9. Always buy a paint sample first
I don’t know why, but this has been a hard lesson for me to learn. I like to think that bringing paint chips home and taping them to the wall is sufficient, but you can’t get a true feel of a color with a teeny tiny paint chip. Samples are $3 each (at least at Home Depot) and are 100% worth it. That’s not all though…once you get the sample home, use the whole thing! Painting a single brush stroke will not give you a good feel for the color, especially there is already a color on your wall. I recently repainted the main hallway in my house and bought three paint samples, painted a small amount of each one in a few places, made a decision, and ended up hating the end result. Hence the reason I haven’t mentioned it on the blog yet.
So there you have it, nine painting tips and tricks that I learned the hard way. I feel like I need a tenth one to round it out but I’m currently drawing a blank. I’m sure next time I paint I’ll figure out another one…that’s the way it seems to go around here. Anyway, go forth and enjoy clean, simple, frustration-free painting!