Painting is an affordable and impactful way to upgrade your home. Sometimes you don’t need major renovation or demo just a quick paint job. Many of my DIY and home improvement projects require painting so here are some tips that have helped me along the way.
1. Use Sharp Lines Tape
If you are painting a design such as I did on the DIY geometric wall you want to use special tape to create the design. I used Scotch sharp lines tape. This type of tape creates cleaner lines. I have found that there are less air pockets so less paint tends to fall in the taped off areas compared to just regular painters tape. Frog tape also makes a line of sharp lines tape that I have heard good things about but I haven’t tried it yet.
2. When you use any type of Spray Can try it on piece of paper first
Using spray paint can be tricky and hard to work with. I have found that its hard to determine the consistency of paint that will come out each time I use it. Now I always try the spray paint on a piece of paper before I put it on what I am working on so I can judge how far away I need to spray and how many layers I need. This is especially important when you are working with a spray paint type you have never used before
3. Use a paper plate to travel with your paint
When I was doing the geometric wall I had to switch to different paint colors. I found that the regular paint tray I was using from Home Depot got way to heavy to lug around after a while and I didn’t really need that much paint. For smaller areas where you just need a little paint I pour the paint on a paper plate so I can easily travel around to the areas I need to paint
4. Shop your own paint store
I like to buy a little more paint than I need for a project so that I have some left over for future projects. I found this to be a great way to tie different parts of your house together if you have similar color palates available to use. This also saves you more trips to the hardware store in the future.