Has it ever happened to you before? Fall into the trap of some paint myth or misconception that someone drops when you are finally ready to begin your interior painting project.
It is not an uncommon thing to always want to follow the easy way out. And some of the myths we are about to discuss here do just that; offer an easier way out. Others are meant to give you shivers about painting your home. But that is what this article is here for today; to debunk some of those painting myths for the lies they are. Let us begin, shall we?
1. You need to hire a professional painter
This might probably be the oldest lie and easiest painting myth to bust. No! You don’t really need a professional to work on your house every time you feel the need to paint your home. You can also paint your home yourself. That is if you choose to. You do not even need to have any house painting experience to paint your own home and make it look much better than it was before. You may only need some quick lessons from the internet and some few tools and equipment for the job and you are good to go.
2. Your walls are smooth, you do not need a primer
This myth is targeted mostly to homeowners who are not looking to spend money on the primer. A primer, however, goes beyond just making your walls have a smooth surface. A primer also helps the paint stick to the wall a lot better than it actually would when applied on an older coat of paint. This basically means that the primer prevents the paint from chipping and, thus, last longer.
3. You need to tape all the edges
Well, not necessarily. A tape is a great tool to use for creating perfect lines. But applying the tape can take a lot of time. So, if you feel confident about your painting and believe you may not really need it, then you can skip it.
4. Painting your ceiling makes your room look smaller
Knowing this is a sham makes you want to paint your ceiling right now, right? That’s right, paint away! Just try, if you can avoid it, not to paint the entire room using one color. You can also do that, only that it may not look all that pleasing, and may end up boring you sooner than you think.
5. You’re selling the house, you don’t need to paint it
Think about it for a second. Imagine it was you who was house hunting and you find this pretty house, only that it is not painted and everything from the walls to the doors and ceiling looks old. In your mind, you are already thinking you will not be putting a lot of bucks into that home. But imagine the same home well painted and looking like brand new. Don’t you, the seller, see the selling price shoot up? Even the buyer will not object, much.
6. It’s just painting, you don’t need to fix anything
Again, false. As a homeowner, you ought to know that the paint never covers up any issues that your walls have. They will look as if the paint has concealed them but, yes, they are still there. So, before you paint your walls, at least try and ensure you fix any issues that your walls have.
7. White walls are boring and institutional
Okay, so a basic white-colored wall may be a bit much. However, there are all kinds of shades that you can consider. Why not try a creamy white color? Or eggshell white. You will see the difference soon enough.
8. You have to paint two coats
No, you should not. Forget it. You will only be wasting your hard-earned money. Depending on the paint brand that you use, you can easily avoid painting multiple coats. If, however, you are not using a primer and want to go from a darker paint color to a lighter one, then you may need to paint a second coat, maybe.