When it comes to renovating your home, nothing has a bigger impact on your money than paint. You can add value: to improve the energy efficiency of your home (yes, you can). And, of course, the DIY approach will save you about $ 2,000 for outdoor work and up to $ 500 per room, according to HomeAdvisor.

Many people avoid painting their own homes because they find it too difficult. But with the right tools, DIY can do just that. “The biggest factor is comfort and equipment,” said Dan Schaefer, owner of a five-star painting in Austin, Texas. “Painting walls is relatively easy, but painting cabinets, for example, usually requires special spray equipment, which most homeowners do not have.” So consider the scope of your project և follow the color և technique tips below for successful paint work.

Choose the perfect shade

When it comes to the total cost of your home և energy consumption, some colors are actually better than others. For the interior, Schaefer advises a crowd of pleasant neutrals that make the rooms airy. “For the interior, we see gray, light green, blue and white, they are all popular now,” he said. And according to a 2016 study by Zillow Digs, these shades really work. Hot Neutrals can sell for $ 1,300 more than required. (Even just painting your kitchen, for example, in a light, creamy yellow can cost up to $ 1,360 more.)

For the exterior, Schaefer says dark colors will absorb more heat, which can increase
air conditioner bills. Dark colors also fade faster, requiring more maintenance and more expensive costs in the long run. Thus, in terms of efficiency գրավ attractiveness of restraint, Schaefer offers colors that match the architecture of the house և building materials. In most new homes, these colors are gray-beige, which are classic, working in harmony with various accented building materials, such as stone, wood and brick.

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Shine On:

According to Schaefer, the gloss strengthens the interior walls, as it is easier to clean, making it a cost-effective solution for high-traffic areas. “Focus on areas where people are most exposed to shine,” says Schaefer. Egg yolk, which gives a subtle sheen, is perfect for bathrooms and living rooms. Schaefer advises to increase the gloss factor, use it for semi-gloss cabinets, upholstery և doors, as they are easily damaged, using matte paint on the ceilings.

The durability of the building also makes it a good choice for appearance. “Satin coating is most often used for its durability,” says Schaefer. But if your exterior is masonry or stucco, a lower gloss hides imperfections better.

Get ready և use the right tools

“The first step in any painting project is to rid the walls of dirt or dust,” says Schaefer. Wipe the walls with a damp cloth. If you are painting your kitchen or bathroom, check the walls for soap scum և oils that can remove degreaser.

Make sure there are no nail holes or cracks on your surfaces. If necessary, patch the walls, then level them with sandpaper. The boss advises to use beads to cover the floors (և furniture if you can not move them) and then, depending on the design, apply the paint tape to the baseboards, trim և molds for protection.

You will need a brush, an extension bar, and a roller for the roll. You will also need a ladder to reach the top of the walls or ceilings (always let someone hold it firmly while you are on it). If you work with chemicals to dilute or exfoliate paint, wear gloves, closed shoes, a face mask, or a respirator. Remember to ventilate the room by opening the windows as long as possible, at least during the painting հետո after the walls have dried.

Master the right technique of painting

Schaefer says to start work from the top of the room և go down և. ceilings (if you paint them), walls, foundation boards, then doors. Paint along the edge of the ceiling (side by side) with a brush using a technique called “cutting”, then do the same along the windows, doors and wall framing. Then roll. You want to keep the “wet edge”, which means rolling on wet paint to keep the color stable (in other words, do not let the previous edge dry before painting the next stroke), says Schaefer. In general, you need two coats of paint to change any color. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for coat drying recommendations.

For the exterior, Schaefer says you have to start with the body և cladding and then finish with the decoration. Let professionals be able to draw something on one story, as it tends to be labor intensive and will require the use of high degrees.

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By Daniel Blandel