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Living Room Painting Like a Pro

Nothing improves the appearance of a room like a fresh coat of paint. In living rooms, where families spend much of their time, a new coat of paint can add style, giving the walls and ceiling a clean appearance. Adding a touch of color can accent furniture and collectibles – the possibilities in color are endless and go from mild to wild. Painting isn’t too difficult, even for homeowners who don’t consider themselves handy. However, there are several tips homeowners can use to make their painting projects look professional. Here are some pro living room painting tips:

Preparation is Key

When painting any room, you must prepare the room for its fresh new look. That means:

  • Removing anything you don’t want to get paint on. Moving furniture to another room frees up valuable floor space for ladders and also eliminates costly drips and spatters that can ruin the appearance of upholstery and furnishings.
  • When prepping, also vacuum any debris from the walls and ceiling. This includes dust, spider webs, cookie crumbs, pet hair, and anything else that can stick to the wet paint.
  • Finally, cover all carpets and flooring with adequate protection. Plastic or canvas drop cloths are ideal for protecting your expensive floors from paint drips.

Painter’s Tape is Your Friend

Blue painter’s tape is the best way to get crisp lines around trim and window frames when painting. Anywhere you want to protect from drips, runs, and errors is a good place to apply tape. Purchase a few rolls when you stock up on painting supplies. Remember to remove the tape as soon as you are done painting for the best appearance. If you leave the tape on too long (when the fresh paint is completely dry), it can peel off some of the paint as it is removed.

Prime for Best Results

Professional painters know that priming walls can give the new coat of paint a great appearance. Primer fills in small cracks and imperfections while hiding previous paint colors. If you’re going from dark original colors to a lighter tone, tinted primers can reduce the number of finish paint coats you need to apply. Yes, priming is an extra step and an extra expense, but the additional work will result in a fresh, durable finish coat you can’t wait to show off to friends.

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