Interior House Painting Germantown
So you want to paint the interior of your house? What color, what sheen, what texture. There are a lot of questions to consider before you pick up the brush.
We’d like to help you may your interior house painting job a little less daunting. A great source is the DIY network. They offer several tips that will make your job more manageable.
Sheen Is Very Important
The finish of your paint, or sheen, will have a major impact on your walls. Gloss, satin, eggshell – with these options comes many considerations. High-traffic areas do well with gloss or satin as they hold up better to touching and can be cleaned more easily. But, they can make wall imperfections (wavy drywall, patched areas) much more pronounced. A more matte-like finish, such as flat, will not clean as well or endure touches as well, but you won’t see imperfections as much.
Select colors that add depth and texture to a room. Understand the psychology of color and use it to your advantage. A calming color, such as one in the blue family, is great for a bedroom. Another great place to get tips and strategies to tackle your Germantown interior house painting job can be found here.
Costs will vary greatly, depending on price and quality. Choosing mid to upper-grade paint, expect to pay in the area of $350.00 in paint alone for a 2000 sq. ft. house. Add another $100 to $200 in brushes, rollers, pans, tape, and other materials. Don’t forget food, if you plan to feed your workforce. When it comes to materials, not all paints are equal. Some truly cover with one coat, some say they do but don’t. Your costs will double if you have to apply two coats to everything, so buying the cheaper paint might cost more in the long run. Trust your paint professional salesman (to a certain degree) to tell you which paint to buy. You can generally go cheap on primer, expensive on top coats.
Dark colors, stains (once sealed), and previously unpainted surfaces (drywall, spackle, etc.) will need a primer coat, usually white. Most paint stores & home improvement centers will now tint primer (at no charge) to match fairly close to the color of the finished coat, that way two coats of primer need not be applied. Although not all surfaces need a prime coat, skip this step at your peril! Dark colors will likely show through the first — or even the first couple— topcoats of paint. Sealants and unpainted surfaces like spackle patches will absorb or repel moisture in a topcoat at a different level than the areas surrounding them. Applying a good primer coat will help even out these differences. Primer equalizes a wall to a uniform surface. It’s like erasing a canvas before drawing a new picture. Although some will argue the point, you generally don’t need to spend a great deal on primer or buy special primer. A cheap, 5 gallon bucket of plain, flat white paint will usually do the trick and cover a large area. Give your primer at least 24 hours to dry (follow its instructions) before applying a topcoat.
Knowing what your goal is and how you’ll get there can make your Germantown interior house painting job more enjoyable. But, if you want to take all the guess work out of the process just give us a call and we’ll take care of everything.