When you’re in the process of fixing up your home, whether you’re just trying to improve the look of your home because you want a nicer looking home or you hope that it will help you sell it more easily, painting the floor of one or more of your rooms can be a good idea.
Of course, the floor, like just about any surface in and outside of your home that can benefit from being painted, having some understanding of what you are doing is quite helpful in preparing for the paintwork.
When you’re looking to paint your floor, you should be aware that the absolute first thing you should do is to ensure that the floor is as clean as possible.
The reason that this is the case should be fairly obvious if you think about how the painting process goes and what would happen if you were to try to paint on top of dust or grime — it would make an unpleasant mess and not make for a good painting experience.
When you look at doing just about any painting project that involves painting a surface such as a wall or even the floor, the rule is that smoother is better for surfaces.
In addition to cleaning the floor, applying a coat of primer to the floor is your next best way to ensure that you will have as smooth a surface as possible.
There are some who will insist that a paint roller is a paint roller and that a paintbrush is a paintbrush no matter where you get it and how much it costs — and that people who spend more money on the higher priced painting are just wasting their money.
This is not at all the case — there is a world of difference between paint rollers that cost only a dollar or two and paint rollers that cost several dollars — you won’t see the material on the roller coming off of it and onto the floors, which is considerably harder to get off than one might think.
Better to invest a bit more in your painting equipment and not then have to spend extra time painting and to clean up a mess you may make.
When you’re painting a wooden floor, you will sometimes find small imperfections in the floor that are just too much for the primer to handle — in these cases, such cracks and holes in the floor need to be properly filled before you proceed with the painting project.
There are special putties that you can get to fill in these imperfections prior to painting that will ensure that your floor continues to be even and that when you paint, it will be smooth.
It may be worth sanding after you have applied the putty to the floor so that it is as smooth as possible.
When you are painting the floor, especially if you are going to be painting the garage floor, it is important to have good ventilation so that you aren’t painting in a room full of fumes from the paint.
You can’t go wrong with ventilation — the more you have, the better off you are.
You should have a good idea of what your colors will look like before you paint your floors.
With that being true, you can’t really go on paint swatches — how it looks in the store isn’t how it will look at home on your floor in different lighting conditions.
It is far better to get a small sample of the paint and to test it out on an area of your floor (even if it means painting a small wood sample and putting it on the floor) prior to painting the floor so you know that it will really look as good as you think it will.
Sometimes you want to make a nice pattern on the floor when you are painting, and yet you may be thinking it is impossible or only for professionals.
You can do a lot of good in terms of getting a pattern on the floor with a reusable stencil, many of which can be found online.
If you need professional assistance painting the exterior of your home, Peek Brothers Painting can help.
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