7 Tips For Painting Your Living Room in Kennett Square, PA

March 9, 2021
2021-03-09 Left Moon Painting Kennett Square PA Living Room Painting

7 Tips For Painting Your Living Room in Kennett Square, PA

When you want to change the look of your living room, possibly in a radical manner, one thing you could consider doing is to paint the walls — even if you ultimately end up painting only one of the walls in the room and therefore make an accent wall.

It’s good to know that there are things you can do both before you even start the paintwork as well as during the project that can improve how your living room paint project goes.

With that being the case, let’s look at and consider seven tips for painting your living room in Kennett Square, PA.

1. Making Sure To Not Shake The Paint

Some might go into a paint store or a hardware store where paint is sold and look at how paint is often mixed — it’s generally put in a machine for shaking, and thus you might come to think that shaking is the best way that you can get the paint mixed.

This is not the case, however — the way that you shake the can is not the same way that commercial paint mixers will do — rather, shaking at home will likely introduce bubbles into the paint which will then get onto the surface that’s being painted.

It’s better to stir the paint instead and thus avoid the bubbles issue entirely.

2. Stirring The Paint In A Disposable Bag

Speaking of stirring the paint, you might find that when you stir the paint you make a bit of a mess but this does not have to be the case.

If you take the paint bucket and put it in a disposable bag, you will find that you don’t have to worry about how hard you are stirring because even if a little bit of paint spills, it is not going to get on the floor, a major concern to say the least.

3. Wearing Proper Protection While Painting

Part of the process of painting your living room involves a good number of chemicals that, as safe as they can be (depending on where you get your paint supplies) still warrant using protective gear.

This means that firstly you are not wearing your Sunday best clothing but rather clothing you don’t mind getting dirty as well as a face mask and protective goggles.

4. Cleaning The Sanding Dust After Sanding

You may know that it’s important to sand to get a smooth surface prior to painting (including after you have applied a coat of primer — more on this in a bit) but did you know about how important it is to clean the sanding dust that comes up?

This might seem trivial but if you don’t take the time to clean the sanding dust it may find its way into the paint and make quite a mess — better to clean it after you sand.

5. Using Primer Before Painting

Another important step is to apply a coat of primer — this is good for two reasons, the one being that primer is a smoother surface upon which to paint.

The other reason is that paint adheres to primer much better than to surfaces that do not have primer.

6. Tips For Choosing Color

As you look around the living room you may wonder how you can best pick a color that’s going to look good given the many factors — light, furniture, etc.

We have found that the best thing you can do is to get a few small samples of actual paint with colors you think you’ll like and to paint small squares on the walls and then to see how the paint really looks in different lighting conditions — and then you’ll know what is best.

7. Making Time For Drying

Lastly, make sure that you make time for drying — for too many people do not do so and then suffer the consequences.

Trying to paint a second coat over a not yet dried first is a recipe for the first coat coming off onto the paintbrush.

Consider hiring a professional painting contractor in West Chester, PA like Left Moon Painting. We have years of experience offering residential repainting services in Kennett Square, PA, and West Chester PA. If you would like to try us, request a FREE estimate below to get started or call us at (484) 757-5295 for more information.

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