Updated: Nov 6, 2018
Painting a room in your home can give it a whole different feel for an affordable price. However, painting can easily seem like more of a nightmare than a fun home project if used improperly. Use this guide during prep, application, and cleanup to help you rock your next painting project.
1. Using the wrong trim paint
Though many builders use semi-gloss paints for trim to make it stand out, choosing a tougher, more durable paint is wise. Trim often goes through more wear and tear than walls, so be mindful of that when choosing trim finishes. A duller trim that is easy to clean, such as matte enamel paint, may be your best bet.
2. Not utilizing color samples
After choosing your favorite paint chips, color samples should be your next step. Have one of our associates mix up a sample of your desired color and brush a little on your walls to see how your chosen color looks in different lighting situations. Paint samples are inexpensive and at Ritter Lumber, you’ll receive a $5 off coupon when you come back to buy your corresponding gallon of paint! Using samples is a great way to assure you get the perfect color the first time.
3. Buying the cheapest paint
Purchasing higher quality paints can actually make things easier on you in the long run. While buying the cheapest paint possible may save a few dollars upfront, investing in name brand paints like Valspar or Clark+Kensington will help you cut down on time by giving you more even paint coverage with less coats. They also have more resistance to fading, meaning you won’t have to refresh your paint as often.
4. Storing leftover paint improperly
Be sure to keep your paint in a tightly sealed container to keep it from drying out. This will ensure you have plenty of extra paint if touch ups are needed. For easy access, store a small amount of paint in a mason jar with a lid. Keep paint in a cool, dry place as water and heat can alter the consistency and color of paints.
5. Improperly cleaning your brushes and rollers
To clean dirty paint rollers, first roll the excess paint onto a disposable surface. For latex-based paints, use soapy water to clean the remaining paint from your roller. However, for oil-based paints, the best product to get your roller clean will be paint thinner. Grab some gloves, pour your paint thinner into a clean paint tray, and roll your roller around like you would to spread paint onto it. Once most of the paint is gone, submerge your roller in some warm soapy water to complete the process. Once rollers are clean, be sure to set them out to dry completely before placing them in plastic bags for storage.
Pro tip: If you’ve let your dirty paint brushes harden just a little too much, add 2 tablespoons of fabric softener to a cup of water to loosen dry paint.