Guest Post by Andrea Davis
Applying a fresh coat of paint is the easiest way to revitalize the look and feel of your home. But the price and labor of a painting update can be intimidating for some homeowners. Here are six ways you can you save time and money on your next painting project.
Tip #1: Check Local Recycling Centers
US News & World Report notes that recycling and hazardous waste centers take in old, unused cans of paint from local residents and businesses. Paint has a long shelf life, so it’s not uncommon to find usable paint at these centers. Best of all, paint from recycling centers is usually free.
Tip #2: Illuminate the Walls
Professional painters often bring their own spotlights and clamp lights to jobs. A clamp light or similar illumination tool will help spot mistakes before the job is done. Addressing mistakes as you go will save you time and money later.
Tip #3: Use a Primer
A primer as your base layer will help your paint adhere to untreated surfaces like raw wood or unfinished drywall. The use of primer is also good if you’re dealing with stained or rough surfaces that might require multiple coats of paint to gain an even finish.
Tip #4: Buy Better Paint
Professional painting services rarely opt for cheap paint, unless specifically directed to do so by the customer. Most cheap paints won’t shine as brightly or look as smooth as higher-quality alternatives. Using lower quality paints will also require multiple coats of paint to achieve a finished look, which can increase costs. Most high-quality paints, including those which feature a primer in the mixture, go on in one coat. They will cost more per can, but completing your job will require less paint.
Tip #5: Don’t Rush to Select a Color
Consider how your color will work with your space before making a purchase. Being sure about your color choice will save you time and money. Rushing into a color selection can result in a touch up or repainting altogether.
Tip #6: Know Your Finishes
Lastly, make sure you pick the right finish for the room. Here are the four major finishes:
- Flat: Great for interior walls and ceilings.
- Eggshell: Ideal for living rooms, bedrooms and dining room walls as it is easy to wash and touch up.
- Satin: The easy-to-clean nature of satin finishes makes it perfect for high-traffic areas of the home.
- Semi-Gloss/Gloss: Reserve this finish for trim, molding, cabinets, kitchens and bathrooms due to its great coverage and washable, durable nature.
Follow these simple tips and you’ll not only find yourself saving money at the hardware store or with your professional painters, but you’ll also save time by not having to repaint or frequently touch up your newly painted surfaces.
Andrea Davis is the editor at HomeAdvisor, which connects homeowners with home improvement professionals in their area for free.