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Proper Steps to Painting Your Home Interior

You don’t have to be a professional to do a great job of painting your home’s interior space. However, you must be willing to put ample time and effort into preparing your work area, applying paint the correct way, and closing the job with a clean finish. How do you make the most of your hard work and get the best results possible? Here is a guide to the proper steps to painting your home interior:

Empty the room. You can do this one room at a time, as your painting progresses; the important thing is that the room you are painting in is free and clear of all furnishings. Not only will this keep your furniture free of paint, but it will also protect you from bumping into or tripping over furniture while you are concentrating on your paint job.

Lay protective sheeting down. Your floors should be completely covered with either plastic or cotton protective sheeting before you even crack open a paint can.

Wash and repair walls. Paint won’t stick to dirty walls, and it would be a waste of time for you to paint damaged walls, as the new paint will only draw attention to the wall’s imperfections. Therefore, you should prep your walls by first washing them with a soapy rag (and then cleaning the soap off with a wet rag); after that, fill holes, cracks, dents, and other imperfections with putty. Once the putty is dry, sand it down and wipe the area with tack cloth to remove all the dust.

Tape off. While it may be tempting to skip this step (as it requires a considerable portion of your time), you simply cannot afford to not tape off if you want a good-looking paint job. Tape off around trim, doors, windows, architectural features, and even the ceiling. Use painter’s tape, as it will peel off easily after the paint is dry.

Roll, and then cut in. For large wall expanses, use a roller. For smaller spaces, or areas where you need to pay attention to detail, use a hand-held brush to cut in. If you want, you may also purchase handy tools for edges and corners.

Painting your home is a big job. It takes time, patience, and attention to detail – not to mention a good amount of manual labor. If you are facing a painting project that you’re not sure you want to tackle on your own, you can call on the experienced professionals at Jeff Schultz Painting to get the job done right. We can be reached by phone, at (941) 374-3672, or by email:

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"We want to personally thank you for the wonderful job you did on painting the exterior of our house and our pool deck. As always with all the work we have had you do on the interior and exterior of our house through the years you did what you said you would, you were always punctual, neat and courteous and you did a great job. Feel free to use us as a reference anytime. We appreciate the fine work "

--- Elaine and Kent Pershing from Gulf Gate Woods

"I just wanted to let you know what a great job we think you did on the painting of the interior and exterior of our house this past month. The neighbor two doors down came over and said how great the house looks and asked for your name and number. I gave him one of your cards and let him know how happy my wife and I were with every aspect of the job and he said he would definitely be giving you a call. His name is Harold Hawkins, so expect to hear from him. Thank you again so much and know that you can always use us as a reference for jobs in the future. Take care."

--- Alan and Nina Gerstel from Country Lakes Estates

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