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Don’t make these 7 mistakes when painting a room

Understandably, most people aren’t interested in spending an entire day on home improvement chores; however painting a room really isn’t the sort of thing that should be rushed. Your walls are the backdrop for your life at home and the most dominant feature in any room. That’s why it’s so important to take your time and definitely do your prep work even before opening a can of paint. You’ll get better results and in the end, you’ll be glad you took the time and prepared.

Of course, not everyone gets into painting a room with care, and everyone has seen a lot of badly painted spaces. Some of your are living with the painting mistakes of your home’s previous occupants. So, we’ve come up with a list of room-painting crimes that unfortunately are all too common.

Not Choosing the Right Paint Finish

When it comes to choosing paint, 99.9% of homeowners are far more focused on the colour than on the finish (ok, we made that percentage up, but it’s probably true). However, your paint finish is just as important, because it dictates how your colour will look and how easy or difficult it will be to care for. Today, most paints available in high gloss, semi-gloss, satin, flat and eggshell finishes.

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Check the labels on the different cans of paint or ask someone in the store to help you.

 Failing to Prep Your Room

The first rule of painting a room –a little prep goes a long way! Even though you “just want to get this over with” or are excited and in a hurry to get that new paint colour up onto the walls, you really must first take the time to prep your room. It really will make your life much easier, and the results will look more professional. Here are the essential prepping tasks:

  • Pull as much furniture out of the room as possible
  • Clean the grime and any cobwebs from the walls (you might not see it, but it’s there).
  • Remove the switch plates (tape the screws to the inside of the cover so they don’t get lost)
  • Spackle and sand any holes or gouges in the walls
  • Get a good quality painter’s tape and tape off any window trim, baseboards and adjacent walls
  • Put a drop cloth down (your floors will thank you)

Not Buying Enough Paint

Before heading off to buy your paint, you’ll want to take note of the square footage of the space you’re planning to cover. Then consider how many coat of paint you plan to apply. These two details will help you figure out how much paint to buy.

It’s better to have a bit too much paint then not enough. If you have touch ups to do later on, you’ll be thankful for the leftover paint. Of course, when you talk about coats of paint, this naturally brings us to …

Not Priming Prior to Painting

When painting a room, you will use far less paint if you prime first. In fact, some paint brands offer paint and primer combined, which means makes priming effortless. Primer is often used to “neutralize” the current paint colour.  The darker the current colour, the more important priming becomes.

Painting Over Border

Wallpaper is a pain to take off. We get it. However, having to look at the all too obvious textural line that pretty much screams “there’s a border under here” is far more painful. It’s not hidden and yes, people will notice if you paint over border instead of removing it prior to painting. So if you’re ready to get rid of  those roosters or sunflowers, seashells, kittens, flowers  or whatever form of boarder has been staring down at you since the 90’s (or since you moved into your home), please, please take the border down before you paint.

Painting Over Switch Plate Covers and Hinges

Just say no.

Forgetting to Scrape Before Your Paint

…the ceiling that is. If you have popcorn ceilings, then you know just how frustrating it can be to try and paint your walls without transferring paint onto all of those the little bumps. The trick to getting this particular job done is to take a flathead screwdriver and run it along the ceiling where it meets the wall. This will help remove any texture before you start painting and makes painting a clean line easier for you.

Hate to Paint?

Of course, if you really don’t like the idea of painting your rooms yourself, you don’t have to. There are plenty of professional interior painters and handymen in your neighbourhood who would be more than happy to do the job for you. Simply browse the listings here at and contact a few interior painters for a quote.

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