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By crossroadsp2443513, Jul 21 2017 07:09PM

If painting walls were as simple a process as just applying a coat of paint with a roller brush, everyone would do it. It’s tedious and laborious. It’s also the time you discover who your true friends are after you invite them to your painting party.


Unless it’s a party where they’d be painting on a standard-sized blank canvas while sipping on some wine and listening to some relaxing jazz tunes, you may find that everyone you invited is busy. Fortunately for you, there are businesses like ours that have professionals that have plenty of experience painting that can take care of that for you. Should you want to save some money, we’ve provided


9 steps on how to prepare for the big wall painting project.


1.Protect the furniture and flooring against splattering paint. You can either remove furniture from the room or at least move them away from the wall and cover them with old sheets.


2.Wear worn clothes. We know this may seem obvious but you’d be surprised. We’ll go even further and suggest you wear safety goggles and even gloves. It’s up to you if you want to put a shower cap on your head.


3. Dust and clean the walls. We don’t think most people dust their walls as part of their regular Saturday morning cleaning routine but this is where the exception must be made. For most surfaces, you can use a towel or a vacuum cleaner.


4.Scrape cracked or flaking paint with a paint scraper. If there are plaster bumps, make sure to use sandpaper to smooth them away.


You can use a piece of sandpaper stapled to a sanding block, but we’d recommend you borrow someone’s electric sander if you don’t own one.


5.Check that you have all your materials: primer, paint-can opener, stir sticks, roller covers, paintbrushes (one for latex paint and one for oil-based paint), paint tray, gloves, drop cloth and an extension pole for the roller.


At this point, we wouldn’t be surprised if you waved the white flag and surrendered to a professional painter. No? Okay, let’s continue then.


6. Cover wall sconces and wall trim with blue painter’s tape. Now this can take a while if you want to make sure the tape is on the edge of the trim and not over some of it. Not that we are trying to discourage you from doing this on your own, but this does take time. You’ve been warned.


7.Now paint. Start in the corners of the wall and up near the ceiling with an angle brush. With a small brush, apply the paint around trim and in the corners of walls where your larger brush can't reach.


8.Do a "W" pattern to paint walls. Start in the corner of a wall and roll on a 3' by 3' "W"; then fill it in without lifting the roller. Repeat until the section is finished. This helps hide seams and any places where the roller has been lifted and put back on the wall again.


9. Try out a color on wall. You can never make a good decision based on looking at the color swatch in the store. Take it home and tape it to the wall to see how it looks.


You can test a few colors of paint on a spare piece of wood and place it against the wall. And then you’ll be near the finish line.


Are we exhausted from going through these steps? But it’s not as backbreaking as the job itself. Whatever you decide, don’t hesitate to call Crossroads Property Services at 706-352-5678.


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