If plans are in the works for painting a room, your new house or condo you want to ensure you get the best results in the end.  You may want to tackle the project yourself or hire a professional painting contractor whichever you decide to do here are some helpful tips to getting it done.

professional painter painting a wall with a paint brush and paint roller


Change is good and for whatever reason you are starting your own Do It Yourself Painting project.  Whether it is all about adding your own personality and signature to the space by the colour palette you chose or it is because you do not have any desire to keep the previous owners choice in colours, you will want to be able to do the job well so that you can get as close to the professional looking end result as if you had hired a painter in Ottawa.   Whatever the reason here are a few tips to help guide you through the process.

Tips For Painting

Starting off on the right foot will help make things easier from the get go.  Organizing all the tools and supplies you will need will  ensure things run smoothly and make it look like it was painted professionally.  Plan and budget for how much paint will be needed and the cost of buying paint are great tips to getting the project started.

Having the right paint brushes, paint rollers, plastic wrap, rags, drop cloths, paint can opener, screwdrivers and a hammer, along with a step ladder to reach the high corners near the ceiling.

Remove everything from the walls, clear furniture and accessories from the area to be painted.  If furniture is placed in the middle of the room, it should be covered with plastic wrap and secured to the floor with tape.  You can also use drop cloths and then a layer of plastic wrap when you prepare a room for painting.

Rome was not built in a day, therefore do not attempt to get everything done in a day.  Plan an entire day to all the prep work such as filling nail pops, patching cracks and holes.  Use painters tape to cover things like door knobs and around windows.  Cover light fixtures with plastic wrap or bags to ensure no paint splatter from painting the ceilings.

Thorough surface preparation before you even consider opening up a paint can is the most important factor to achieving the best possible end result.  To obtain a smooth paint finish it’s an absolute necessity to prepare all the surfaces to be painted first.  Follow these house painting tips for best results.

Tip #1 Repairing of walls

Start with making sure any imperfections to drywall are properly sealed with either caulking or drywall compound, fill nail pops or cracks in the walls or ceiling and ensure any wood work like trim and moulding have been filled with wood filler.  Once these are completed you need to give a light sanding to those areas to create a smooth finish.

Tip #2 Caulking before Painting

Ensure the trim and molding have all been sealed with caulking and that way the paint finish will look smooth and no gaps will appear.  Caulking around windows and doors, baseboards and any woodwork trim is another important key element to properly preparing your area before painting.

Tip #3 Sanding & Priming

Sanding & Priming are the next step to achieving the perfect end result and a smooth paint finish.  Using an acrylic latex caulk with silicone for best results, squeeze it onto the area and smooth it over with a wet finger and let it dry completely.

After the drywall repairs, caulking and fillers have been completed,  a light sanding of the area prep the surface for the primer paint.

Painting Tip #4: Wallpaper Paste and Wallpaper removal

If there is wall paper on the walls it should be removed at the beginning.  It can be removed with some hot steam or hot water at times but if it does not come off easily with hot steam or water then use a wallpaper remover such as DIF.  You should follow the directions on the bottle for your safety as well as proper usage.  Make sure you protect any flooring or carpeting by spreading newspapers, painters cloth or even plastic wrap so that all drips from the water or the product fall onto it and do not create damage to the flooring.

If all this prep work has you thinking that you want to hire the house painting services of a professional, the beginning of your project is the perfect place to start.

Professional Painters

A simple coat of paint will transform any room into the ideal space, and as easy as painting it on your own may seem you may consider to hire a professional painter.  When hiring a painting company to do the work for you, get a painting estimate, ask the questions you need answers to before committing to choosing the painters you will work with.  Things like what type of paint products will they be using, do you have concerns about the VOC (volatile organic compound) even though today’s paint manufacturers have reformulated their products to ensure little to no exposure to VOC’s.

Dispose of leftover paints safely according to the schedule provided by your City of Ottawa municipality.

If all of the DIY painting is overwhelming, we suggest meeting with an experienced painter, obtain consultations as you look into the full painting services of a painting company, read the reviews by past clients to help guide you into choosing the best painters to work with on your next home improvement.

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 This post was originally published on Apr 20, 2015 at 07:00 and edited on March 5, 2020 at 14:31