Home Improvement Projects for the New Year


The New Year is approaching, and many people want to make a fresh start. One way of doing so is by embarking on a home improvement project.

Painting a room is probably one of the more popular DIY projects. It is also relatively easy — but it is a lot of work. In addition to the obvious paint and brushes, a painter should have tarp, a paint roller and pan, a caulking gun, painter’s tape, a wet/dry vacuum and a drywall sander.

The first few steps in a painting project are all preparation, with the first step being moving all of the furniture out of the way, preferably into another room. Extremely large or cumbersome pieces like a double bed that can’t be moved should be protected with a tarp or plastic sheet. Similarly, paintings, curtains, and other wall hangings should be taken down and stored elsewhere.

Afterwards, the painter should ensure that they don’t get paint in any electrical outlets by covering them with painter’s tape. The floor should be protected with a tarp that is held in place by painter’s tape.

The next step is to ready the ceiling and walls for painting by sanding away any bumps. The painter should use the sander with a side-to-side motion and, when sanding a wall, work from the top down. Molding and trim should also be sanded down. Afterwards, the painter should use a wet/dry vacuum to get all the dust off the walls, molding, and trim. It is prudent to wear a paper dust mask while sanding.

Indoor air quality has become a growing concern over the past few years, as poor air quality contributes to such ailments as asthma and nausea. Some house paints contain toxins that contribute to poor air quality, and they typically fall into three categories: 1) volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), 2) fungicides and biocides, and 3) chemical pigments. A painter should select paint with all-natural pigments and low VOC’s, biocides, and fungicides. A gallon of paint covers 400 square feet, so it is prudent to calculate the number of square feet in a room before buying the paint.

A painter will do the ceiling first and then the walls. A paint roller is used for the ceiling and wall, while brushes are used for smaller areas like corners, molding, trim, and window sills. The painter will start by rolling an M or W shape to distribute most of the paint. They will then use up-and-down strokes to spread the paint evenly. The painter should wait for the paint to become dry to the touch before applying a second coat, assuming one is necessary.


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