Interior House Painting Tips for Beginners
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(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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Angie’s List: How to improve your home’s look with painting
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CLEVELAND – When it comes to home improvement, painting is one of easiest and least expensive ways to dramatically change the look of a room.

However, there are many factors that can influence how your project will turn out.

Angie’s List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews, asked highly-rated painting contractors to weigh in on interior painting.

  • Colors: Simply thinking about what color would look best on a wall isn’t enough to ensure a positive paint job.  Choosing the right color involves looking at an interior space with a very critical eye. Look through color catalogues and paint samples.
  • Finish: Once you’ve picked the perfect color, you still have to decide on what type of paint you want for the space. Whether you’re looking for an elegant, refined finish or a material that will wipe clean after an impromptu mural from your little one, there are paint types to suite every situation.
    • Flat-finish: Good for covering up mistakes, and is therefore ideal for large areas like walls.
    • Satin finish: Has more luster and is more durable, so it is idea…………… continues on

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