Common Home Painting Mistakes You Don’t Need a Professional to Fix

Every homeowner that does any painting for themselves will make a few mistakes every now and then. It’s not the end of the world when problems arise as you are painting. You don’t have to call a professional just because you messed up. There are some easy fixes for most of the common errors that amateur painters make.

We are going to look at a few of those fixes for you.

Handle Paint Drips
If your painting is leaving behind drips of paint on the wall, then you need to lay off the paint. Use less paint on your brush. You should only have enough on there to cover the brush and not so much that it is dripping. If you have some paint drips on the wall, you can simply repaint the area. That should even it out for you.

If the paint has dried and the drips have solidified, then you may need to chip them off with a paint scraper and then repaint that area.

Get Rid of Stains
A stain on the wall can be troublesome to fix, but you can handle that as well. You can use a white powder known as TSP (trisodium phosphate) to clean the affected area. Let that dry, and then apply an oil-based undercoat. That needs to dry too, and once it does, then you can repaint the area.

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Dealing with Brush Marks
If you painted an area of your home and then noticed brush marks on the dried paint, you might be wondering how to get rid of them. Don’t panic. Just sand down the area until it is nice and smooth and repaint it. It’s as simple as that, and the more severe and obvious brush strokes just need some extra sanding. Just be sure to only sand enough to remove the paint and not so much that you damage the walls.

Get Rid of Paint Bubbles
This is probably the most complicated paint fix you well have to tackle, but with a little know-how, you may be able to handle it. This problem is usually caused by too much moisture under the paint or in the walls. When that occurs, you may have a leak to deal with. In that case, you might need to call plumber to fix it. If it is not a leak causing the moisture, then you are probably not letting the wall dry from the most recent rain, or you just need to install some insulation in the wall.

Either way, you will need to sand over the paint bubbles or chip away at them with a paint scraper. Once they are off, you can repaint the area. Just be sure to wait until the wall is dry to do so.

Those common mistakes can all be fixed without the intervention of a professional, in most cases. Try these solutions to see if they will work for you, and you can save time and money and still get a great looking home.

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Trending House Painting Ideas

paint samplesDo you want your house to look sophisticated and modern? Then you’ll have to keep up with the latest design trends and change your home accordingly. Some trends are easier to keep up with than others, and painting trends often require the least amount of change to your home to achieve.

Last year, the trend was toward subtle, homely colours. Greys, light browns and other neutral colours reigned, but that’s all starting to change. Painting trends tend to go through cycles, and after the dry, kind of boring period, you usually get vibrant and rich colours.

That is what we are seeing for 2018 so far. People are going bolder with their colours, and they are choosing rich hues that burst with flavour and character.

The appeal of trying something new is what is bringing this bold colour palette swap to the forefront of modern interior design.

The reason behind keeping up with a paint trend is a personal one. You may just want your home to be modern and chic looking. Or you may want to try something new and might desire to see how modern trends work for you. Or you could be looking to sell your home, and you are doing everything in your power to make the home inviting to the common consumer.

Whatever the case may be, it’s not hard to stay up with the current trend. If you go bold with your colour choices and pick dark red, deep yellow, powerful blue or luscious green, then you will be right on trend. Just make sure that the paint colour you choose matches your furniture and the design aesthetic of your home.

You don’t want to change your home’s colour just because of a trend and not because you think it will look good.

You may want to do some colour comparison and take samples from the paint store into your home to compare them in the lighting they will enjoy once you apply them. That’s the best way to tell how well they will work with the rest to your decor and with the atmosphere of the house.

You don’t have to just go with bright colours to be on trend, though. A lot of people are using black as a statement colour, accenting the rest of their home with its sombre tone. This colour and other dark colours can make the lighter furniture and fixtures really pop, and you need to consider how those things will look with the new colour in place.

A great way to get some idea as to what might look good in your home is to browse modern homes online and find something that is similar to the design aesthetic you have imagined in your head. You don’t have to choose a colour palette that perfectly matches modern trends, but changing things up to go with what is trending can give your house an entirely new, very contemporary feel to it that you might otherwise miss out on.