Paint like a Pro!

Choose a colour

Choosing a color is the hardest part. What’s most important is to find one that will create the desired mood and make you happy.

If you really don’t have any idea about what colour to paint, try pulling a colour out of a piece of art or area rug that’s in the room. It’s a guaranteed way to find a complimentary colour.

Choose a finish

Flat: Offers a matte finish, which is perfect for covering walls with a little wear and tear because it doesn’t reflect light. Use flat finishes anywhere you want to cover imperfections.

Satin and Eggshell: Popular for walls because they have a very slight shine and are fairly easy to clean.

Gloss: Both are quite shiny which is why they’re popular for trim. They also hold up very well to cleaning.

Determine the amount of paint needed

Add the width of all the walls in the room together and multiply the number by the height of one wall (from floor to ceiling). Take the total and subtract the total area of all the doors, windows, archways, etc. This will get you the exact area of wall space you’ll need to paint. A general rule of thumb is that a flat surface usually requires one gallon for every 400 square feet.

Prepare to paint

Proper preparation is one of the most important painting tips and is key to getting a professional-looking paint job.

Move anything out of the room that might get in the way and remove all necessary hardware and fixtures.

Wipe down the walls with a solution of water and a little bit of dish soap. This will remove dirt, dust and grease.

Fill any cracks with plaster filler and sand down any surfaces that will be painted.

Wipe off any excess dust from the sanding with a damp cloth.

Paint from the top down

Always start painting from the highest area to the lowest. Start with the ceiling or top of the walls and work your way down.

This way you can catch any drips and it won’t ruin a freshly painted wall.

Paint the trim last

There’s some debate on this topic, but quite often the trim can catch some of the spray that comes off of paint rollers. For this reason, it’s best to paint the trim last since it will be done with a brush and excess paint won’t get on the walls.