Our homes are our sanctuaries, and we need to show them love and care in return for the comfort and safety they provide. In my opinion, a home needs to be taken care of both inside and out 🙂
Although a quality exterior paint job, alone, can boost the curb appeal of your home, an interior paint job will make your sanctuary impressive from the inside-out!
That said, time and weather can affect your interior walls just as much as they affect your exterior walls since paint can fade over time, and adverse weather can cause mold growth.
For this reason, it’s always a good idea to freshen your interior walls up with a new coat of paint every once in a while.
As an amateur painter, however, you may be intimidated by this whole process. Let me assure you, it’s much easier than you think if you follow the right steps!
Let’s take a look at a few easy, stress-free interior house painting and weather-proofing tricks 🙂
Preparing for your interior house painting project
Before every good paint job, you need to prepare your home.
Unlike exterior painting, you need to be mindful of things like furniture when you are undertaking an interior paint job—you don’t want to give your couch a colorful makeover too!
Instead of using old bedsheets or plastic tarp to cover your furniture and floor, I suggest using canvas, which is less absorbent than regular cloth—paint drops won’t seep through it and mess your furniture and floors up 🙂
Lighting is also critical for a high-quality paint job. Let me tell you, in poorly lit interiors, you could miss spots on your interior walls while painting. I suggest using indoor light fixtures to brighten up the workspace.
To make sure that your interior is well lit, use a few portable emergency lights if you have any. You can even use the interior lights, but emergency lights are brighter and much more portable.
You will want to see every inch of your walls and ceiling when you paint so you don’t miss any spots.
Paint the trims and ceiling before the walls
Naturally, we might think the first step in interior house painting is painting your walls. Professional painters, though, start with the ceiling and trims because it’s much easier to remove painter’s tape and correct any unsightly paint drips along the way. It also makes the paint job go much faster 🙂
First, paint the trim and move on to the ceilings. Let the paint dry for a minimum of 24 hours after painting.
After this, apply painter’s tape along the borders and get started on painting the wall.
Protect your walls against water damage caused by the weather
Though your exterior walls will take the brunt of the San Diego weather, your interior walls can be affected too.
Moisture, water from leaks, and high humidity during the summer can damage your interior walls, and make them look tired and worn-out.
The good news is that you can prevent water damage by using high-quality waterproof paint! You can also apply silicone-based wood sealant to your painted walls.
If your home does show signs of water damage before your paint job, fix those spots first. Scrape off the paint in the affected areas, sand the area to give it a smooth surface, and apply a water-based sealer to prevent any more water from seeping through.
After this, you can start painting!
Interior house painting gives new life to your walls!
With the tips I’ve outlined above, you can give your home a superb interior paint job with little to no trouble.
Make your home the talk of the town with a high-quality paint job! Good luck :