Nothing gives your house a fresh feel and look quicker than a new coat of paint. Although many have successfully tackled the project sans professional help, there are also those who were unsuccessful. Listed in the next paragraphs are some prevalent painting blunders to avoid.

Following trends

It will be very tempting but it is best if you do not paint your house in the trendiest colors or styles this season. When a new trend comes along, your home will look dated. Instead of going after trends, take a look at your wardrobe and find which colors you wear frequently. If you like donning a certain color, there's a good possibility that you'll enjoy it as the color of your walls, too.

Using latex-based paint over oil-based paint

A number of homeowners think that they can spend less time, effort, and money by applying latex-based paint over surfaces that have been covered with an oil-based formula. If you commit this blunder, your wall's top coat will peel and crack in as early as one week, which means, you will need to fork over extra money to have your wall repainted. The best method is to sand the surface to remove the old paint first, and then coat the wall with primer before applying the new paint.

Applying the same type of paint for all spaces

Paints are available in different varieties. You can find them in latex and oil-based formulas, and choose from a variety of finishes which range from flat, to semi-gloss and high-gloss. Bedrooms are best painted using paint with a flat finish while high-gloss, water-resistant paint is ideal for bathrooms.

Not following appropriate waiting time in between layers

Some people commit this blunder because they want the work to be completed immediately. If you apply the second coat before the first one has washed off completely, brush strokes will be evident and your wall will look rough. Look at your paint can to find out the proper waiting time between coat applications.

Not using professional painting services

Painting your home without professional help can be rewarding. But, if you do not have the correct tools, determination, expertise and experience, there's a high possibility that you will wind up living with an awful paint job and spending more to have it corrected.

Compare multiple painting companies in your area by going online or visiting their business promotions. Try to get recommendations from people you know, as well. Prior to deciding on one, you should find out if the company is a member of a trade association, and has the necessary licenses and insurance policies. Check out photos of their past projects or check out model houses they worked on. Former clientele can also provide invaluable feedback on the contractor's pricing, professionalism and quality of work.

Article originally published at Source by Beck Pena