By Genevieve Cunningham
Painting a house is a big project. While it can certainly change the look of a house and even increase the overall value, it’s a task that most people dread. Why? Because it’s a lot of work! The easier you can make this project, the more likely you are to begin, and more importantly, finish this large task. To make the process faster and more efficient, just take a look at and apply these tips to your project today.
Stick With a Similar Color
Sticking with a similar color, or going darker, is easier than trying to make a very dark wall into something very light. Going from dark to light requires more prep work and more coats of paint. Choosing the same color or going from light to dark makes coverage much easier. This takes some of that work out of the equation, which means your house will be completed even faster.
Use a Pressure Washer
All outdoor surfaces have to be cleaned thoroughly before painting. Without this step, the paint won’t adhere to the surface. To make the cleaning process quite a bit faster, rent or borrow a pressure washer. This machine will knock the dirt and probably a bit of old paint off of the surface rather quickly. Just make sure to use a washer with appropriate pressure. Too hard may cause damage and too soft may not work. Then allow the surface to dry before attempting to apply any other paint.
Look Into Rollers and Sprayers
We often imagine a brush when we think about painting, especially when we’re painting the exterior. But there are much more efficient and faster ways to paint a surface. Don’t forget about rollers for flat surfaces, or even spray guns for large surfaces. Either of these can make the process much faster, making it much easier to get the work completed in a timely manner. It’s also quite a bit easier as far as the effort is concerned, which means you may not burn out quite as quickly or lose motivation before the project is complete.
Painting a house can be a real bother. It’s a chore that most people are less enthused to tackle, and because of that, it often goes unfinished. To make it easier and faster (and more likely to happen!), just use these tips. With a little preparation and the right knowledge, you’ll have the task knocked out and the house painted before you know it.