3 people painting the same wall at the same time? It will look exactly like 3 people took part in painting it (not a good look).
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We learned that the best method (especially when using a ladder) is to work from top to bottom. This ensures that the ladder is not resting on wet paint while moving around. David also attempted rolling on the paint to see if this would be faster (eye roll) but it most DEFINITELY was not. The paint sprayer was SO worth it! We finished painting the brick and cleaned out the paint sprayer.
Professional painters also know which paints, tools and set up equipment are right for the surfaces in your older home. Plus, many companies have paint color professionals who can help you choose colors for your project so your home retains its original character.
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Want to sell your house faster? Use the paint colors that sell - to improve the curb appeal and raise the value of your house in the eyes of prospective buyers. After all, first impression is everything and when it comes to paint color, ugly costs you just as much as beautiful.
When you call your painter of choice to get on their schedule, be sure to ask them to send you a copy of the agreement (and double-check that it’s been signed by someone from the company).
Older homes often have surfaces that newer homes don’t. Plaster walls, exposed brick, wood paneling and exterior architectural blocks are common in older homes. Using the right paint and tools on these surfaces (plus the right paint and tools for the room itself) is important to ensure the longevity of the project.
This was so great! Thank you for all the tips. I’d like to buy a house and fix it up one day and I know these tips will come in handy! Kathryn February 25, 2015
Always be sure to prep your roller and brushes before painting. You don’t want brush lint or bristles on your walls. And don’t forget to tape!
Your home’s style depends on the size and the location of your property and your personal preference. Think about whether you want a vibrant look with cool colors or a more warm and neutral tone. Some common home styles include coastal, modern, colonial, and cottage. Identify your style and start choosing the rest of the elements of your home.
From there, you can select interior colors that provide a smooth transition as people walk through the front door. It’s important to think about the accents in and around your home, such as furniture, decorations, patio pieces, and more. Think about your front entry door, as this will be the focal point of your exterior. You can paint the inside and the outside of your front door indifferent colors. However, it is important to match it with the borders seen from either the inside or the outside. These features may seem small and insignificant on their own, but together they will either make or break the entire aesthetic of your home.
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