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Everything you need to know to paint an interior room like a pro

If you're looking for a way to transform your space without the stress of a large price tag, giving it a fresh coat of paint will do the job! Though the thought of hiring someone to change your wall colours might sound of budget, we can assure you that this home project is definitely one you can handle on your own! DIYing isn't everyone's forte, but with these tips, your place will look professionally painted in no time. 

PREP BEFORE PAINTING

Laying a good foundation for your paint is just as important as the paint job itself! Give your walls a thorough check before going in with primer or paint. Whether there's small nail pops or minor repairs, you want to ensure that everything is sanded down smoothly. Drywall has a texture that can become extremely visible once plastered, so avoiding that will make a difference in the final look.

DON'T BUY LOW-QUALITY TOOLS

Though buying cheaper tools may seem like a "good enough" option, it's always better to invest in good quality for long term results. Not only will you be able to use them for years to come, but they will also perform more efficiently. 

PICK THE RIGHT PRIMER

Choosing a primer isn't something you want to wing. While it's not always necessary before painting, there are many cases where it is. Visiting your local paint store can help Each one has different characteristics such as super adhesion, interior, exterior and stain blocking.

CONSIDER DIFFERENT SHEENS

Between high-gloss, satin, eggshell, semi-gloss and flat, you might be wondering how to choose the right sheen for your walls. It's important to remember that the flatter the sheen, the truer the paint colour. Also keep in mind that the higher the sheen is, the more revealing any wall defects or patches will be. 

GO IN WITH A PLAN

Before you take your paint roller to the wall, have a plan. Rather than going with the flow, decide which specific walls you want to do first and in what order you want to paint your trim and ceiling. Having a plan will help the painting process go smoothly!

AVOID PAINTING OVER WALLPAPER

As tempting as it may be to take the quicker way out and paint on top of your current wallpaper, you likely won't be pleased with the result. Applying latex paint to wallpaper surfaces can cause it to absorb the moisture and react by bubbling. 

TAKE CARE OF YOUR TOOLS

If you have chosen to invest in quality tools, it's important to take good care of them. By cleaning your tools and storing them in their place, they can continue to perform as well as they did the first time you used them.