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Taking on home improvement projects will definitely bring out the handyman in you or the Tim Taylor in you from the hit sitcom Home Improvement (ABC, 1991 – 1999).  While Tim always talked a good project, it never seemed to work out for him in the end when the project would inevitably go wrong. Having a plan before you begin the project will always help avoid some of the potentially obfuscated problems that always caught Tim off guard. In fact, most do-it-yourself projects start out simple like painting the inside of your house. Simple right?

Painting the interior of your house will instantly uplift your home’s image and give it a new and fresh appearance. However, it is not that simple! There are numerous types of interior wall paints to choose from and the more you know about the surface you are wanting to paint and how each surface will effect the paint when applied, will make it easier for you to make the right choice.

Matt paint is one of the most common types of interior wall paint used since it does not have any sheen or shine to it, and is a great choice when you do not want any visual distractions in the room. Which makes it a perfect choice when there are any imperfections in the walls being painted. It is important to know that it may take more than a single coat to achieve a solid color, but it is very easy to apply the paint with either a brush or roller.

Matt Enamel is similar to matt paint, but is more durable, easier to clean and require little touch-ups. This is a great advantage if you have children. We often find matt enamels in the kitchen area where you’ll find walls that need to be regularly wiped off. As with Matt paint, enamel paint is applied in the same fashion.

Satin paint is one of the most misunderstood paints available. Satin paint can best be described as a somewhere between matt and gloss. Satin paint produces a soft sheen, which makes it ideal for areas that require frequent cleaning like kitchens and high traffic areas. One thing to note about satin paint; you shouldn’t use it on a wall that has visible imperfections, because this finish will augment the imperfections and make them more noticeable.

Eggshell paint has an extremely subtle shine, however, an eggshell finish lacks the smoothness of a satin finished wall, which makes it a perfection option when painting a wall that has any imperfections. Another important fact about paints with an eggshell finish, is that it is easy to apply and normally only requires a single coat. So when cost is a concern, eggshell is the way to go.

Semi-Gloss is more often seen used when paining trim. This type of paint offers a hard finish and cleans easily with soap and water. When it comes to shine semi-gloss produces a shine that is slight less than a glossy paint but the results are just as noticeable and like eggshell you can achieve a good covering with a single coat of paint.

Gloss paint like matt paint is one of the most common paints used on interior walls and similar to satin paint, imperfections will be easily seen. In addition, gloss paint will require more than a single coat to achieve an even coverage. Normally, gloss paint is used on wood surfaces because of its high shine. It is important to note, that shiny paints require longer drying times so plan according. To achieve the best results let the surface dry completely before starting the next coat.

Professional Services

Painting your interior walls is really a daunting task especially when you consider the tedious labor required, the prep work of taping, and the cleanup when you are finished. So if you are hesitant to bite off more than you believe you can handle, hire a professional painter who can complete the job for you in a shorter amount of time; thereby allowing you to enjoy your newly painted rooms all the sooner.

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2 Comments

  1. Great tips, thanks for the post.
    Used to love that show!!!
    🙂

  2. Never under estimate the prep time (for most homes that haven’t been painted in the past 10 years you can expect to spend almost as much time preparing as you will actually spend painting). A good rule of thumb I’ve used is estimate your time and then double it.

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