When painting any space the desired result is a smooth, even finish. Many times this end result is because of preparations before any paint is even applied. There are several steps that must be taken to achieve the desired look.

For exterior spaces, the condition of wood, siding, etc must be examined. Repairs should be made to any damaged areas. The space needs to be cleaned to remove dirt and mildew so that paint will adhere. Any peeling of existing paint should be scraped and removed and all bare wood oil primed. All cracks should be caulked with latex caulk. After these steps are taken then painting with a good exterior paint can begin.

For interior spaces, walls and trim should be inspected. Any damaged sheetrock should be repaired; mudded, taped, sanded, and primed. All cracks in trim needs to be caulked with latex caulk. All walls should be lightly sanded for smoothness. Then, a good quality paint can be applied. For low sheen a matte flat paint can be used. For a higher sheen satin or eggshell has a richer look. Satin, semi-gloss, or high-gloss trim paint can be chosen depending on desired look.

Whether you are doing the painting yourself or hiring a professional, make sure the proper prep work is done. A gorgeous new space is worth the effort!