Anytime you paint the interior or exterior of your home, you have two options: either hire a professional painter or do it yourself.
If you feel like you can do the painting job yourself, familiarize yourself with the most common painting mistakes people make, so you can avoid those same pitfalls. Painting your house exterior, or even a small room, can be very challenging and time-consuming, so you want to avoid making a mistake and having to do the job again at all costs.
So, to avoid making mistakes while you paint, here are some common pitfalls to avoid:
- Not protecting the floor. Sometimes you can get so excited about painting that you forget to protect your floors. If you skip this step, you can expect a few stains on your floors, so go ahead and cover then before you even allow yourself to open the can of paint.
- Not waiting. This is a common habit and mistake, but it doesn’t help anything. Sure you want to finish the job as soon as possible and see the final outcome, but by priming your walls and letting them dry before you begin to paint, you will create a more beautiful outcome.
- Not preparing the surface. Sometimes, you need to sand the surface before painting. Other times, you need to fill holes with caulk. But, even if the walls are in good shape, you should absolutely always clean them before you begin, so you don’t unintentionally texture your walls with painted dust.
- Skimping on your paint supplies. It’s great if you want to do the painting yourself, but just don’t skimp on what you need. Invest in quality paint and brushes, so you can have a smoother and faster painting job. If you don’t get everything you need up front, it will make the job longer because you’ll have to run back and forth to the store in order to get additional supplies.
- Not clearing everything out before painting. Even if you already have experience painting, you still need to take everything out of the room. You don’t want to risk staining rugs or decorative items with paint. If you have furniture that is too difficult to remove, cover it with drop cloths and secure them with tape.
- Not wearing the right clothes for the job. Wear old clothes or work clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty or stained because you will inevitably wind up with paint on you at some point.