Painting is a quick and economical way to change the look of your home. With a minimal investment of time and money you can refresh your current color or completely change the appearance of your room. Before beginning any painting project, consider some pointers to help achieve your desired result with a professional appearance.

Paint Sheen
Every manufacturer identifies their paint by the sheen – or finish – produced by the paint. Sheen is the gloss level of the paint, and ranges from Flat to Hi-Gloss (with several variations in between). Manufacturers use the same standard when determining sheen, but there may be slight variation between each manufacturer within that standard. Sheen choice is up to your personal preference, but companies publish recommendations to assist in selecting the best sheen choice based on the room and application within the room.

There are many equipment options available, so take a moment to determine what you need to complete your project. A quick equipment recommendation list included:
• Rollers
• Brushes
• Paint Tray
• Painting Tape
• Drop Cloth

There is a vast amount of specialized and professional equipment available, but purchasing a starter kit will provide the essentials for your job (rollers and holder, a brush, and a paint tray). In general, use rollers for large, flat surfaces like your walls and ceilings and brushes for your trim and detailed painting. Additional equipment, such as edge guides and corner tools, are available and can ease your job.

Before painting, the following steps are recommended to improve the quality of your work:
• Repair any cracks or holes in the wall with filler to create an even surface
• Sand any uneven surfaces (filler, paint drips, etc.) from any previous work
• Wash the walls with a product specific to cleaning walls (these are available in the paint section of your hardware/home improvement store)
• Tape up windows and fixtures to prevent overpaint
• Prime the walls with and appropriately tinted prime for your end color (your paint technician will assist your selection)
This prep work is detail oriented, but it ensures a good finish on your walls.

Now the fun begins, and creativity is your only limit. Depending on your prep work, be prepared to use two coats of paint to achieve proper coverage. Work from the top of the room towards the bottom and develop a pattern to ensure full coverage of the surface. Check the room for proper air movement to promote paint drying and your personal safety (crack a window if possible for a source of fresh air). Follow the directions on the paint can and allow sufficient time for drying between coats. After completion, utilize commercial cleaners that specifically remove stray paint from surfaces. At this point you can stencil on designs and paint them or enjoy your completed project.