Mistakes Homeowners Make When Painting

Are you trying to prep your house to sell or rent by giving it a fresh coat of paint? Even if you’ve done some home painting already, chances are that you’ve made some mistakes that leave your painting somewhat ineffective. Here are a few mistakes that homeowners commonly make when painting.

Buying the Wrong Type of Paint

First of all, one mistake that homeowners make is that they buy the wrong type of paint. If you’re not super familiar with indoor paint, you might not even be aware that there are different types of paint, and not all of them are high-quality. Different kinds of paint have different purposes, finishes, and durability. Of course, there are also popular brands, such as Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams that are always guaranteed to be of great quality. These brands will cover your walls in durable, saturated paint in just one coat.

Using the Wrong Colors

Another mistake that homeowners commonly make is that they use the wrong colors when they’re painting. Sure, you might think that bright turquoise looks really fun in your daughter’s room, or that black is a trendy, moody finish for your family room. However, paint color trends change all the time, and it can be expensive to repaint your house every few months. Especially if you’re trying to sell your home after you paint it and fix it up, make sure you choose the right colors. Neutral colors are the most popular and will help win over buyers.

Not Prepping the Right Way

Even though painting might seem pretty easy, there are some steps of preparation that you should take before you just start slapping a new paint color on your walls. For example, depending on the finish of your walls, you might need to clean them, sand them down, and use a primer to get an even, new coat of paint. This will help your paint to go on more smoothly and effectively. Also, if you will be painting over an already-existing color, particularly a dark color, you’re going to need multiple coats of paint to achieve your desired color.

So, if you’re looking into painting your home in the near future, make sure that you remember these tips. Remember to avoid buying the wrong type of paint, using the wrong colors, and not prepping in the right way. This will help your painting endeavors to be more successful and look better when you’re done.

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