It is impossible to say whether it is easier or harder to paint a home’s interior space, as opposed to the exterior. Simply put, it is just different, and it involves a unique set of rules and techniques. How do you get the best possible results out of your interior paint job? Here are some tips for painting your home’s interior:
Tape off. Use easy – release painter’s tape to tape off edges, trim, windows, doors, architectural features, and the edge where the wall meets the ceiling. Taping off is arguably the most important thing you can do when it comes to getting great results, so be prepared to devote even more time to taping off than you do to painting.
Clear the space. It is a good idea to completely clear the space where you plan on painting. Remove whatever furniture you can to avoid costly paint drips and prevent possible trip-ups.
Choose the right paint finish. There are different paint finishes for different effects, and the finish you choose should be dependent on the look you are going for, as well as the condition of your walls and the amount of upkeep your walls will need. High gloss finish is easy to clean, but it will highlight any imperfections your walls might have. Flat paint is best for concealing imperfections, but it is very difficult to keep flat paint clean. Semi-gloss and eggshell finished are somewhere in between, and each has its own look and feel.
Protect your flooring. Lay down a tarp, or plastic or cotton sheeting to cover the entirety of your flooring. Be sure to secure the sheeting to the walls so that it doesn’t budge while you are painting.
Prepare your walls. Clean the walls with a mixture of soap and water, and then rinse them with a wet rag. Fill nail holes and other imperfections with putty, and then sand them down so they are uniform with the rest of the wall. Lastly, apply a primer as a base coat.