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Interior Painting Tips

Interior Painting Tips


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Plan. Prepare. Paint – Have you been thinking about repainting a room or an entire level of your home for a while now? Have you been hesitant because you are scared you will mess it up, literally. Or, maybe you’re worried it won’t turn out how you envisioned it? Well never fear, Handy Matt your Columbia handyman is here! Education is such a crucial part of our service industry, and we love to share our expert knowledge with the CoMo community. Use the following tips to prepare for your upcoming interior painting job, and to help you see the job through. And, if you decide to take off the painter’s beret and lay down your palette, our professionals are just a call away to get the job done!

How to Choose The Right Paint

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Possibly the most crucial step of the entire painting process, also happens to be the very first step. Choosing the right paint. This can be intimidating, but considering these factors will help you in your decision making process.

Picking the Base:

There are two major types of paint for the interior of your home: latex and oil. The distinction between them is easily seen in their qualities:

Latex Paint: Latex paint is a fast drying paint. It has a gloss like finish, is very durable, and is easy to.

Oil Paint: The major benefits of oil paint are its durability and how easily it adheres to painting surfaces. High traffic rooms are very good spots for oil paint, as it is very stain resistant and durable to the touch.

Matching the Base to the Room:

Keeping the above information in mind, think of the rooms you intend to paint, and match each room’s characteristics with the paint’s benefits. In high traffic rooms like your kitchen or bathroom, it is usually better to go with an oil based paint. Where as if you are painting your basement, that receives less action on a daily basis, a latex based paint might be a better choice.


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Once you have chosen the paint, it is time to prepare for the job! Utilize this checklist to make sure you are as prepared as possible:

  • Select Your Color
  • Gather Your Equipment: Step Ladder, Brushes, Buckets, Roller Dish, protective plastic or cloth tarps
  • Choose the Right Brush
  • Buy The Right Amount of Paint

Some notes to consider:

  • When you are selecting the color for your room, compliment the colors of the other features in the room, and that the colors will match well. (Don’t be afraid to ask the opinion of an expert)
  • Don’t overlook selecting the right brushes. You will probably need a mixture of brushes, from 1” brushes for smaller areas, to 4” larger brushes for the large flat areas like main walls.
  • Buying the right amount of paint requires a little bit of math, but it shouldn’t be too difficult. Calculate the square footage of each surface (Height x Width) and add them together. The majority of paint cans will be labeled with general coverage estimates.


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Lay out your protective tarps and masking tape. You are almost ready to paint! All you need to do is prepare the surface. Follow these checklist items:

    • Clean and Prepare the Surface: Make sure all surfaces are smooth and clean.

A common mistake made is not cleaning the walls, and the dirt on them  interferes with the adhesion of the paint.

    • Tape the Surface: Using the blue painters tape you have probably either used before or seen in the commercials, line the baseboards and outer lines of the surface you are looking to paint. This will make it easier for you to paint at a good pace, as well as avoiding ruining baseboards and things you don’t want to paint.
    • Prime The Wall: Choose a primer to coat the surface under the desired outer layer of paint. Priming will not only help with adhesion, but will also take care of any visible spots of the original color.


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It is finally time to get the job done! Use these simple yet crucial tips to execute the job right and leave your house looking great.

Paint in the right Order: (Work Top to Bottom)

      • Ceiling
      • Walls
      • Woodwork
      • Floo

Use the Right Utensil, For Time’s Sake

Brush: While keeping in mind that it is best practice to hold a brush at the handle, you are going to want to use brushes for the smaller objects, parts that are close to the ceiling/floor, and also in corners. You can use a brush everywhere, but it is easier to use a roller.

Roller: Use a roller for the long, smooth surfaces to be more efficient with your time. Make sure to utilize the roller tray’s edges to remove excess paint to be efficient and to layer on a smooth layer.

Be consistent with your brush strokes and “rolls.” This will make the layers smooth and avoid any unwanted lines and noticeable defects on the wall. Depending on the room you are painting, or the type of paint you are using, you might need to paint a couple of layers. This will increase the durability of the paint, prevent the base paint from being seen, and make the color “pop.”

Clean Up!

Before you let the paint dry, take a moment to clean up! Be careful while in the process of painting and cleaning as paint is very difficult to get out of unwanted areas, such as carpet, furniture, and other soft materials. Once the paint dries, remove the tape, and as long as no touch ups are needed, you are ready to go! Save the excess paint for future touch ups, just in case you need it.

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The painting process is a very detail oriented task that requires the proper amount of time and attention to do it properly. Professional work is always the best option, and with Handy Matt, it is an affordable and practical one. Let our team save you time and money, by calling 573-489-4320 to schedule your painting job today!






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