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Things you should do before painting a room

Painting is an activity that homeowners seldom look forward to. However, a fresh coat of paint on your interior walls can completely transform the look and feel of your home. In fact, painting is one of the most affordable interior design tools for home improvement.
Here are some things you should do before painting a room:

1. Test the paint colour

The way a colour looks on your walls can greatly differ from the paint swatches in store. The last thing you want to do is complete a paint job and then realize you hate the colour. So, test the colour on a small area before you paint the entire room. Allow the paint to dry and see how you feel about it. If you no longer like the colour, repeat the process until you have found the right one.

2. Choose the finishing

If you are looking to add depth and texture, you should opt for a dark colour. If you want to make a small room feel larger, you should go for light and bright colours. But the colour paint you choose is not the only important thing. When it comes to paint, the finishing matters too. For colour that lasts and is easy to clean, go for a high gloss paint finish. You should note though that a high gloss finish makes it easier to spot imperfections in your wall. While low gloss paint is great for concealing imperfections, it is more easily damaged and hard to clean. Luckily, there is an option in between—the eggshell finish. This finish is usually the best option for homeowners. The eggshell finish offers some gloss, is easy to clean but does not highlight imperfections and is not as easily damaged as a low gloss finish.

3. Prepare the room

Before you paint a room, you will need to clear it out as much as possible. If there are large items that are difficult to remove from the room, move them to the centre and cover them with drop cloth. Drop cloth will protect your items from paint spills. If you do not have drop cloth, old sheets will suffice. Ensure you cover the floors as well.
You may not see it, but dirt, dust and oil build up on your walls over time. For that reason, you must wipe them down. Wiping the walls will help the paint to better adhere. Where you see nail holes and cracks, use spackling to fill them. You will also need to cover light switches, outlets and trims with painter’s tape.

4. Prime the walls

If you want to use less paint to cover your walls, you should use a primer. The Primer is a base that will seal the walls and make it easier for the paint to stick. Using a primer also prevents the holes and cracks you’ve filled from showing through the paint once the job is done.

Are you looking for a Vancouver interior painter?

The above-mentioned tips are just some of the ways you can make painting your interior walls a more manageable task. But if you still need help with the job, give us a call at Hemlock Interior Painting. At Hemlock Interior Painting, our Vancouver painters will provide quality service at every stage of the process. And we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If for any reason, you don’t love your paint job, we will come back and fix it for you—free of charge. So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call today or complete our simple online form to request a quote.

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