Friday, May 15, 2020

How To Paint A House Interior

Lots of people out there on the internet that seem to be curious about how to paint a house interior. There certainly are a lot of different painters that promote a lot of different methods about how to paint a house interior, and in this simple but humble blog post we share with you are method about how to paint a house interior. More specifically we will be reviewing about how we repaint an existing house interior. It would be a slightly different process if this was new construction house painting but with a few small changes it should work on just about any type of residential type of house and home interior out there.

Just about every professional house painter out there that paints new construction house painting or existing house repainting always think there way is the best way to paint. The reality is that there is a substantial big difference in so called professional house painters. What might by one painters work of art might look like complete amateur hour to another painter. The nice thing about painting is everyone starts off knowing nothing and with patience and practice anyone can perfect showroom quality house interior painting results. There is no real right or wrong way to paint a house interior but this is our way. We use the following routing hundreds of times and it works every single time.

We start with assuming we are repainting a complete and finished and empty house interior. Our paint teams would be painting the ceilings, walls, and trims, including the doors and the hand railings if any are present. Our plan of attack would be to simply spray paint all of the ceilings and spray paint in all of the trim. Then of course we would be brushing and rolling in various coats onto the drywall walls. As professional house painters we know all great looking paint jobs and good and safe business for the consumer and the painting contractor start with a good prime job. So this how to paint a house interior guide covers a prime and a double coat top down interior repaint strategy we have used and continue to use time and time again.

It's paint day and it's time to bust in an interior repaint job. We plan on repainting the ceilings, repainting the trim, and repainting the walls. It doesn't really matter to us if the ceiling is a painted ceiling or a popcorn ceiling or a knock down ceiling or a textured ceiling it's the first thing on the list to be completed. After the ceiling is painted we will then spray paint all of the trim, and then finally brush in and roll the walls. 

The first thing we like to do is ready the interior by using dozens of 4x12 foot drop cloths to completely cover all the floors from wall to wall. Depending on the size of the home this can take a couple of hours. We start by following the baseboards from the front door going one direction and simply hug the walls and lay down drop cloths along side of the baseboards. If you stick to one wall you will eventually make your way back to the front door. The you can fill in the exposed middles and make your way upstairs or downstairs and cover up all exposed flooring fast and easy. Be sure you can both open and close all of the doors over top of the drop cloths. Where possible try to be generous with the drop cloth and not run everything stretched so tight. 

With the floors covered it's time to get down to business. Assuming the ceiling and walls and trims are all painted, everything needs to be sanded down. Before we can get all of the ceilings sanded it's a good time to drop the lights, and cover all of the lights with plastic and tape. Hopefully your lights are easy and fast to remove and not perminantly glued into place. If that is the case and you can't remove your lights for what ever reason, you will simple need to work around them. Typically we will drop all of the lights in the place and cover them with plastic and tape. If we see the lights are dusty we will give them a quick dusting before covering the lights up with tape and plastic.

Lights dropped and covered it's time to sand the ceiling. Usually painted ceilings are in really good condition and don't really need a very aggressive sanding. The ideal method we find some sanding out a ceiling is the quick pole sanding method. All painters know what the quick pole sanding method is. It's litterly lightly sanding every square inch of the ceiling with a quick and fast pole sander. This is easy to do by simply standing in one corner of a room and slowly walking backward while lightly pole sanding the ceiling about 4 feet or so in length. Our painters sand in an overlapping fashion half on half off the sanded surface. When we get to the end of the room we go back to the wall we started on and sand out the next 4 feet or so width and work our way backward to the end of the room. The process is repeated until all of the ceiling is sanded out.

Down put that pole sander down. Now that the ceiling has been sanded you can sand down all the walls with the poll sander and give the walls a quick scape over top of the bits of junk and who knows what that won't sand off. Some painters might call that finess painting we just think it makes for a good paint job scraping bits of junk off the wall that won't sand out. Not sure about other painter, but I'm a righty. I like to start sanding down the walls using the pole sander starting on the left side of the wall with the entrance door in it. Using a half on half off over lapping method we work our way around all of walls sanding from the very top of the wall where the wall meets the ceilings all the way down to the baseboards. Once you make your way back to the door the sanding is complete. If there is a close in the room it's a good time to sand out the closet ceiling and the closet walls.

Ceilings sanded, walls sanded, grab that medium grit sand block and block sand all of the trim. If you started at and finished at sanding the walls at the door going into the room it's a perfect time to sand down the door, the door frame, and the baseboard. Make sure you take a good look at all the trim you are sanding and be sure that you do a thorough job sanding all of the trim. Being the righty that I am, I'd start by sanding down both sides of the door and then the inside of the door frame. The baseboard is right there connected to the door frame so I would carry on sanding down the baseboard until I found another maybe closet door frame or an ensuite door frame. Eventually all door frames and baseboards and window frames in the room are sanded down.

Now that you have send it down all of the ceilings and all the walls and all of the trim you're going to have dust and debris all over everything. It's a good time to grab the old dust brush or dusting brush and follow up by dusting off the tops of the door frames and the tops of the window frames and anything else up high that might not get a lot of cleaning. You will likely notice that the tops of all of the baseboards are completely covered in dust and debris and will need a good dusting. I prefer to dust the tops and the size of the baseboards and then to grab a vacuum and give everything download a good vacuum to suck up all the dust and bits of junk and who knows what that came off the wall and the ceiling on the trim. I don't vacuum all of the drop cloths I just concentrate on the corners where the dust accumulates.

So now that you know how to sand down and ready all of the rooms in your house that's pretty much what you need to do to every room in your house before we can get down to the actual painting. Making sure you have a well sanded, flat, and clean surfaces is critical to an excellent painting finish. Even more so when using glossy paints such as eggshell and semi gloss and gloss paint that will show all types of imperfections as soon as the wet paint dries. Of course there is a whole lot more to painting a house interior but this is a good place to leave off for now. Be sure to check back often as we will update this page with the rest of the best interior house painting strategy.