For those of you who follow me on Instagram know that I have been busy painting my house in preparation for our big move. I painted 8 rooms in about three weeks- all with three kids around, and while I am no professional, I feel like I know enough to share some tips to help you get that paint up a little easier. Here are ten indoor house painting tips for the every day, non professional painting, mom.
1. Get a sitter, if you can…
I know this said painting for moms, but, come on now- you KNOW it’s going to be hard to paint a room with you kids around, TRUST ME! If you do have to have your kids home, then set them up for success with a movie, snacks, drinks and whatever else they need. Block off the space so you don’t have little hands wanting to “help” and even offer a special prize if they leave mommy be when she is painting.
2. Buy the right paint
I am no expert, but I know you want to buy the right paint for the right space. Getting a flat paint is a bad idea in rooms where you have lots of kid traffic since they don’t wash easily. The paint with the primer mixed in is great for covering darker colors or walls that are really yucky. It does cost more, but it’s worth it not to have to do 3 coats or more. Ask your friendly neighborhood painting guy or girl for their best recommendation, but remember that not all paints are created equal.
3. Organize your rooms by ease of accessibility
If you are painting multiple rooms, you will want to start kid’s rooms early in the day so they have time to dry and air out before bedtime. You can save rooms like the kitchen or the extra bathroom for when the kids are asleep, since they won’t need be in there.
4. Get a good quality paint brush
Trust me on this one. Unless you want to tape every since corner of your room, getting he right paint brush can help you do the trim without taping. I use a 1 1/2 Purdy brush, yes it costs more, but it will be well worth it. Again, ask your paint store person for the best brush for you.
5. Prepare your space
Prepare your space by moving the furniture, taking down wall stuff, and removing electrical plate covers. Then, use a paint over wall putty to patch up any holes or dings, wash the baseboards and dust the walls if you need to. Then, get your painting space ready. I just like to use newspaper around the base of the room, and place some extra for where my paint will be. Once your paint is ready to go, grab your painting tools: roller, brush and a cup for painting trim (I just like to use a disposable solo cup)
6. Start from the top and work down
Begin at the top of your room, painting where the ceiling and walls meet, then I do the roller everywhere and lastly the trim on the bottom. If you need to do another coat, wait for the first to dry slightly before doing the second.
7. Buy more paint than you’d think
One gallon of paint is suppose to cover around 350 square feet, but that is only one coat.If you are painting a lighter color over a darker, you will probably need two coats for sure, if not a third light one, so get more paint than you think and take a picture of the top of your paint gallon too just incase you do run out and have to get more (like I did!).
8. If you have to finish the next day…
Try and finish a room in one day, but if you must wait till the next day, wrap your brushes and rollers in a few air tight plastic bags and place them in the fridge. This will help too keep them “wet” so they don’t dry and out overnight causing you to have to buy a new roller. Money saver!
9. Clean your brushes properly
This is probably in Painting 101 but I definitely missed this memo when I first started painting rooms years ago and i ruined many, many paint brushes. To clean them, I like to soak them in a disposable cup with warm soapy water for a few minutes, refilling the water until it is more clear. Then I use a wire brush and gently scrub the paint out of the brush in one motion, from handle to brush ends, not the other way or back and forth. Once the brush runs clean, you can hang it upside down to dry. This will allow your more expensive brush to last painting more than just a few rooms!
10. Painting goes best with wine- just not too much!
Well, this is my rule always- unless I’m painting in the morning, of course, and then a BIG cup of coffee or tea is on order! Whatever your vice is, make sure to have plenty so you can have enough energy to get your job done!
So are you a DIY painter or a high someone type of painter? To be honest, If I wasn’t always on a budget, I’d totally hire someone just because painting is a huge time suck, but if you add in a glass of wine, some good music and maybe a friend to help you, if can be a fun job!