Whether you're painting a wall in your child's room or somewhere else in your home, proper technique and materials are absolutely essential. If you don't go about painting the wall in the proper way, you can end up with a situation in which the paint ends up looking shoddy or amateur. Take the time to learn how to paint the walls properly so that you avoid any potential mishaps. Read on for a few of the most important and common mistakes to avoid when painting a wall in your child's room or elsewhere inside your house.
1. Using the Wrong Brush
Before you begin, evaluate the size of the wall and the texture that you want. This will help you to determine which type of brush to use. A larger brush is better for larger spaces, while a smaller one is good for detailed work. If you have an especially large surface to cover with paint, purchase an appropriately sized roller to save you time and to create an even and attractive paint face.
2. Not Using Tape
Tape is an essential part of all painting procedures. It can be used to make clean lines between where the paint exists and where the other sections of the wall exist. Mark off any edges where you'd like the paint to be clean with tape. That way, if you paint over the tape, you won't disrupt the clean line of the edge at all.
3. Not Using Primer
Primer is an important thing to remember whenever you paint an interior wall. It helps to prepare the wall to more readily absorb the paint. With primer, the paint will go on more smoothly and it will be more likely to stay on throughout many months and years, even if your child attempts to remove it or makes marks on the wall that need heavy cleaning. Follow the instructions on the packaging of the primer to apply it and allow it to set before you paint the wall.
4. Painting in the Wrong Atmosphere
If it's warm and humid outside, the conditions can cause problems for the paint when it comes time for it to set up. Install fans and dehumidifiers in the room where you're working to avoid this problem. If possible, wait until a cool or overcast day to tackle this project.
5. Not Cleaning the Walls
Before you lay down the coat of primer and the coats of paint, be sure to thoroughly and carefully clean the walls of the room in which you're working. This will make a huge difference in the appearance of the paint when the project is complete. Never assume that the walls are clean enough without first washing them.
6. Buying the Wrong Amount of Paint
Paint can be expensive, and you may not be able to return unused cans for a full refund. It may be best to purchase too little paint and then go back to the store to buy more if you need it, rather than buying too much at the outset of the project. However, you should also keep in mind that you may need extra paint on hand for touch-ups and other projects. Paint colors are often altered or discontinued, so if you need to repaint a wall in the future, you might want to have some extra on hand to ensure that the color is a perfect match.