Created in Partnership with Ace Hardware
Ready to pick up a paintbrush for first time and paint your own walls? Yes, it can be daunting, but have no fear! We sat down with Ace Hardware to identify a few common first-time mistakes and how you can avoid them, so you end up with a perfect paint job that would make any DIYer proud.
Mistake #1: Choosing the wrong sheen.
From flat to eggshell to high-gloss, each type of paint serves a unique purpose and using the wrong sheen in the wrong place can have dire results. For ceilings, go for a flat paint -- it helps hide imperfections and applies easily. For walls, especially in high traffic areas, go for an eggshell or satin finish as they have a nice bit of shine, and are also washable. For trim, go for a semi or high-gloss paint. These sheens are very durable and also easy to keep clean. Use a premium paint like Valspar, available at Ace, which has a wide array of sheen levels. A gallon should cover about 400 square feet if the surface is in good shape and not porous. To estimate how much paint you need, check out Ace's paint calculator at thepaintstudio.com.
Mistake #2: Skipping surface prep.
Globby walls, eww! Before applying paint, always prepare your surface by patching cracks or holes and wiping down walls. Smooth over surface imperfections and fill holes with spackle or joint compound (trust us: you'll thank yourself later). Smooth over surface imperfections before you paint. Use a putty knife to apply a thin coat of spackle to the hole. Let it dry for 30 minutes. Then, sand the spot, dust it off, and you're ready to paint!
Mistake #3: Not using tape.
To get more professional results and to also save yourself some time, always use painter’s tape. Don't try to cut corners and use masking tape. (You'll be pulling that up for years to come.) Like anything in life, you get what you pay for. Use quality painter's tape to get clean lines and tape that can easily be removed. Taking the time to cover doorknobs, light fixtures, trim, and anything you don't want to get paint on, will help you paint straighter, cleaner, and worry-free. Slowly pat the tape down to avoid any bubbles or wrinkles. For that satisfying peel to reveal your perfect paint job, be sure to wait at least an hour for the paint to fully dry. If you notice that the paint is pulling up with the tape, use a razor blade to score the edge and break the seal
Final Tip: Take advantage of Ace Hardware’s Extra Mile Promise!
With these tips, you're no longer an amateur. Go forth and paint like a pro! Want peace of mind for your paint project? Head to your neighborhood Ace Hardware store for the Extra Mile Promise.* The team at Ace will run through their checklist to make sure you get everything you need and if they don't, the delivery is free. The Extra Mile Promise is offered for customers who buy a gallon or more paint.
*Head to acehardware.com for full rules and restrictions.