how to prep
Getting your walls ready for painting and investing in the correct materials is arguably more important than actually applying paint to your walls.
Step 1: Buy your paint and brushes.
Berwick, whose company works with homeowners, interior designers and architects on a variety of different paint projects, prefers Farrow & Ball
paint. Watson on the other hand, recommends buying Benjamin Moore
. They both agree that you shouldn’t skimp on price, because quality is what matters most, which includes your brushes.
Speaking of brushes, you’ll need to invest in two different types. The first being a bristle brush for painting trim or cutting in a wall, aka painting near the trim—and the tape, for beginners. Berwick recommends a 2 ½” angled brush for this purpose. Now for the rollers. Buying two is preferable, one mini (three to five inches) and one regular-sized (nine inches).
Step 2: Cover and move your furniture.
This is all personal preference. Moving your furniture to the center of the room and covering with a drop cloth—paper, plastic, or actual cloth—will suffice. If you’re painting a smaller room or just have the feeling you’ll want all your stuff out of there, move it out. Know you’re a messy painter? Cover. Your. Tracks.
Step 3: Repair imperfections.
Not prepping your walls properly is a rookie mistake. Filling all holes
(making sure to sand when you’re done!) is necessary. What’s not? Sanding your entire wall. Cue you sighing a breath of relief. Sanding helps smooth out inconsistencies or imperfections, which hopefully is NOT your whole wall, but just a few tiny areas.
Step 4: Clean your walls.
Watson and Berwick agree, you need to wipe down the surface you plan on painting with a damp cloth. This cleans (duh) the wall and removes any dust from sanding or general grime that you don’t want living under your new paint job.