Interior House Painting Tips for Beginners
News from Ellwood City Ledger:

(Family Features) If you’re looking to give your home a makeover, nothing can revamp your place quite like a fresh coat of paint. But unless you’re a seasoned pro, painting your home interior can be intimidating. Use these tips and resources to get the job done right.

Prep and patch

Long before you pour the paint, make sure your walls are in good shape. Repair holes to ensure you have a clean, even plane. Before beginning, make sure you have the following:

  • Patching paste
  • Drop cloth
  • Putty knife
  • Gloves
  • Ladder
  • Paint thinner
  • Primer
  • Paint can opener
  • Paint roller
  • Roller tray
  • Extension bar for roller
  • Brushes
  • Safety goggles
  • Stir stick
  • Ball cap or handkerchief to protect head

Patch holes or imperfections using patching paste and your putty knife. Remember that prepping the walls is important. You want to get as close to a smooth surface as possible. It’s also crucial to clean walls, baseboards, ceilings and crown molding before painting, as any dust or dirt below the painted surface can cause dry paint to crack and peel later.

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By Terrie Litwin, RSF Senior Center, executive director

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Resource and Referral Service — From 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, seniors and their families can speak with a staff member and receive valuable information and referrals to address a wide variety of needs. For assistance or to schedule an appointment, call the Senior Center at (858) 756-3041.

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