When making a trip to the hardware store to pick out paint for your interior renovation project, you may quickly become overwhelmed. Knowing that the products that you choose right now will affect how your home looks for the next several months or years can cause anxiety in many DIY'ers. Here, you'll find a short list of items to pick up with the paint to make your interior painting project much easier to get done with fewer mistakes.
Test the Colors
Don't just go to the color swatch wall and pick a card, have the paint mixed, and then head home to paint. Chances are, you won't be happy with the outcome of the color once it's on the walls. Instead, take home several color cards, tape them to at least two of the walls in the room, and see how the color looks in your space. The reason for taping the samples to two walls is so that you can see the color in different lighting.
Once you have a color selected, it's not yet time to buy the paint by the gallon yet – instead, get a small pint of paint to take home and test it out on the wall. This is the only surefire way to ensure that you'll end up with the exact shade that you want in the space.
Tools and Supplies
Rollers and brushes aren't all made the same – in many cases, the cheaper they are, the lower their quality is, which means the finished result will not be as nice as it could be if you'd spend a little more on the supplies.
Look for rollers and brushes made for the type of paint that you're using. Most people opt for latex paint with a semi-gloss or eggshell finish. These finishes are easy to clean and hide many of the imperfections in your walls. Once you know the type of paint you'll be using, pick up at least mid-quality brushes and rollers.
Don't forget good painter's tape. You can use traditional masking tape, but if you're working to create patterns or lines in the walls, you'll want to spend a little more on the quality tape that won't allow the paint to seep behind it and ruin all of your work.
Protective Plastic Carpet Covering
Instead of holding your breath hoping that your flooring isn't damaged while you paint, pick up a roll or two of the protective carpet covering plastic. This plastic has some adhesive on the bottom of it so that it sticks to your floor and won't shift as you move around the room to paint.
Talk with the professionals at a paint store such as Koontz Hardware to find out what else you'll be needing to complete this project with great results.