When Repainting Your Walls, Here’s What to Do

Your walls are the cornerstone of your home’s design. It’s the component that you see most often. You also base your furniture and flooring color and texture according to your walls. As such, it should always look great and be well-kept. 

There are a variety of issues that your wall paint can run into, like:

  • Blistering – This happens when bubbles form on the surface of the wall paint. This is caused by painting on a moist or improperly-prepared surface.
  • Mold – Mold can grow on any surface, even painted walls. These black, brown, green, or even gray spots of fungi not only ruin the look of your paint but also degrades the surface it’s on. Mold spores are everywhere. For it to grow, it needs a space that’s cold and away from sunlight. This is why you see mold grow on the corners of your walls.
  • Peeling – If you notice that your paint is peeling off, it’s likely because it lost its adhesion to the surface it’s supposed to be attached to. This happens when the surface is moist or dirty.
  • Chalking – Chalking is characterized by loose, pigmented powder forming on the wall. There are a variety of reasons that this happens. The most common one is the use of low-quality paint. Another reason is age. Paint, like any other material on Earth, degrades slowly, but surely over time. If your home is decades old, expect some chalking to occur on your walls.

Paint problems are difficult to simply patch up. If you encountered any of the issues above, you’ll likely need to repaint your wall. Although this task can be done yourself, it requires a lot of time, effort and precision to do it correctly.

Here are important factors to consider when repainting your home’s walls.

Your Color Choice

If you’re going to repaint your walls, you might as well pick a fresh, different color for them. Your choice depends on your taste. If you’re not sure about which shade to use, however, you can always play it safe by using neutral colors. Great minimalist choices include pewter neutral, white dove, powder blush, and more.

These shades are perfect if you plan on selling your home in the future. White dove or pewter neutral wall paint may not be on everyone’s house hunting checklist, but what’s important is that they don’t hate it. If your home is for keeps, go wild with your favorite color. Just make sure that you can pair it with your existing flooring, curtains and furniture.

The Gear

Now that you have your color choice locked in, it’s time to get the tools and materials you need in repainting your walls. The essentials include:

  • Brush and roller – Both brushes and rollers are essential in painting walls. Get the largest brush you can find to get the most coverage possible. You could also get a smaller, one to two and a half-inch brush to paint difficult areas like crevices near your trims, doors, and windows. You’ll also need a roller to paint walls that already have their primer and first coat. Make sure you have a tray to rest your roller and brush on when you take breaks.
  • Primer – Primer is used to prepare surfaces for paint. Pavements and roads use a primer with strong adhesion to ensure they stick for a long time. Your wall won’t see a lot of foot traffic, so a regular primer should do the job.
  • Furniture protection – If you’re going to leave furniture inside the room, you’ll need a drop cloth or plastic sheets to cover them up. You should also cover the edges of your trim with painter’s tape to ensure you don’t get them stained with paint.
  • Paint- A gallon of paint covers about350 square feet. If you’re unsure about the square footage of your walls, it’s easy to calculate it. Measure the length of each wall and jot them down. Then, measure the height from the ceiling to the floor. Feed the data onto a square footage calculator. Once you have the results of each wall, add them up to get the final square footage and find out how many gallons of paint you’ll buy.

Cleanliness

You need to make sure your surface is free of dirt and debris to make sure your paint sticks to it properly. Use a damp cloth to clean your wall. If it has mold, use soap or vinegar to get rid of it. If the paint is peeling off, finish the job with a scraper.

Your wall is the part of your home that you constantly see. You may as well make it the best it can be. The best way to get rid of possible issues with your wall paint is to repaint the whole thing. This way, you get a clean and consistent look. It takes a lot of time and effort to repaint a wall. Consider these factors before you start your first brush stroke and you’ll have a smooth painting experience. 

Isa Lillo

Hi, I'm Isa and I’m an online entrepreneur based in the United Kingdom. This blog is about sharing experiences and advice, start an eBay reselling business, make money online and from home.

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