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Common Painting Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

Posted by CCE Bloggers on 10/2/2018 to General Home Decor
Common Painting Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

If you're ready to give your home a makeover, you should consider painting the walls. It's one of the easiest ways to revitalize the decor. Painting the walls brings fresh, new color into the atmosphere, thereby improving your home's aesthetics. However, you'll want to avoid making the following mistakes when painting the walls in your home.

Not Removing Furniture

Whether you are painting the living room, bedroom, hallway or coat closet, remove all furniture from the area. As most seasoned painters know, it's nearly impossible to prevent spilled paint. Even small droplets of paint that drip from your brush can stain and damage furniture. The only surefire way to completely protect your furniture from such damage is to remove it.

Using the Wrong Color

Color is the single most important thing to consider when choosing paint for your home. If it clashes with the surrounding decor, you may find yourself spending extra time and money repainting it. So, what's the best color for your home? Pick up some paint swatches from your local paint or home improvement store and place them on your wall. This will give you a better idea of which colors work best in your home's decor.

Not Cleaning the Walls

Some homeowners assume there's no point in cleaning their walls before painting them. They believe that since they are painting over the walls, leaving them dirty is perfectly fine. This isn't true, however, and failure to clean your walls beforehand will negatively affect the outcome of your paint job. If you don't clean the walls beforehand, paint may struggle to stick to them. Additionally, you may see specks in the paint where dirt and debris is present. To prevent this from happening, always clean your walls before painting them.

Getting Paint on the Carpet

Regardless of the type, paint doesn't come out of carpet very easily. This is why it's a good idea to use caution when painting your walls and avoid getting any on the carpet. You can place larger drop cloths or painter's cloths over your carpet, securing the edges of it to the wall with duct tape.

Using a Single Coat

A single coat of paint is almost never enough to create a finished, polished look. Most types of paints (and colors) require up to one-half dozen coats, The only exception is black, which due to its dark tone, may only require two or three coats.

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