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What to Expect When Repainting Rooms in Your Home

calander Oct 28 , 2020 user-icon Nash Painting

Of all the ways to improve a home’s appearance, applying a fresh coat of paint to interior rooms is one of the most cost-effective and potent. This doesn’t mean home interior painting is easy, however. If you plan on taking on the task of repainting some or all of your rooms, plenty of potential pitfalls (big and small) await you. Some individuals might hear this and recoil, but as long as you’re prepared for the ups and downs of the job, you’ll be able to handle whatever comes your way. With that in mind, let’s go over what to expect when repainting rooms in your home.

Prepare to Repair

If it’s been a while since you last updated a room, there’s a good chance that some of your surfaces have seen better days. Minor, surface-level scratches and marks can often be easily removed or simply painted over, but more significant damages won’t disappear so easily. Cracks, dents, and holes in drywall, baseboards, moldings, etc. must be fixed up before applying a new coat of paint. Otherwise, you’re just asking for the issue to get worse. It’s better to deal with these problems while they’re manageable instead of waiting for a major issue to take hold. So, if you’re planning on repainting your interior spaces, be on the lookout for damage and deterioration and prepare to repair what’s broken.

Things Might Get Messy

Painting is an inherently messy business, and home painting is no exception. No matter how careful you are when opening paint cans, dipping your brush, or applying the paint, some paint will end up in places you might not expect. Knowing this, it pays to protect yourself, your floors, furniture, features, and all other surfaces you don’t wish to paint prior to getting started -- this means wearing clothing you don’t mind getting dirty, removing furniture and accessories from the premises, laying down drop cloths to cover your floors, covering fixed features with tarps, and so on. Additionally, knowing how to clean up paint spills and splatters is invaluable when repainting rooms.

Hidden, Hard-to-Reach Areas Might Need Extra Attention

Most rooms in your home probably feature furniture and other types of decor that make them more lively and comfortable. The downside of these features is that they tend to obstruct areas of your floors, walls, and sometimes ceilings. When it’s time to repaint a room, then, you might discover that an area behind a chair, couch, or picture frame is noticeably discolored, damaged, riddled with dirt, dust, and insects, and so on. These spaces can typically be cleaned up and painted like any other surface, but it might take more effort to restore them to their former glory due to years of neglect.

Exact Colors Can be Easy to Forget

Repainting a room doesn’t necessarily imply that you’ll use the same exact color as you did before. However, you might want to keep the colors you have. If you didn’t keep a record of which exact brand, color, and finish you used in the past, you might not know off-hand which product to select. Fortunately, color matching services can help you find the right choice or a close approximation if you provide samples and images. The best way to avoid this dilemma altogether is to document which interior house paint products you used for specific surfaces and/or properly store any leftover paint for later use and reference.

Difficulties with Different Colors

On the other hand, if you would rather introduce a new paint color to oust the old one, you might run into some setbacks as well. Painting over a dark color with a lighter one is doable but often requires more preparation and coats for full coverage. This typically isn’t an issue when the situation is reversed (i.e. painting over a light color with a darker one).

A Single Coat Might Not Always be Enough

Regardless of color choices, keep in mind that when repainting a room, one coat of fresh paint might not yield the results you’re looking for. If the previous coat of paint is peeling or flaking away, it’s not wise to paint directly over it. Instead, you’ll want to sand down and remove the loose remnants of the previous coatings then prime the surface before starting on painting. If, on the other hand, the older coating remains firm, you might not need to apply a coat of primer (though performing some mild sanding and cleaning will help maximize paint adhesion). Of course, it’s never a bad idea to prime the surface anyway. Make sure you purchase an adequate amount of primer and paint to accommodate the number of coats you may need for full, even coverage.

Small Changes Can Go a Long Way

Taking on a home painting project can be daunting -- one of the most intimidating aspects is not knowing what the finished product will look like. Fortunately, there are various color visualizer tools available that let you see what a given room might look like after being freshly painted. Using these tools might help you realize that even minor adjustments in color, lighting, and layout can go a long way in transforming your interior spaces, which can guide you in your decision-making.

You Might Not be Comfortable for a Little While

Whether you go it alone or hire local house painters, expect to smell paint fumes, walk over trays, cans, and brushes, avoid entering certain areas, and so forth. In other words, expect to be somewhat uncomfortable and even a bit irritated during the repainting process. The outcome will be worth it, of course, but not being able to fully enjoy your home in the meantime is always a drag. Still, you can make things easier on you and your family in a number of ways. For instance, make sure your home is well-ventilated to mitigate harmful fumes and odors; work on room at a time so the majority of your home remains accessible; post signage to remind yourself and others in your home to not touch wet paint or enter a certain room, etc.

Anticipating Painting Peculiarities

If you’re not accustomed to painting all the time like professional interior house painters, you might be taken aback by all the nuances that come with this task. Some surprise is good, but not if it hinders your repainting project. So, the more prepared you are, the better. The experts at Nash Painting are happy to give you more advice on what to expect when tackling a painting project. Or, if you would rather leave these matters to the pros, we serve homeowners all over Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin, TN. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!