It’s amazing what a coat of paint can do for a room. I have seen such major transformations take place with just a stroke of a brush, and it’s why I always encourage the clients I work with to consider the role that color plays in their home. It can set the mood, tone, and atmosphere like nothing else! This is why I am so excited about the Jolie Home paint that we carry here at Allure with Decor…it’s high quality, goes on beautifully, and lasts for years to come. But when I hand over a gallon of paint, or I prepare to paint a room myself, I know there’s much more than just slapping a color on the wall. Here are my tips for preparing to paint a room or a piece of furniture:
-Gather your supplies: This is crucial the process, and it’s not the time to pinch pennies. By investing in great painting supplies, you will achieve a better and more quality result in the end. Buy the brand-name paint tape, the good brushes or rollers, and the dropcloths that you aren’t sure you need..you will be so glad you did! Once you have gathered supplies, be sure to set aside plenty of time to prep your room or furniture item. Rushing only produces sloppy painting!
-Measure properly: You know they say to measure once and cut twice…well, you usually aren’t cutting anything while painting, but it’s just as important to clearly know how much paint you really need for the area you are covering. Make your calculations based on careful measurements, and always add a little extra to allow for drips, spills, or touch ups (and you may want extra to touch up down the road so that the shade matches perfectly). If you are measuring a large piece of furniture like a hutch or dresser, make sure to calculate the width, depth, and height to ensure maximum accuracy.
-Know what kinds of rollers/brushes you need: If your wall has a very thick texture, you will need a different roller than you would with a more flat or smooth texture. Your roller and brush choices make a huge difference in the appearance of your finished product, and choosing the right ones can even save you money because you will waste less paint. This tutorial on how to choose the right tools is extremely helpful.
-Prepare your surface: If you are painting something like a cabinet or a laminate material, you will need to prep your surface. Jolie paint sticks to most items without sanding or prepwork, but it’s important to clean and prepare any surface you are painting, even if it’s just lightly cleaning and drying the area. Always test what you are painting in a small area that is inconspicuous. Another great thing about the paint is it works for both indoor and outdoor projects! You can read all about the FAQ’s on the Jolie website HERE.
-Properly ventilate: It’s really important to make sure you have enough airflow and breathability when you are painting any area or item. Although Jolie paint is non-toxic and is also food-safe and baby safe after 14 days of drying, we recommend working in a well-ventilated area and always practicing safety first. Jolie paint is very low-odor, so there should be minimal noticeability, even right after painting.
We are happy to answer any questions about the shades and types of paint we carry, and we would love to help you tackle you next big project!