Moving or Improving? Tips for a
Flawless Painting Project
(BPT) - Did you know spring is the best time to sell your home? And now that
the housing market is bouncing back, there's never been a better time to do it.
But even if you're planning to stay put for the long haul, chances are there
are some much-needed touch-ups you could be doing to keep your home in tip-top
shape. And you don't have to break your back, or the bank, to do it. In fact,
adding a new coat of paint is a quick, affordable, and possibly the most
impactful, way to get your project done.
Prep, prime and primp
Misusing color can be a surefire way to turn people off from your home. For a
more inviting look that nearly everyone can enjoy, opt for neutral paint
colors. A subtle beige, slight grey or even white can do the trick.
First, move furniture out of the room and place drop cloths to protect the
floor. Remove any picture frames, outlet covers and wall decor. Then, gently
scrub the walls with a mild detergent and water mixture using a soft sponge to
remove any dirt, grime or lint. Don't forget to prime your walls before
applying color to ensure the best end-results.
Paint like a pro
For an ultra-smooth finish, try Purdy's line of Ultra Finish roller covers.
These premium microfiber roller covers, available in 9-inch lengths and varying
nap thickness, provide an even release of paint and deliver a consistent
application from start to finish. Plus, they work great with any kind of paint
and finish, including satin, semi-gloss and gloss, taking the guesswork out of
the DIY equation.
When applying paint, start at the top and work your way down. For superior
results, you'll want to fill the well of your roller tray with paint, dip the
roller in half-way and then roll it back onto the tray's angled platform to
easily remove excess paint. This will reduce dripping and improve overall paint
cover. The best approach for applying paint? Use your roller cover to make an
overlapping "W" pattern in a 2-foot by 2-foot area; then fill in and
For smaller interior paint projects or tight spaces, Purdy also has a variety
of innovative mini roller choices that are versatile, lightweight and can
quickly and easily deliver a perfect finish with smooth rolling action. These
combined features make them the ideal applicator for a variety of projects like
painting doors and cabinets, to freshening up tables, chairs and even bedroom
Keeping your color conviction
If you're still feeling deprived of color after your painting project is
complete, never fret. There are several ways to add a pop of color throughout
your home without slathering the walls with offensive paint colors. Try
incorporating fun accent pieces in your favorite colors - think lamps, frames,
pillows and rugs. You can even include larger focal pieces like royal blue
armchairs or a patterned couch to make a bolder statement. By keeping the
overall aesthetics of your home neutral and inviting, and enhancing them with a
few sight-provoking embellishments, house guests will be asking you for home
decorating tips. And if your end goal is to get your home sold, consider these
minor improvements a step in the right direction.