By Sheryll K. Cross

Getting ready for an exterior or interior house painting is not at all trouble-free. Remember that for every home improvement project you’ll have, the preparation stage takes most of the time and is considered a crucial part since the project’s success depends largely on it. To get it right, you have to learn how to start with the preparation and get through with the whole painting job smoothly.

The first thing that you have to decide on is the color. From hundreds of different shades (light to dark), try to cut it down to just only three shades or two color combinations per area. Choose by theme, by favorite, or by purpose. If you wish your house to possess a royal and classy look, go with the color purple, beige and gold. Aside from that, I suggest that bedrooms be painted with cool and calming colors like blue to promote comfort and sleep. On the contrary, use bright colors in rooms where you’re most active. Asking for a booklet of paint samples is also very useful to get precise color shades of your choice.

Next is the type of paint to be used. After a primer or sealer paint, you may choose from latex or alkyd paint. Latex-based paint is often chosen indoors because you’ll only need soap and water for cleaning. It has less odor and dries up quickly, is also non-flammable and allows moisture to evaporate through the film, which means there is fewer blistering, cracking and peeling. On the other hand, alkyd paint (also known as oil-based paint) is preferred for exterior house painting for its long lasting quality.

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Once you’re done deciding on the color and type of paint for the interior or exterior of your house, prepare the surface to be painted. Caulk all cracks, joints, and seams on the surface then clean it. Sanding blocks and sandpapers or wire brushes will create a smoother painted surface.

Set up your workplace. The area should be tidy, not cluttered. If there are still furniture in the area (of course you don’t want that to be painted too) be ready to mask or cover the furniture with newspaper or plastic.

Getting the right tools and equipment to start your painting job is also a must in your workplace. The basic materials that should stay with you all the time are the paint and the paintbrushes or rollers. You wouldn’t want to be interrupted from your work whenever a tool or two is missing. A complete spray kit or pans with stirring sticks must also be within reach. True, preparation is time-consuming but it is all worth it.

Major and minor house repairs are necessary to be done before painting projects so that flaws after the repairs will or may be concealed. If you’re not used to doing DIY interior and exterior painting jobs, contact a reliable home improvement painting contractor in your area. Ask your neighbors and friends for referrals and contact numbers of professional painters to work wonders in your home.

About the Author: For more information about painting preparations, visit

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. Sheryll Cross is a web copywriter for US Website Builder (

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) that is associated with Dasilva Painting (

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).

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