Tips to paint your walls by yourself

Painting your house walls is the best way to give a fresh feel to your place. However, if you are not careful enough, then it can turn into a disaster. While painting is not that difficult and you don’t need some specialized training to do it, there are certain things that you should not avoid.

Here are some tips that will ensure that you have a great painting experience.

Prepare the surface of the wall

If you want to ensure that you have a successful wall painting experience, then make sure that you prepare the surface before starting to paint. This includes that you have to scrape, patch, and fill holes, dents, and cracks in the wall. Surely it is not a fun thing, but it is something important that you have to. No matter how expensive paint you choose, if you don’t fix the surface, your paint would not look good.

Don’t forget the primer

Whenever you are painting, make sure you prime the walls. Primer mainly serve three functions-

  • It prevent stains from flowing through
  • ensures one-coat coverage
  • Lastly, it enhances the paint adhesion which is helpful in reducing peeling and blisters

Professional painters generally use the primer towards the end of the coloring by adding a little topcoat into the primer. This is a great trick to improve the quality of the topcoat paint to hide the primed surface completely.

Use canvas instead of plastic

While plastic drop cloth is an affordable way to protect the furnishers and floor from spatters, you might want to invest in canvas drop cloths instead. They are highly durable as well as rip-resistant. It sets flat and provides lesser tripping hazards. Unlike plastic drop cloths, canvas ones absorb paint, which prevents slippery surface while splattering the paint. Also, canvas drop cloths can be easily painted around the doorways and corners, which is something very hard to do with plastic cloths. Besides, plastic drop cloths must be thrown once used; however, the canvas is for a lifetime.

Use an extension pole

Rather than using a stepladder, opt for telescoping extension pole for paint rollers. They come in different lengths; however, it is recommended to choose extension with length 18-36 inches. It will give enough length to paint a room of 8-p foot high ceilings. Make sure that the handle of the roller has a threaded hole in the last part which will make it easier to attach to the extension pole.

While shopping for extension pole, pick one that comes with nonslip grip and a strong metal core.

Opt for a paint grid rather than tray

Rolling paint using a paint try is a messy and pointless plan. Rolling paint directly from a bucket using paint grid is a much better, faster, and neater way. A paint grid is a rectangular, firm plastic or metal screen that can be hooked onto the bucket rim. Fill the bucket halfway with paint, then hand the grid inside it.



Pamela Vigneault
Pamela Vigneault
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Lorraine Townsend
Lorraine Townsend
Recently Earl painted the exterior of our house. The structure was very challenging and needed an enormous amount of prep work. Earl and his crew showed up every day on time and went full tilt for 4 days to get all the prep and painting done. The paint was all brushed and rolled.They were very professional and it was obvious that they take pride in their work.I did have trouble deciding on the colours and after a couple of stressful months, I followed up with a colour consultant that Earl recommended. It was money well spent and we are very pleased with how it turned out.I would not hesitate to recommend Earl and his crew.
Earl and his team helped me dramatically improve the interior of a recently purchased 1960 Bungalow. They prepped and painted the main level completely (ceiling, walls, windows, door jams, etc.) and did some painting in basement as well. Easy to work with from the start to finish. Great job, on time, and at a reasonable price. I highly recommend Earl’s Paintworks. I will most likely be using their services again soon!
Jenn Balderston
Jenn Balderston
Earl is the best in the business! We hired Earl to paint the exterior of our 106 year-old heritage home that was in disrepair. Our house is a craftsman bungalow that required highly detailed workmanship. Because of the uniqueness of the house, and its heritage value, we were nervous to hire the job out to just anyone. We met with a number of companies and Earl's Paintworks stood tall above the rest. We loved that Earl was an owner/operator and knew after talking to him that he'd take great care with our beloved home. We weren't wrong! Earl and Jeremy were meticulous - sanding every nook and cranny to ensure a perfect finish that would stand the test of time. We wanted a tri-colour scheme to show off the home's craftsmanship, which required a lot of taping, cutting, and intricate work. Our neighbours would stop by to compliment Earl and Jeremy - blown away by the precision and quality of their work. Both my fiancé and I were sad to see them leave. Earl and Jeremy had become fast friends, always making time to stop and visit with us (despite putting in long days of hard labour). Couldn't recommend them enough! If you are looking for a painter, do yourself a favour, and stop here.
Julie Sontag
Julie Sontag
We recently hired Earl's Paintworks to repaint the entire interior of a newly-purchased home and could not be more pleased with the quality of the work and exceptional service provided from start to finish. We were on a very tight timeline & Earl (the owner) and Jeremy showed up ready to work 30 minutes after we took possession of the house. They put in long hours to finish the job in only 8.5 days, despite the fact that it was a massive project (3 storey house with over 30 windows/doors to paint around and some 20ft ceilings). The care they took to cover our hardwood floors, carpeting and cabinetry was remarkable - not a drop of paint left anywhere it didn't belong.Earl was truly a pleasure to work with, responded to our questions in a timely & friendly fashion, and provided knowledgeable (and realistic) advice on different finishes and colour options. He even went above and beyond to point out some small repairs that needed to be addressed around the house which was helpful to us as new owners. We had 4 different companies quote on the job and chose Earl's Paintworks based on a gut feeling that Earl was the right choice. Very happy with our decision - so much so that we're hoping to have them back this summer to do the exterior of our house as well.We would recommend Earl's Paintworks to anyone without hesitation. If you're looking for a hardworking, locally-owned company to do an efficient, professional, super high quality job, this is it!
Ken Cheung
Ken Cheung
We wanted the interior and doors repainted in our home in preparation for selling. We obtained a couple of quotes from painters. We ended up choosing Earl due to our positive interactions with him.This is a small but very professional company. It was good to work with a smaller company where the person painting your home is the actual owner and therefore, someone who took full responsibility for the work. Earl was very helpful with colour suggestions. He was easy to communicate with via both emails, phone calls and text. Earl was a perfectionist. He finished our 2 level 2000 sq ft home in about 6 full days. He came a few weeks later to do the exterior doors (garage and entry) when the weather was warmer.I would not hesitate to recommend Earl's Paintworks.