Just the idea of painting your home for the first time or repainting to give your house a fresh new look can be overwhelming enough to make you put it off indefinitely. Home improvement jobs and repairs are all the same and make us postpone them over and over again because they are time-consuming, expensive, and often exhausting work. Nevertheless, out of all these pending quick fixes you find annoying to do, a new paint job for your home is the one that has the most potential to turn into a fun project. It is an opportunity to really express yourself and put your creativity to work. Knowing what paint to use is essential to get you started, so let’s take a quick look at all the kinds of paint you need to keep an eye out for.
Primer? What for?
Before painting your house anew, you should start by preparing the surfaces you will be painting first. If it is the first time you will be painting, then probably the walls and surfaces have some protective coating and probably white paint over it. You could paint away right off, but it is suggested that you clean the walls a bit first, and then start painting. For painting over old paint, some sanding and a coat of primer to protect the walls and make the new coat of paint last longer is definitely the way to go.
Oil-based vs water-based: what’s the difference?
There are two main types of paint: oil-based and water-based. As you can imagine, the main difference between the two is texture and applications, although nowadays, either one you choose will probably be adequate for the surfaces you are looking to paint. Water-based paint is the standard option for a reason. It is a bit less expensive, more widely available, quicker to dry, easier to clean, and durable enough for painting almost anything. Oil-based paint, on the other hand, is more dense, which is also what makes it take longer to dry, but easier to touch up while painting. It is incredibly durable and it offers a great finished look.
You can typically apply paint using rollers and brushes, even spray paint will do for some surfaces. However, even if you buy the best spray paint available at your local shop, it doesn’t come close to the control and finish you can achieve using a spray gun. It is the go to tool to use now for its ease of use, quick application, and paint consumption efficiency.
What about finishes?
Both types of paint come in different levels of sheen depending on the finish you are aiming for with your paint job. You can paint your walls matte to avoid any light reflection, or you can go with a satin finish so your surfaces look silky smooth. A glossy sheen is also an option to make things really shine, although it is not currently as popular as it used to be. Home decor professionals suggest playing with both colors and textures to get amazing results.