Step 1. Clear your thoughts before arranging your interior house painting project
There are no doubts that interior house painting is one of the most used DIY activities. It can be great for expressing ones creativity or, if it’s simple, to serve as a good anti stress therapy.
The main question is why do you want to paint your house? Is it been a while? Did it get nasty due to the winter heating or maybe there is too much dust that is sticking on the walls or you are suffering moisture and spalling appeared? Maybe you’ve bought new furniture that you like very much so you need to rearrange the colors into your rooms or maybe you want to sell your house so you need to prepare it for the potential buyer?
The reasons ?
Whatever the reasons may be, there are two ways to implement the process of interior house painting. Or looking at it the other way it’s about knowing exactly what you want vs. having no idea where to start.
You can paint the interior of your house by yourself or you hire a professional interior house painter. The first one is harder and time demanding work and if you
decide to go for it be prepared for many unexpected surprises and challenges. If you don’t have enough time and patience maybe it will be the best for you to let a professional do the job.
Whatever you decide you should know few things at this preliminary stage.
Know more about the lights and darkness game
It’s important to know how much sunlight is there into your rooms. How many of them are with light colors and how many with dark colors? How big are the windows? Dark rooms require a lot of sunlight, with other words a lot of windows or at least enough big windows.
If harmony is important to you might want to use complementary colors and a lot of symmetry. However, some of you might want to take a risk and decide to use a lot of contrast and bold colors. If you are sealing your place it is advised that you use so called neutral colors.
Painting your kitchen will be different than your living room or bedrooms. It requires a gloss layer that will ease the cleaning of the walls later. Big walls and high ceilings are usually painted with flat paints.
Some of you might want to combine interior house painting with wallpaper installation. But in any case, if you are not sure which colors fit you the most then maybe it’s time for you to hire a professional home decorator.
It all depends on how you want to feel inside your home. It is no surprise that Chinese Feng Shui or the Indian Vastu Shastra emphasize a lot the role of colors within man’s life, follow by some kind of sacred cosmic geometry.
Bottom line, the good thing in this interior home painting story is that even if you make a mistake or you simple are not satisfied with your choice, everything can be painted all over again
This is no DIY guide. This is contractor’s point of you. So first Is first, and that in this case is to have a clear vision why do you need to paint your house and how do you want it to look like.
Step 2. Ask for suggestions and approval
Those of you, who don’t live alone, when talking about interior house painting, may face an unnecessary difficulty that comes from not approving your choice by the others in your home. Involve them into the decision making process, talk about the colors and offer more than one suggestion. However, if you are the one paying for the whole thing and even more if you are doing it by yourself, then you should have the final word.
Step 3. Estimate the area
Check your walls area for any cracks and pumps or deeps and estimate the area of your walls so you can estimate the cost.
Damaged area on the walls require an extra effort and materials to fix that condition so that the next layers of paint don’t fall even if you put a primer, also it looks ugly when the light brakes from the wall surface, it gives unpleasant image.
You need to measure the walls area, which is done by the simple formula of multiplying the walls height and weight, minus the doors and windows area. You should not insist in exact area because it is always better to have more paint than less.
After knowing the round number of square feet area of your walls you can make estimation the number of gallons you’ll need for each of the colors you plan to use to paint the interior of your house.
Step 4. Looking for the best and most affordable solution
The previous estimation should help you to structure you interior house painting budget. Knowing the walls area covers only one aspect of the whole budget. The overall cost depends also on the quality of the paint and additional materials you’ll need to purchase.
Usually you’ll need to apply two coats of paint. With some colors with greater quality you might apply even one coat. So that’s why you need a reliable professional paint seller.
You can also try choosing paint from color advice websites or if you are good with Photoshop you can construct an image of your rooms with the paint you have chosen. But you should know that the paint on your computer is never the same with the real paint applied on your wall. So if you decide this, just to be sure, send it to the potential contractor for a checkout.
The good thing today is that many interior house painting professionals give free estimation so your task will be to provide exact wall area dimensions.
Step 5. Search and choose a interior home paint contractor
After you have set your mind and know what you want or what you need and which part of the house will be painted, after you have prepared your budget, it’s time to choose the best and most affordable interior house painting contractor.
There are certain qualities that must be met by the professional painter. Before choosing one you cannot know how the contractor will do the job, the way he works. However, you can ask appropriate questions and do a small research that will help you to have some picture about his qualities,
Credibility – This means not only competence but, more important, trustfulness and reliability. It takes years to come to that level where the costumers will recognize you as someone who will do the job and deliver the wanted results. It’s not only about knowledge of the types of paints, the latest techniques and the performance.
Every contractor needs to be patient and careful. He should notice the details. He needs to be accurate and respect the timetable. In that context, punctuality is necessary not only regarding showing up on time, but also being precise and apply the next layer of paint at the right moment (not to early, before the paint went dry).
Cleanness is important. Be careful and intervene if you must if your painter is acting like some crazy artist and doesn’t care and clean up the mess his is leaving behind.
Having license and certification is not proof for one is a good painter. The painting contractor must guarantee quality and everything should be written down into an agreement.
Step 6. Clean and prepare the house
After signing the agreement, in which you have determined the work timetable you need to prepare the house. Take of as much as furniture possible out of the working area. Clean the floors and windows from any dust and provide clear working area.
If you have massive furniture that moving it out can do more damage than good, leave it inside and cover it with some kind of protective material. Some paint contractors may ask from you to this as preparation and some will do it by themselves.
Step 7. Execution or what will interior home painting contractor actually do?
The phase of painting the marked area includes several activities that are basically every painter executes. If you look for a job description you’ll find these painting duties:
- Preparing the area (including moving furniture and fixed elements, and returning them back – not all painters agree on this)
- Surfaces preparation which includes scraping, washing walls, wallpaper removal, fixing dumps and holes
- Determine which materials and the amount that will be needed and how long it will take
- Paint mixing, colors matching, applying paints
- Provide decoration and paint finish
- Constant communication with owners and be prepared for on spot suggestions
- Maintain cleanliness while working
- Cleaning up after project is finished and etc.