Follow our tips and you are going to paint your room like a pro in no time.

Interior painting is one of the most affordable ways to freshen up any room. Interior painting isn’t too difficult and doesn’t require months of specialized training. Any homeowner can paint rooms effectively and efficiently, with the assistance of a few helpful tips.

To make your DIY painting project more manageable, we’ve compiled some top tips that allow you to paint your room like a pro. Check out our guide below.

Safety Tips

1. What Are VOCs?

There are many types of paints for you to choose from, including a few organic options. The rise in organic paint emerged out of concern over volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in standard paint.

These VOCs can cause many unpleasant reactions such as headaches and skin irritation. They are especially hazardous to professional painters who deal with them daily. Even for occasional painters such as yourself, it is still essential to take precautionary measures.

The Environmental Protection Agency released guidelines regarding acceptable levels of VOC emissions for paint products. Also, individual states have established stricter standards limiting the kinds of paints that you may use. To be extra safe, you may consider choosing paints that have been specifically labeled no- or low-VOC.

2. Choosing Safe Paint

There are three basic types of paint you may choose from. These include:

  • Latex. Latex paints contain fewer VOCs than most other types of paint, due to their water base. You can readily find organic low-VOC latex paints at your local hardware store.
  • Natural. Natural paints contain ingredients such as chalk, casein, citrus oil, and linseed. They may emit some VOCs, but do not emit dangerous levels of VOC. Do note, however, that the finish from natural paint may not be what you’re used to seeing. Therefore, it would be wise to sample the paint on a small area before committing.
  • Oil. Although oil paints are quite durable, they emit the highest amount of VOCs and use a petrochemical base.

3. Safety Precautions

Taking the time to prepare before painting will protect you and your home. It may take longer than the time you spend painting, but it will be worth it. Keep the following tips in mind.

  • Protect Furniture and Floors. Consider laying down tarps of floors and any pieces of furniture that you cannot move to a different room.
  • Define the Paint Space. Use painter’s tape to mark the space you’ll paint. You can also use the tape to protect the areas you won’t be painting, such as window trims and baseboards.
  • Maximize Ventilation. Ventilate the room as much as you can. Before painting, open all windows. After painting, turn on a fan in the area. Maximizing ventilation will promote better airflow.
  • Cover Up. Wear appropriate clothing so that your skin won’t absorb any chemicals. Consider wearing long sleeves, pants, gloves, and a painter’s cap.
  • Don’t Paint if You’re Pregnant. Exposure to certain paint fumes during your first trimester may cause congenital disabilities in your baby. As much as possible, avoid exposure to fresh paint if you are pregnant.
  • Practice Ladder Safety. Use a ladder with support bars and a broad base, if you can. Also, using a model with adjustable legs will allow you to paint on the stairs safely. Before getting on any ladder, be sure to inspect its condition.

4. After Painting

You can sleep in a newly painted room in most cases. If, however, you begin to feel ill or lightheaded due to the lingering smell of paint, leave the room immediately.

Pro Painting Tips

We’ve finished discussing some of the safety precautions you need to take before you start to paint. Now, let’s move on to a few tricks to keep in mind while you paint. Follow these tips, and you’ll be painting like a pro.

1. Prepare the Surface

Before laying down paint on the wall, you’ll need to scrape, sand, and patch the surface. No matter what paint you use, it will not be able to hide a cracked or pockmarked surface.

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