Interior painting is one of those house projects that always ends up
requiring more than the homeowner originally thought it would– whether
that means more time, more paint, or more money. And this is especially
true if you’re going to go the DIY route and paint your interior
yourself. DIY can be tricky because obviously there’s a lot more going
in to it than just hiring someone and handing over the reins. But the
point of this isn’t to scare you away from DIY.
Although it’s strongly recommended that you hire
professionals (because painting is their legitimate day job), at the end
of the day all that matters is that the job is done right.
If you’re the average homeowner chances are you don’t spend a
lot of your daily time painting your home’s inner surfaces and there’s
nothing wrong with that. It just means that when it does come time for
you to paint your interior or have it done for you, you might have some
questions. Today you can hop on the computer and read a million
articles, but you’re going to get a lot of differing opinions and bits
of advice. If you have questions about interior painting, definitely
speak to your local, professional interior painting company. We’ll be
happy to help and that’s where you’ll find the best, proven knowledge.
But to hold you over until you can get us on the phone,
we’ve put together a list of some of the more frequently asked questions
about interior painting. The answers are simple and hopefully easy to
understand so that no matter which route you go, DIY or hiring the
professionals, you can get the process started right away. And don’t
forget that if we don’t answer your question here that doesn’t mean that
we don’t have an answer for you.
We’ve bolded the questions in case you want to skip right to
the one that you have. But it could also be beneficial for you to read
the whole piece, if only to have a firmer grasp on the interior painting
process. We hope it helps.
Why Should I Paint My Interior?
People paint their interior for any number of reasons. In
fact, you don’t even really need a reason. If you want to paint your
home just for the sake of painting your home – go for it. When it comes
to renovating and rejuvenating your home, painting is one of the easiest
and most cost friendly ways. And as long as it’s done right, painting
can make your home look brand new.
So if you’ve always hated the color of your walls or think
they’re outdated, that’s a reason to paint them. Or you can paint your
interior to match your decoration scheme, to modernize the room or to
give it new feeling. Fresh paint promotes feelings of cleanliness, and
different colors can make rooms feel bigger and airy or cozy and quaint.
Fresh paint can protect you walls and when people are selling their
homes, painting it can give the property values a rise. There’s more but
basically, why not paint your walls?
Should I DIY or Hire Professionals?
Often when people decide to start a DIY project, they’re
doing it because want to save money. But if the job isn’t done right
then the savings might not have been worth it. In fact, you could still
end up having to come out of pocket. And experience, which most people
don’t have, is important when it comes to interior painting; a job done
improperly isn’t going to last long before it’s peeling, chipping, and
Another thing to think about when it comes to DIY is your
time. Do you have enough time for the project? If not a project that
could be done quickly could end up taking months. Lastly, taking on an
interior painting project can mean stress. DIY means you’re taking on
everything – by yourself. If you’re cool with that then by all means.
Hiring professionals means that you don’t have to worry
about much. The stress is removed and you have experienced painters who
know what they’re doing. You know you’re going to get a quality job and
timely results. Forget buying tools and messy cleanup, all you have to
do is pick out a color.
What Questions Should I Ask When Hiring Painters?
When hiring someone to do your interior painting job, you
want to be sure that it’s someone you can feel safe with. You want to be
sure you’re getting the best available job and that they aren’t going
to leave you with an incomplete job and an empty wallet. The best thing
to do to get started is to ask friends and family for recommendations or
to read reviews online on trustworthy sites. Ask them how long they’ve
been around and if they can show you examples of their work. If they’re
older, you’ll know that they’ve been around long enough to do good work
and to have a reputation to maintain.
Get estimates and ask any questions that come to mind. Ask
what their work entails, what products they use, how many people they’ll
have working, and so on. Also make sure they’re licensed with insurance
and get it in writing.
If I DIY, What Should I know?
When it comes to DIY, the most important thing to know is
that the preparation step is vital. That’s what’s going to make the
difference between a job that lasts and one that needs to be immediately
redone. And easily enough, the paint prep process is almost the same no
matter where you’re doing it. If you are doing a DIY interior painting
project, become familiar with the process so that you’ll have no major
problems later and you’ll know how to do it next time. If you hire
professionals, don’t be afraid to ask them what their process looks
As a basic overview, start by removing everything from the
walls (and labeling it so it can go back). Cover all of the furniture in
the room. Wash all the areas to be painted to remove dirt, loose paint,
etc. Look for and fix any damages. Smooth your surface, via scraping or
sanding. Apply a primer and then you’re good to start painting. It
sounds lengthy, but it’s worth it.
How Do I Select A Paint Color?
Selecting your paint color is the fun part and the step you
get to do whether you hire someone or not. First think about how you
want the room to feel. Light colors darken a poorly-lit room making it
feel more open while dark colors give rooms a more intimate feel. Reds
and yellows are warm, while greens and blues are cool. Tans, creams and
greys are modern, easy colors.
Buy a quart of paint and test it to see how it looks in
different lighting around the room. Also think about what rooms you are
painting to help you decide what kind of paint to get. It never hurts to
ask a professional for their opinion, and if you hired someone
definitely ask them what kind of paint they use. In fact, professionals
can tell you anything you need to know about anything paint related,
it’s their job!
If you have any questions or would like to get a free estimate, contact us here or call us directly at 239.963.7937.