7 Tips To Painting Your Guest Room in McLean, VA

When you’re looking to improve the overall look of your home, one of the last places you might think of making improvements in the guest room — after all, it’s a room that is only going to see use if and when you have guests.

This is not necessarily the case, however — you never know when you’re going to need to make use of a guest room and in any case, if you have any ambitions to eventually sell your home at some point down the road you won’t want it looking like it came out of a horror film based on the appearance of the walls.

Painting the walls of your guest room might seem like it’s a complicated matter but it doesn’t have to be — and with a little help, you can get it done in a timely manner with a good budget.

Let’s look at seven tips for painting your guest room in McLean, VA

1. Plan The Painting Project

One of the first and best things that you can do to help you when you’re looking to paint your guest room is to properly plan the entire project before you first make use of your paintbrush.

This will entail measuring out the walls that you are going to paint as well as figuring out what supplies you will need and making a schedule for when you will be preparing and when you will be painting as well as actually allowing things to dry — more on this in a bit.

The reason this is such a good idea is that if you plan out in advance, you’re going to be able to avoid such things as not having the right painting materials or even perhaps running out of paint midway through the project if you don’t get enough due to not measuring.

2. Use The Right Kind Of Paint

Speaking of paint, you are going to want to make sure that you have the right kind of paint before you start painting.

Though there are of course quite a lot of options when it comes to getting paint, your ideal guest room paint is going to be a bit more on the glossy side to make it easier to clean.

3. Choose An Appropriate Color

Though the topic of paint colors for guest rooms is easily its own article (and will be tagged here when it is written and published) you should know that it is important to choose a good color for your guest room.

Think about the kind of environment that you want to set up for your guests, and how you want them to feel, and then pick a color that is conducive to that kind of feeling.

4. Clean After Sanding

Though it is fairly common knowledge that you have to sand surfaces in order to properly paint (and if you don’t know, now you know) did you also know that you have to clean after you have sanded?

This is important because if you don’t clean the surface, you’ll be left with sanding dust that will eventually make its way to your paint — and you don’t want that look.

5. Make Sure To Use Primer

Speaking of a smooth surface, it’s important to use a primer before you apply the first coat of paint.

A coat of primer helps the surface to be more adhesive as well as smooth — both good things for your paintwork.

6. Allow Surfaces To Dry

Something people don’t realize is that if you don’t allow surfaces to dry before you paint, you’ll have paint problems later on.

As dull as it is to watch paint dry (or surfaces after you’ve cleaned them) it’s an important step.

7. Protect The Floor

Lastly, make sure that you protect the floor from drips.

This can be accomplished with a good quality canvas drop cloth that won’t allow the paint to get through.

Image Painting is a professional full-service residential & commercial painting contractor based in Falls Church, Virginia. We have served the Washington DC metropolitan area since 2003. You can click below to request an estimate.
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