Home Sweet Home Magazine - August 2021

Whether it’s time to offer your home’s exterior a bit more protection or you just want to freshen up the curb appeal for yourself or resale, painting a house DIY style is an attainable goal for many people. There are multiple things to consider, from safety to paint type, but with a plan and a solid prep job, you’ll be sipping a cold one and enjoying the results of your efforts before you know it. How to Properly Prep and Paint a House

fade quickly, while fading on lighter colors will be less noticeable. If the new color will be significantly darker than the existing color, it will likely cover fairly well. However, if you are moving to a substantially lighter color, you may have a hard time achieving the look you want without the existing color bleeding through. If you decide to paint in a lighter shade, be sure to use a quality primer on the entire surface. Overall, the easiest color to apply will be one that closely resembles the current paint.



Evaluate When deciding whether or not to tackle the project yourself, consider what it will entail. The biggest concern is how you will reach all sides of the home, especially those on second and third stories. Walk around your home, and figure out whether a ladder will suffice or if you’ll need scaffolding to paint higher areas. If you’re comfortable, you can buy, rent, or build scaffolding. Otherwise you’ll want to hire a professional.

Choose your Paint Any paint store will be able to answer questions regarding your particular housingmaterial and preferred look. You’ll want to consider the weather in your area, as well as the type of siding you have. Brick, wood, stucco, and vinyl siding all require different types of paint to achieve the best result.

Also give careful consideration to your color choice. Bright colors will


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