Top 10 Ways to Paint Like a Pro

Before you start your painting project, ensure that you have all the tools and products required. And follow these Top 10 Ways to Paint Like a Pro!

Wait for dry weather.

Humidity means drips and slow drying, so avoid painting on a rainy day. If you must paint when it’s humid, take your time — and take advantage of slow-drying paint to correct your errors before moving on to the next coat. But don’t overwork, or it will show when you’re finished.

Do a thorough visual inspection and prep.

Any cracked, flaking, or peeling areas need to be lightly sanded or scraped (and then thoroughly rinsed) before applying new primer and paint, because the weight of the new coat will pull the old paint loose. “You’ll just end up wasting your time and money if you don’t tackle that first,” says Tom Lee, Senior VP of Consumer Marketing for Behr. Greasy spots may also need a bit of washing with soap, followed by a rinse with clean water. Otherwise, give the walls a quick wipe-down with a damp cloth so that paint will have a clean, dust-free surface to stick to.

Buy high-quality brushes, roller covers, and painter’s tape.

If you’re splurging on great paint, you definitely don’t want to pinch pennies on the application. Good brushes and roller covers give excellent coverage so that you don’t waste time and paint on re-application, and high-end painter’s tape is the real deal when it comes to sealing out drips and blurs.


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Know your nap.

The more texture your walls have, the thicker the nap you’ll want on your roller cover so that it can reach into crevices and give complete coverage. But if you go too thick, you might actually create texture where you don’t want it, so be prepared to give your salesperson details about what you’re painting.

Protect anything you don’t want painted.

You will never regret the time you spend covering floors, furniture, and hardware before you begin a paint project. Drop cloths are a must, and small plastic sandwich bags secured with tape are an easy way to protect doorknobs.

Remove light switch and outlet covers.

If you’re impatient, you’ll be tempted to skip this five-minute step, but don’t.

Use primer.

Paint-and-primer combinations are fine if you already have a clean, smooth surface, but if there are any issues with the wall or it’s been more than eight years since you last painted, bite the bullet and go with a separate primer. If you need to cover an especially challenging surface (say, glass or high-gloss paint), use a bonding primer.

Box your paint.

Get your salesperson to help you with a realistic estimate of how much paint you’ll really need so that you can buy it all at once. Then, instead of using one gallon at a time, combine all the paint into one large container and mix it thoroughly. This is known as “boxing” your paint, and it keeps your color consistent from beginning to end.

Let the roller do the work.

Today’s premium paints flow on easily, and you’ve already chosen a good roller cover (right?), so there’s no need to use much pressure. Be sure to use an extension pole so you can reach the maximum amount of area with the least effort — and without straining your back.

Paint from top to bottom. After you’ve cut in your edges at the ceiling and baseboard using a brush, use your roller to apply paint from the ceiling downward. Amateurs often have telltale drips and spatters at the end of a paint job, but pros paint right over their mistakes as they work their way down the wall. Once an area starts to dry, it’s best to leave it alone. Going back over it can leave marks and color streaks in the paint’s surface.

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Original article By: Karin Beuerlein

Exterior Paint Color Ideas

Exterior Paint Color Ideas. Whether you go for classic white or a more daring hue, these exterior paint colors will help your house make a great first impression

No matter how much time you spend arranging your gallery wall or choosing the perfect entry console, if you want your home to make a good first impression, you have to start before your guests walk in the front door. Painting the exterior of a house can seem daunting. After all, it’s not something you can do yourself in over the weekend as you would a spare room and it’s a far more permanent choice than the color of a powder room or hallway. But while it takes more effort, a pristine painted exterior will pay off in good looks and help with curb appeal when it comes time to sell.

Choosing an exterior paint color can depend on a number of factors, including the location, the house’s architecture, and the rules of the local historical organizations or property owners associations. If you’re in an urban or suburban area, you’ll want to make sure to keep neighboring properties in mind—or risk drama at the next block party. Some areas have approved exterior colors, particularly private or landmarked communities, so be sure to double check any restrictions before you pull out the ladder. If you’re lucky enough to be secluded—with no neighbors to second guess your color choices—consider trying something bold. For a home near Lake Michigan, architect Margaret McCurry put a modern twist on the classic red barn.

A home’s architectural style is another important consideration. The pale pink of a Bahamian villa might look out of place on a Shingle-Style or modern A-frame. Take your cues from the architectural vernacular and the landscape for an exterior that’s in perfect harmony with its surroundings. And don’t forget details like shutters, front doors, and window mullions. These elements can personality to an otherwise traditional exterior and make your house stand out from the others on the block.

Yellow Exterior Inspiration

Casa Verdad, a Palladian-inspired villa in San José del Cabo, Mexico, was created by Marshall Watson Interiors in collaboration with Stephen Morgan Architect. The sunny yellow exterior was chosen to reflect the colors of landscape.

Red Exterior Inspiration

For the residence she designed near Lake Michigan, architect Margaret McCurry created a modern interpretation of the farm structures in the surrounding area. The bright cherry exterior is a spin on the traditional barn red hue.

Black Exterior Inspiration

Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan took a cue from the Rolling Stones and painted their Shelter Island, New York, home black. According to Doonan, they were inspired by the single-story charcoal-colored structures they had seen in Japan and appreciated their ability to blend into the landscape.

White Exterior Inspiration

Architect Peter Pennoyer and interior designer Katie Ridder chose classic white paint for the exterior of their Greek Revival weekend home in Millbrook, New York and accented the crisp shade with deep blue shutters.

Ochre Exterior Inspiration

The façade of Frédéric Fekkai and Shirin von Wulffen’s romantic villa in the South of France features a traditional Provençal ocher finish and gray shutters.

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