “blue tones.” To ensure you pick the perfect shade of white to compliment your white walls choose a half a shade lighter white for your trim and doors.
4. PAINT EYESORES
If you can’t stand looking at the ugly vent or thermostat cover on your pristine walls paint them the same color as your walls. In my case, the back of my front door was the factory wood. To make this eyesore blend in I had the back of the door painted the same color as my trim.
5. DON’T IGNORE YOUR OUTLET COVERS
No one likes to see cracks or imperfections showing through on their freshly painted walls. The paint crew I worked with from Paintzen recommended choosing the slightly larger outlet covers rather than the standard size. This ensured that any imperfections were hidden.
6. USE PAINTERS TAPE TO MARK EASY TO MISS SPOTS
Have a crack in the wall you needs to be fixed? Is there one spot that is easy to miss? Don’t be afraid to put painters tape on anything you may miss during your walkthrough.
7. RECYCLE YOUR LEFTOVER PAINT
There are endless uses for leftover paint. I used my leftover paint to whitewash my fireplace! Another great use is to use leftover paint on furniture you want to “blend in.”