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Tips for Painting Your Living Room

Manley Beasley

Manley Beasley

PresidentIlluminate Painting

Your living room is a delightful place for you to spend time when you are at home, whether it is lounging on the couch and watching television or even playing a board game with friends and family. Having a well painted living room is important not in terms of aesthetics but for the overall health of your home.

Painting your living room doesn't have to be too difficult of a thing though it sometimes can end up being so when we are not careful with what we do while engaged in the painting project.

1. Make Time To Paint Your Living Room

It's rather unfortunate, but a lot of people will look at a painting project for their living room and presume that they know how long it is going to take them. The truth is that the majority of these people will be completely wrong about how long it will take and based on that will not properly prepare for the painting jog. Of course this problem leads to a bigger problem in that if you start off thinking you know how long the painting will take and you start running out of time, you might end up trying to take painting shortcuts such as not waiting long enough for your coat of primer to dry before painting the first coat of paint.

2. Make Sure To Clean Before Painting

A wall that is not cleaned before being painted is one that will not be painted well -- can you just imagine with the dust and dirt that accumulates on the surface of a wall over time how poorly it would take the paint. The best thing you can do to ensure that your paint project starts off well is to properly clean everything on your wall including all of the various mites that have deposited themselves on your wall over time -- a good microfiber cloth that is slightly damp over the surface of the wall will take care of most of it if not all of it. After you have done this make sure to allow time for your walls to dry -- you can use a dry microfiber cloth to help expedite the process.

3. Protect The Floor From Paint

As you may know, getting paint on the floor is a sure-fire way to make sure that your floor will be somewhat painted exactly there -- and no matter how you try to get that paint off of the floor, you're going to have quite a hard time getting it to be completely clean. As an alternative to this, think about the possibility of protecting your floor from the paint instead -- there are so many ways to protect the floor including tarp and drop cloths made of various materials like canvas. Using a drop cloth that uses canvas for the purpose of weight and a plastic liner to ensure that no paint gets through to the floor.

4. Sand Well

As you should be aware, a surface that is smooth is better for the purpose of painting than one that is not as smooth. One way to get a smoother painting surface is to properly sand your living room walls -- you're not sanding so hard that your wall comes off but just enough so that the surface is smooth -- think of it as gently sanding the surface of your living room walls.

5. Test Out The Color At Home

The way that some people test out paint colors is that they go to a paint store and get a paint swatch and then look at it and think about what they think of the color and decide in the store if the color is right for them. This works in some cases but in many instances you get the paint home and apply it to your living room and realize only after the fact that the way the color looks in your living room at night with the lights on is not the same as how the color looks in a well lit paint store. It's far better to get a paint sample and to paint a small area of one of the walls and then see how the color looks in different light conditions.