I recently painted our front door and am beside myself with how it turned out. Sometimes you know something is in need of a change, but you don’t realize just how much that change was needed until you do it. This was absolutely that case with our front door (and back door for that matter… I painted that too!).
I’m no expert and so when I picked up the paint I used for this project, as always, I had questions. It’s easy to assume with relatively simple DIY projects such as this, that you know what to do; but in my experience there’s always something new to learn. Even if I don’t have a specific question in mind, I always ask the sales associates if they have any tips or tricks to share.
Here are a few painting tips I’ve learned over the years that really have made a huge difference!
Samples are your Friend - Surely we can all agree that choosing the right colour can be a tricky thing? There are so many variables at play - lighting, room, accents etc. What might look great in the store, can appear completely different in the actual, intended place. Take time and test samples - it is well worth the extra effort. Painting a test splotch(es) is the best way to ensure the colour, but even taping up sample cards will prove helpful. Be sure to observe the colour during different times and lighting scenarios. This will ensure you get your desired outcome!
Buy Quality Paint - Paint is not inexpensive and so it makes sense that you might be tempted to choose the least expensive option. I strongly advise against this. Paint, especially in high-traffic areas, will inevitably get dirty and show wear. Quality paint will allow you to wash blemishes off without needing to always touch-up with more paint. Investing in quality paint can also translate into needing fewer coats, which can actually save you money (not to mention time). If I’m not familiar with certain lines of paint or see an option on sale, I always ask the paint technicians for their recommendation(s).
Ensure your Paint is Mixed Well - For proper consistency and coverage, paint that has been sitting for approx. three weeks or more should be properly mixed again, in-store.
Label your Cans - It can be all too easy to forget the name of paint used for different projects. As soon as you take paint home, write the project name on the lid to avoid later confusion - ie, kitchen, main bathroom, master bedroom vanity set.
Punch a Few Holes around the Can’s Rim - This hack is pure gold! A few holes around the inner rim of the can will allow excess paint to drip back down into the can and prevent build-up. This will especially come in handy when you are ready to close your lid.
Wet your Brush First - Prior to use, put a bit of water in the palm of your hand and run your paint brush through the small amount of water. This will create a nice base for the paint and will prevent your brush from initially absorbing too much paint which can lead to build-up and visible brush strokes.
Storing your Paint - Two point here, friends.
First, keep your paint cans off of cement floors. I don’t know the exact science here, but simply put - compounds in the cement will seep through the bottom of the paint can and affect your paint. My recent paint technician told me she can always tell when paint has sat on cement because it’s visible and no amount of mixing can correct the damage.
Second, if possible, best to store your paint can upside down. To do this, ensure you have cleaned the rim of the can of any paint, secure a firm close on the can and then flip the can upside down. This will prevent air from getting into the can; which can dry out and spoil your paint