House Painting Tips

House Painting Tips

Posted by Tara Kennedy on Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 at 1:10pm.

House Painting Tips

Preparing the area:

Fill holes by using a filler or spackle. Make sure to dry completely, then sand.

Scrape off old paint or sand walls so the area is smooth.

Clean walls

Priming the walls: Priming isn’t absolutely necessary, but it will help the paint adhere properly, and hide any dark colours or stains.

Stir paint: Paint colour will separate. Make sure to stir thoroughly, especially if the paint has been sitting for an extended period of time.

Gather your painting tools: putty knife, filler, sandpaper, rags, paint can opener, paint tray, stir sticks, angled paint brush, roller, roller cover, roller extension pole, drop cloth, and painter’s tape.

Tape the appropriate areas so you won’t get paint on the parts you don’t want painted. This includes door mouldings and baseboards.

Wear latex or plastic gloves. It’s easier than washing paint from your hands.

Picking paint:

Use the right type of paint for the right area of the house.

Eggshell is good for most rooms, especially for kitchens and bathrooms, and it’s easy to clean.

Semi-gloss has a glossy, shiny surface, and tends to be more durable.

Flat has no gloss or sheen to it. Flat is harder to clean.

Oil-based paint has a smell to it and will not dry as quickly.

Latex is a water-based paint and dries easily and quickly. If the previous wall paint was oil-based, a latex paint will not work over an oil-based one unless it is primed with an oil-based primer first. If you are unsure if the old paint is latex or oil, soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and test a small area. If it comes off, then it is a latex paint.


‘Cut in’ first using the angled brush. Paint the hard to reach, awkward, and corner areas along the ceiling, door jams, and at the baseboards.

Use the roller brush for the majority of the wall. Make sure to only load enough paint on the roller so it goes on evenly and doesn’t drip. Use a vertical and consistent motion to avoid causing streaks and lines.

Follow the instructions on the paint can of when you can apply the second coat. This timing will also depend on if you are using a latex or oil-based paint. Latex requires a 2-4 hour drying time. Oil-based requires at least 24 hours.

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