Don’t underestimate the importance of a fresh coat of paint when it comes to preparing to sell your home. Apart from changing the look of your space, it also adds to the value of your house. Painting can make your home feel brand new and attract the attention of serious buyers. While painting can be an overwhelming and messy task, don’t allow this to deter you. With the following tips, you can complete the task in less time and cleanup will be a snap.
Use heavy foil
Line your paint tray with heavy-duty aluminum foil. When changing colors or you’re done for the day, pour the excess back into the can, and toss the foil.
Cut edging tape
If you’re using painters or masking tape to protect your trim, run a utility knife down the edge of the tape before attempting to remove it. This will make it easier to remove and create a cleaner edge.
Try cleaning up your brushes with warm water and fabric softener if you are using water-based paint. The fabric softener dissolves paint easily because it is a surfactant and leaves the bristles soft and pliable. Rinse the brush thoroughly and allow it to air dry.
If you’re using drop cloths, consider using cloths that are long and narrow. This configuration is easier to move around your room and generally won’t involve a lot of folding or gathering. You’ll be less likely to trip or get your ladder caught in extra material.
An excellent alternative to drop fabric or plastic is cardboard. Flattened cartons prevent paint from dripping on your floors and protect them from damage by ladders and scaffolding. Another advantage of using dismantled boxes is that their smooth edges stick closer to baseboards protecting floors from drips, spatter, and overspray.
Painting your home will add value and freshness to your home. Consult with your real estate agent about current color trends.
Paint is the magic elixir when it comes to inexpensive home makeovers. It rejuvenates space in a way few other things can do. Yet many homeowners have blinders on when it comes to the places they can paint. Namely, they only see the walls as a palette. Let’s challenge that notion and remind you of a new way to use paint — on cabinets.
Step One: Prepping
Whatever you do, don’t skip step one — prepping. Though tempting to overlook, the risks of ruining your cabinetry if you do are simply too high.
To prep your cabinets, begin by labeling each cabinet opening and door front with corresponding numbers marked on painter’s tape. This will save you countless headaches when it comes time to reinstall. You’ll remove the labels before spraying with primer and paint, and then replace the tape when you’re ready for reinstallation. You can place the labels just above wherever you’ve set the pieces to dry so you don’t lose track.
Remove all hardware, including hinges and screws. If you’re getting new hardware, it likely won’t align properly, so be prepared to redo these holes later.
Wipe each cabinet front with a bonding solvent. Allow 1 1/2 hours of drying time before troweling a thin layer of spackling compound over the entire surface to fill holes, blemishes and wood grain pores. Use a second coat if deep holes are evident.
Next, it’s time to sand. Doing so eliminates any existing sheen or protective sealant from your cabinets, thereby allowing primer and paint to bond appropriately to the surface. Fine-grit sanding blocks or pads work best for most cabinet and drawer fronts; however, rough-grit sandpaper is acceptable for cabinets with a lot of lacquer or shellac.
Step Two: Add Primer
After vacuuming or wiping down the cabinets, add primer using pigmented shellac sealer and a 2-inch brush. Pour about 1 1/2- inches of your primer into a small can and dip the brush about 1-inch. Press the brush against the side of the can to remove excess primer. Don’t wipe it across the rim, as this removes too much primer. Shellac dries quickly, so move fast and avoid going back over areas that have started to dry. Try to avoid heavy buildup and runs, but don’t be overly concerned with uneven patches.
Step Three: Paint
Brush on the first coat of paint, then smooth it out with just the tip of the brush. Follow each layer by sanding lightly using a fine-grit sanding sponge.Allow at least 8 hours for each layer to dry before going over it again. Work from top to bottom to avoid dripping on finished areas. Likewise, paint the insides of the cabinets before moving to the outside. If any paint spills onto a finished area, simply dab it with a cloth dampened with mineral spirits.
Step Four: Reinstall Hardware
Finally, it’s time to reinstall door hinges, handles, pulls, mounting plates, and other hardware removed for the project. Once this is complete, attach the door fronts and reset the cabinets in place.
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