If you’re getting tired of looking at the same walls day in and day out, a fresh coat of paint might be the answer to your problems. Interior painting is a cost-effective way to breathe new life into your home. However, here are four things you must do before repainting your interior.
1. Decide On Your New Color Scheme
Before doing anything else, decide on a color scheme for your interior. There is a world of opportunities available beyond plain white walls. Paint each of the rooms in your house a different color for a funky, fun theme. If you prefer a more traditional, classic look that still contains a touch of fun, paint your walls a neutral color and add a pop of color with contrasting trims.
The sky is the limit when it comes to interior paint. If you need new ideas, look for inspiration in photos. Home decor magazines and the internet both contain a wide variety of houses in every style imaginable.
If you live with others, take the opportunity to look at inspiration photos with them. They might have valuable insight that can guide your color choices. Ultimately, everyone in the household should be happy with the color scheme.
2. Put Away Wall Decor
If you have paintings, prints, or other wall hangings decorating your home, you’ll want to remove them before the painters arrive. Wrap them in plastic wrap or store them in trash bags to keep them clean and free of dust until your home has been repainted. Store them in a closet or in the garage to keep your wall hangings well out of the way so they won’t cause anyone to trip.
Vinyl wall stickers are a popular new trend. Many people use these stickers to apply their favorite quotes to their living room or kitchen.
Removing vinyl stickers can be tricky. Apply heat using a blow dryer or heat gun, then peel off the stickers while they’re still warm. Be careful not to burn your fingers. If the stickers leave residue behind after removal, use acetone to wipe it off.
3. Clean Your Interior Walls
Over time, your walls become dirty from accumulated dust and the natural oils from your skin. This is especially true if you have small children who are prone to touching everything with dirty hands, including your interior walls.
Pets can contribute by rubbing their coats against the walls and depositing sebum. If you don’t clean this residue from your walls, it will interfere with your new coat of paint’s ability to adhere to the walls.
Use trisodium phosphate (TSP) to clean your walls before the painters arrive. This cleaner may strip the paint from your walls, so only use it before repainting. TSP is sold in powder form, so you’ll need to dilute it in water according to the directions on the package.
Open the windows to ventilate the room before you start cleaning, and wear long sleeves and pants to protect your skin. Make sure to use clothing that you don’t mind getting stained.
4. Hire a Professional Interior Painting Service
A professional painting service can finish painting your interior quickly and effectively. Before beginning to paint, they will apply plastic to your home to protect your carpet or flooring. Professional painters can give you a beautiful, streak-free application of paint that would be hard to achieve on your own. When you’re ready to give your home a new look, allow Elite Painting KC to repaint your interior. We paint walls, trim, and even ceilings with expert precision. Contact us today to speak to a representative and get a free price quote.