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Primer: Paint Techniques

It's Dress Your Walls month here at CasaSugar, and I hope Casa readers will be inspired to try any of the painting, wall coverings, or wall art projects we're trying out this month. If you do, make sure to post those pictures in the Su Casa group!

While a lot of Casa readers have put paint roller to wall, I thought it might be helpful to review the best techniques for getting your carefully chosen colors on your home's walls. If you're more video oriented, there are some great painting primer videos over at HGTV. Meanwhile, check out this list of painting tips to get started.

  • Make sure to spackle and sand first to prep your walls.
  • Make sure to thoroughly tape along edges, windows, and molding. And make sure to press down firmly on the tape. I forgot to do this on one part of my weekend painting project and now I have to repaint part of the molding!
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  • Using primer before painting will guarantee that you'll have to use fewer coats of paint and that your color will be consistent and pretty.
  • Using low- or no-VOC paint will eliminate that nasty paint smell, plus it's healthier for both you and your home.
  • Use the right tool for the right job. Tight corners and edges will require small brushes or mini-rollers, while big and tall spaces may require rollers and roller-extensions.
  • Pay attention to your finish. If you're working in the kitchen or bathroom, you'll want to use a semi-gloss or high-gloss paint because it resists stains and grease more easily. You should also pay attention to how the finish affects color. Team Sugar member redegg offers this helpful advice: "Flat finishes give off more muted hues of the color you select while painting it in a glossier finish will make it crisper and deeper."
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