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Painting: On Trend for Little Cash

Posted by Molly Gilbert on January 23, 2017
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Painting an interior room such as a bedroom or a bathroom can let you experiment with trends in a fun and easy way. Painting, too, can add value to your home without costing you a lot of cash.

Before you get out your brushes, make sure you follow a few steps so that your experiment will be successful. Here are some guidelines you should consider.

Do Your Homework

Research the products on the market. You might be familiar with terms like “semi-gloss” or “flat,” but consider the kind of room you’re painting and how you want the paint to perform. Are you painting your kitchen or bathroom? Your child’s bedroom? The laundry room?

Different rooms with different uses might require different kinds of paint—and there are multiple options. So, it’s best to investigate before you choose a color and a finish. Consult with a professional at your local home improvement store to learn more.

Test the Paint First

Paint a small area of the room so you can see what the paint looks like on your walls. Once you select a color and finish, purchase a sample and paint a small area of your room. Then you can see what the color looks like in your environment and lighting and whether or not it suits your taste. And you can use the left over paint for other DIY projects.

Look at your test patch throughout the day. The color can change dramatically from morning to mid-day to evening. Make sure to pick a color that works all day long.

Prep & Materials

Prep the site. Make sure you choose a primer that will prepare for your new paint. Primers help new paint “stick” to the surface and keep the old color from bleeding through. Painters’ tape will keep the paint where you want it and away from where you don’t want it. The same goes for drop cloths and paint trays.

Now that you’ve done your homework, it’s time to transform your space!