On-trend color schemes are cyclical. Just like those bell-bottom jeans made a comeback, every paint color goes in and out of style. While there are countless colors to choose from these days, many Jacksonville homeowners gravitate toward bright neutrals in 2020. If you’re ready to ditch the burgundy living room or update your 1960s green kitchen, the DIY Rental team is here to help. Painting the interior of your home averages a 107% ROI, which makes it a no-brainer for your next DIY project. After you tape down a tarp to protect your floors, here’s how to paint the right way:

Some Wall Materials May Require Sanding

If you have wood panels or any smooth, unpainted surfaces on the walls of your home, you can’t skip this crucial first step. Paint clings to rough, untreated surfaces and will begin to flake if you neglect to sand. On the other hand, there’s no need for this step if the walls are already painted and you’re simply updating the color.

While you could use a sheet of sandpaper for this, we recommend renting a hand or push sander from DIY Rental. This is an affordable way to cut the sanding time down by many hours without having to splurge on your own sander.

Prime the Surface Prior to Painting

If you opt for latex or low-cost paint, it’s important to apply a layer of primer first. Primer gives you a fresh, neutral base layer so your desired color is just right. If you’re unsure which paint to purchase, it’s important to chat with a pro at your local paint store.

You can always spend a few extra dollars on a high-quality paint with primer already mixed in. This saves the labor of painting an extra layer and cuts down on the project length. O

Use the Right Brushes to Apply Your Final Coat(s)

Not all paint brushes are created equal. Whether you opt for traditional brushes, rollers or a combination of the two, it’s important to choose the right type of bristles and brush size. Your bristle options include synthetic or natural. We recommend synthetic for paint or varnish that can be cleaned up with water. Natural bristles are best for oil-based blends.

The size and shape of the brush all come down to the scale of your project. Smaller brushes offer better control when painting siding and trim, while wider brushes cover more surface area. Whatever you choose, it’s always smart to splurge a little on your brushes to reach the best results.

Partner with Our Team for All of Your DIY Needs

Quarantine isn’t awesome, but it certainly allows for more time to get housework done. If you’re ready to get started on your next project, we’re ready to help. Contact the DIY Rental project professionals today for all of your tool needs.