A Beginner’s Guide to House Painting

Published On October 4, 2018 | By David Standridge | Home Decor

There are number of property owners taking the time to paint their Rockport homes to bring about a fresh look and to improve both interior aesthetics and curb appeal. Learning to paint isn’t for the faint of heart, especially when we’re talking about sizable projects like a home. Before beginning, take three steps: decide where you’ll be painting (inside or out), obtain tools, and select a color scheme.

Selecting a Color Scheme

Do you love the look of monochromatic color schemes? Are earthy tones soothing to your senses? Are you the bold one on the block? Choose a painting scheme that you simply love, as it will be many years—hopefully—before this chore is performed again. Get color swatches and paint samples of your favorite options so you can test run them in small areas before taking the plunge.

Essential Basic Tools for Painting Homes

Here’s a basic checklist for what you’ll need for interior and exterior home painting.

  • Paint
  • Ladders or Step Stools
  • Brushes and Rollers in Various Sizes
  • Paint Pans
  • Tarps or Drop Cloths
  • Cleanup Rags
  • Buckets for Water and Cleaning
  • Paint Thinner and Remover
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Filler Putty
  • Sand Paper
  • Putty Knife or Carpenters Spatula
  • Patience

There may be other necessities along the way, but these are likely to suffice for non-complex projects.

Interior Home Painting Tips

  1. Remove wall decor, curtains, blinds, and furnishings situated near walls and cover everything else in the room including floors.
  2. Tape off any areas such as fixtures, windows or trim that you don’t desire to paint.
  3. Clean the walls with water and a grease remover mixture.
  4. Fill any holes with putty and sand them down.

You’re now ready to paint the room in small sections. Roller brushes should be used in criss cross motions to distribute paint and then evenly smoothed out using up-and-down strokes. Use angled brushes near ceilings, trim and around fixtures.

Exterior Home Painting Tips

You’ll follow the same basic instructions as for interior painting with the exception of a few aspects. It’s much easier to pressure wash exteriors than hand scrub them before painting, so add this to your list of tools. Before painting, you’ll need to protect shrubbery, tape what isn’t to be painted and may want to remove the gutters as well. Exterior painting is risky, so contact your home insurance company before beginning to ensure you’re covered—just in case. If you cannot find a helper or feel uncomfortable doing it yourself, hire professional painters.

If you are interested in looking at lovely waterfront Rockport homes for sale, contact the real estate professionals at Rockport Properties.

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