- On May 27, 2017
If someone told you that painting the exterior of your house on your own is very much practical, what would you tell them? Would you be the one to dismiss the whole idea and go about the chore of selecting the right paint for your walls?
Would you be interested in at least hearing them out or would you just take them on that challenge and start painting your house right away? Well, not everyone is as daring and willing as your neighbor. Yes, she did it all with her own bare hands and this makes you wonder, could you or could you not? But before you put on those gloves, jot down some important aspects that need to be covered:
- It Is A Huge Responsibility
You need to realize first and foremost that your house is huge. It is not quite as same as painting an A4 sheet of paper. Each one of its walls is practically going to be a separate project unto itself. So do not make the mistake of thinking that you are going to paint the entire house now. Start in phases, continue in phases and complete the job in phases. Carry on with one side of the house and leave the other sides for some other time or perhaps next week. Remember you are not a professional painter.
- Pick Out Your Method Of Painting
This is rather interesting and you would be required to do some real brainstorming here. You need to decide between a paint sprayer, a paint brush or a paint roller. Personally I would go for those old school brushes because they can reach difficult crevices and corners of all big and small structures. My second favorite is the roller that is ideal for unobstructed and plain surfaces as they give a really smooth output. Last but not the least is the paint sprayer because it is just a lot of trouble when you have to cover the parts which you don’t want painted with newspapers or old clothes.
- Pick The Right Season
Yes, there is a right season for painting your house. You can’t risk all your hard work and dedication going to waste or rather going into the drain. So avoid days or months that have rains or cloudy skies. If you do decide to start painting the outside of your house, never would you want to fight those elements because you just can’t win with the weather. Period!
- Pick Out The Color And The Color Type
You want a paint that does not say out loud to the onlooker where you live from the top of the hill. But then you don’t want a paint that makes you disappear. Pick out a paint that says, “You’re Welcome” and also is very much weather resistant. Don’t just be hunting down buckets of your favorite pale sky blue or light mustard. Understand their viscosity, the number of coats required and the time they will take to dry up.
- Forget The Polishing For Now
Once you are done with the house, it is time for the doors and windows. If you seek a sheen and longer life of your wooden structures, you would know what polish and varnish to pick out. But always make it a point to do it at the last moment. These are like the finishing touches on the house and let’s face it; they are much more fun to do.