I've never painted walls before, but I'm hoping it'll be one of many home DIY skills that I pick-up over the coming years. We ended up saving a few hundred dollars by doing the work ourselves, but lost out on many hours of precious sleep. I read up on some painting tips prior to starting, so that even before I cracked the paint can lid, I knew how to cut in, correctly apply painters tape, and reduce brush strokes from the get go. But of course, with anything, I learned a few things the hard way:
- If you can only buy one brush, make it a 2" angled brush. The 2.5" angled brush recommended by some is too thick and awkward for some finer jobs, like doing edge work around wall-mounted hardware.
- If you bought colour-matched paint, and need to buy more, bring the can lid to the store. The lid has a dab of colour, plus a detailed description of what colours were used to mix the paint. Otherwise if you just rely on the store swatch, you seriously risk buying a very different colour. (It happened to us!)
- Do at least 2 coats of paint. Yes, we saved time by doing 1 coat, but the work was much patchier than if we had applied a second coat.
- Make sure your painting area is very well lit, so you can see where you've applied/not applied paint. In other words, try NOT to paint at night.
- When rolling on paint, use the short handle of the roller. It's tempting to attach the roller to a broom handle so you don't have to use a ladder, but it's a lot more difficult to get even coverage with a long handle.
- After you painted each wall, do a visual inspection to clean up any drips. It can be done very quickly and easily with a brush (for painted areas) or damp cloth (for unpainted areas) when the paint is still wet.
It was a lot of work, but the place really perked up after a fresh coat of paint. A few well-placed pieces of furniture and accents, and it's all tied up beautifully into one nice little apartment package.