Guides to Fine Arts Like Painting, Designing, Architecture, Sculpture, Photography and More

By Eleonor Rodriguez

While it does take some hard work, painting your house is something most people can do. Determined by how much time you have lived in your house, and how long it has been since it was painted, you'll know how difficult the job will be. If you complete appropriate prep work and you make the time, you will be able to save some money doing it yourself. You'll want to employ someone to do the job for you, if you need to take off from your job to do it.

After years, the paint on your wall will either start to fade or peel. At this point almost all you are able to do is to get a paint scraper and scrape as much of the paint off as you can. If your home might be very old, it is conceivable that you may have several coats of paint underneath. It is usually even more challenging if the layer of paint below was oil-based. After you're done scraping the paint from the walls, you'll either need to putty holes in the wall if it's wood or spackle if it is drywall then sand it down. When you are done, now remove the dust and give it an opportunity to completely dry. Chances are you'll want to let it settle for 24 hours before you start painting.

Older dwellings may have problems with moisture build-up. Paint will quickly crack when you have condensation or leaks. This happens frequently in a bathroom, and in most cases, you will find mold or mildew at the same time. While typical in bathrooms, this issue can also occur in other parts of the home. Should you have a leak or bushes that are too close to your house, you will have paint cracks. In the event your paint might be cracking because of moisture build-up, you will need a different solution. If the paint cracking is actually inside, you will want to make a solution of one part bleach and three parts water to stop the mildew buildup. If it is on the exterior of the house, you just wash it with a pressure washer and the solution that comes with it.

If the paint on your home is starting to lose color, that is also a good time to repaint. Such a thing happens most often outside the home where there is direct sunlight nearly for the whole day. To prevent this problem, avoid bright colors, or bold ones, similar to red. If you want some kind of declaration color, check out golden or ruddy tone.

You shouldn't ever let your home get into bad shape. You need to take the time to repaint every few years and fix any leaks once they happen.

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