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Brent Giddings, April 14 2024

7 Steps On Painting a Room in your house

1. First, pick the color! This is the most exciting part of the process. Hang swatches of paint on your walls and look at the swatch in different lighting. Consider how it looks in the day and how it looks at night with your lights on. You can take it a step further and get a sample of the actual paint and put it on your wall. These are available at most paint stores.

2. Next up is preparation. Not the most exciting task but most necessary. Begin by removing everything on the wall (decor, pictures, etc). Then fill any holes and dents with spackling that you do not want to keep. Then move all furniture away from the wall. A minimum of a 3 foot space is good. Next up is to cover your stuff! Paint has a way of traveling in the air. Put drop clothes covering your floor and if you have belongings nearby it doesn’t hurt to cover those with painters plastic or a drop cloth as well. Next take the time and remove all outlet covers and vents. This will ensure a nice thorough job of your painting. You can wash or wipe down your wall if needed.

3. One more thing before you start. If you are going to be painting a very light color over a dark color you might want to consider priming your walls before the painting. If there are stains on the walls this is a good time to get those covered with a primer too.

4. Taping the trim is a tricky one. Often the paint will bleed through despite your best efforts to cover the trim. If you can try to paint a good line without tape that is the way to go. Keep a wet rag with you and wipe off any excess paint you get on the trim.

5. Supplies - Painting with a good brush is crucial for a good job. This is a thing you don’t want to skimp on. Cheap supplies and paint can result in a poor painting job. Depending on the finish of your wall you will want a roller that will do the best job. A professional at your local paint store can help you pick one out.

6. Painting - Two coats is always necessary. Some paints promise a one coat coverage. Do not believe this, you will see through it on some part of the wall making it look unfinished. Let each coat dry to the touch before you start coat number two. Roll the wall with a proper amount of paint on the roller. Keep it even and do not let globs of paint unrolled. Take your time as you will see these walls everyday.

7. Lastly clean up and put the outlet and switch covers back on once the walls are dry.

We at Giddings Painting Company are ready to take on the job to make it much easier for you. Contact us today for residential and commercial painting services in Fargo and Moorhead.

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Brent Giddings

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