It’s finally spring. (well sorta. It actually snowed here a bit last night!) And many of you are thinking and/or planning on painting your home. Spring is an excellent time to paint your interior rooms, because it’s not too hot or cold and you can open the windows to let the fresh air in… And that brings us to Benjamin Moore’s color of the year. All photos via Benjamin Moore, unless otherwise specified. This time, I’m putting the pretty pictures first and then will come all of the home interior painting tips.
Please enjoy the following fresh colors to try this spring.
Benjamin Moore 2088-60 Fruit Shake
Upper Wall: Benjamin Moore Ewing Blue CW-585 using Regal Select in a matte finish. Lower Wall: Market Square Shell CW-30 using Regal Select in a matte finish. Ceiling: Chesapeake Blue CW-595 using Waterborne Ceiling Paint. Trim: Harwood Putty CW-5 using Advance in a semi-gloss finish.
Benjamin Moore HC-1 Castleton Mist.
Benjamin Moore 2055-40 Bahamian Sea Blue
Benjamin Moore Super Nova 1414
Benjamin Moore Harwood Putty
Benjamin Moore Caribbean Teal 2123-20
Benjamin Moore Lavender Mist 2070-60
Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray HC-171
Painting is one of those Do-it-yourself projects that most of us can do providing our walls are in fairly good condition to begin with. So, I’ve put together a handy list of home interior painting tips.
[note: exceptions to this are: Badly cracked walls. Paint that’s flaking off in chunks. Orange peel walls from too many coats applied with a roller. Mold issues. Water damaged walls. Huge gaping holes. For all of these situations, I very much recommend finding a professional to at least do the necessary prep work as this could be quite extensive and messy]
It’s a great way to save money, however, in order to get a truly professional looking job here are some tips to get a great result:
- Choose a paint color. Okay, this might be the most difficult step of them all. For ideas for shades of white, please look here. And here for some additional “can’t fail” interior paint colors. How much paint will you need? Look on the back of the can or ask the guy at the paint store. This amount can also vary with the color, type of paint and current wall-color.
- Purchase your materials. For a comprehensive list of what you will need. Please look here.
- Have a snack.
- Put on some nice music
- If there’s furniture, put it all in the center and cover it and cover the floor. Home depot sells drop cloths.
- Prepare the walls for paint. First, dust the walls with a swiffer duster that comes on a long stick.
- Clean the walls. The paint is going to adhere so much better to a clean wall. The easiest way to clean is to make a solution of 1 cup vinegar to two gallons of warm water in a big bucket. Get some old absorbent towel rags and dunk clean ones into the solution and ring out. Then put one over your sponge mop and work from top to bottom. When it begins to look a bit dirty, take it off and use a fresh one. If the water begins to look dirty, make a fresh batch. You can also use a solution of detergent and water, but if you do, you’ll have to rinse. Let that dry thoroughly.
- Fix small holes and imperfections with a good spackle. Let it dry and sand.
- Use a primer. Primer prepares the walls to accept the paint and provides a good surface, as well. However, Benjamin Moore makes a fantastic low VOC paint that has the primer in it already and it covers beautifully. It’s their Regal Select. I have used it before and love it!
- Sand lightly. I know… it’s a pain, but well-worth it.
- Dust walls again and follow with a damp cloth, just to make sure you’ve removed all of the dust.
- Use painter’s blue tape to mask off areas not being painted.
- Choose a dry day. Water-based latex paints will dry so much faster on a day with low humidity.
- Start with the ceiling (unless it doesn’t need painting)
- Use “cut-in” techniques. There are zillions of tutorials on youtube. So, try googling them. I do recommend a 2″ angled brush, however for cutting in. For the ceiling and walls, you will want to use a roller. Again, there are painting tutorials available on youtube.
- After ceiling, let dry thoroughly. I would wait several hours. Then if no crown moulding and/or the ceiling is a different color than the walls, tape the ceiling line. Then, paint the walls
- Finally, paint the trim with your two-inch brush.
- For ceilings, I recommend flat paint. For walls I recommend matte, which is like flat but washable. And for trims, I recommend semi-gloss. I still recommend an alkyd (oil based paint) for the trim. If it is already painted in latex, it is probably better to use semi-gloss latex. If the trim is gloppy from layers and layers of paint, that is another issue entirely. If it’s really bad, it is really better to just replace the trim. Otherwise, it’s a lot of noxious fumes and dust and definitely something I would only let a prof handle.
- Depending on the type of paint, you may only need one coat or as many as five if it’s a dark color for instance. If you want a guarantee of no more than two coats. I would try Benjamin Moore’s Aura formula. They say only one coat, but it’s still usually two coats.
- Clean your brushes and stuff. For more information on how to do that, please look here. (lots of great tips here from a prof painter!)
- Take a shower, put on some clean clothes and take yourself out to dinner. You deserve it!