7 Mistakes To Avoid When Painting An Accent Wall in Denver Metro, CO

In trying to update the look of your home, you may want to do something different — and one way to change up the look of a room is to add what is called an accent wall, which is a wall that stands out from the other walls in the room.

It is rather unfortunate that there are some rather critical mistakes that you can make in the painting of one such wall that can entirely throw off your painting project, or significantly add to the cost of one such project.

Let us now look at and consider seven mistakes to avoid when painting an accent wall in Denver Metro, CO.

1. Not Cleaning Before Painting

One of the simplest mistakes a person can make before they start the painting process is to not clean beforehand.

It might be your thought that the act of painting will cover up any dirt or grime that could be there, but this is not the case — rather, what you are going to get is a painted dirty wall, and it will be quite evident from the texture of the surface that this is the case.

Since you want a smooth surface upon which to paint, you need to take the time to thoroughly clean it before you paint.

2. Not Laying Down Protective Drop Cloth

In painting an interior wall, even when you are only painting one (such as is the case when you’re painting an accent wall) there are chances that you might spill paint.

Since paint drips and spills are pretty much a guarantee during the painting process, the best thing you can do to protect your floor is to put down a drop cloth so that it will catch the drips.

Doing so is quite easier than having to clean up the drips from the floor afterward by a large magnitude.

3. Painting Directly From The Paint Bucket

Another issue that people have is that they don’t want to take the time to pour their paint into a paint tray, preferring instead to paint directly from the paint bucket.

They surmise that it will be a bit faster to do so because by doing so they don’t have an additional thing to clean afterward — but the time they save in not pouring and cleaning is lost in how poorly the paint goes onto the roller and brush by comparison.

This is particularly the case when it comes to paint rollers, which will be doing the majority of the paint application.

4. Using Cheap Paint Rollers

Speaking of paint rollers, a big mistake people make is going into the dollar spot of certain stores and looking to buy their paint rollers there.

On top of being more difficult to use in terms of actual paint application, cheaper paint rollers are made more poorly and so you will even find that parts of the cover will come off onto the surface that you are painting, making for a messy surface.

Far better to invest a little money up front and to get. a more durable paint roller that’s not going to cause you such problems.

5. Not Checking The Paint Color

Some might go into a paint store and flip through some paint swatches and choose a paint color based on how good it looks there without taking into consideration the lighting of the room where they are painting.

This is a mistake, and when you finish painting you will find out as much — but by that point, you’ve invested so much time and money that you just let it sit there until you are grudgingly forced to repaint years later.

Test a small sample of paint onto the surface itself and see how it looks in different light conditions before painting the entire wall — paint samples are relatively inexpensive compared to years living with bad color.

6. Not Sanding The Surface

As mentioned above, a smooth surface is one that is more easily painted and ultimately will keep your paint adhered for longer.

By sanding the surface of the future accent wall, you will be making a better smooth surface and a better paint job.

7. Not Waiting For Surfaces To Dry

Lastly, you have to make sure that you allow time for surfaces to dry — this will be in terms of after you have cleaned the walls and even after you’ve applied a coat of primer and each coat of paint.

To attempt to paint over a slightly wet surface is a mistake and will lead to paint issues later on — and slightly wet paint peeling off onto your paintbrush!

Don’t settle for just any painter when you can get the attention to detail and professionalism from Imhoff Fine Residential Painting in Denver Metro, CO. Call us today to speak with one of our professional color consultants.

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