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Six Common Diy Painting Mistakes — and Solutions

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Are you considering painting a room or two in your home? It seems easy enough, right? How difficult can it really be to snap up a few paint rollers/brushes and paint some walls? Many homeowners undertake this DIY project themselves in hopes of getting a good outcome. However, there are some factors you need to consider before you start, to avoid a color mishap, and yes, this applies to accent walls, too.

Although this could also be a fun group activity, keep in mind that there are umpteen ways this fun DIY activity can generate negative results. Did you know that most DIY paint jobs have negative outcomes due to small preparation oversights, rather than the actual painting technique? For instance, many people sidestep priming the wall, using the wrong painting tools, or hurrying to add that second coat of paint.

If you want your walls to look like a professional painted them, follow these simple steps. To help you avert painting mishaps, I’ve summarized the seven most common DIY painting mistakes, followed by solutions. So put down that paintbrush and continue reading to guarantee great results. Here's a list of some common oversights that DIY'ers make and how you can avoid them.

Seven Common Oversights

1. Walls Must Be Prepped

Oftentimes, prepping the wall is either forgotten or not seen as very important. This is a mistake. Why? Well, have your walls been cleaned of dirt, soil, and any other wall flaws? If not, you may see imperfections, as well as certain types of soil which can show through the paint once it has dried.

Solution: Make sure that the walls are free from chipped paint and have been cleaned. If there are holes or cracks in the wall, fill them in, and smooth with sandpaper for an even surface once it's dry. You also want to use painter’s tape for sharp, pristine, edges.

2. Quality Tools Matter

If you purchase the cheapest brushes and rollers for a paint job, don’t anticipate a professional-looking outcome.

Solution: Your painting tools should be durable and created for your particular type of paint job.

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3. Which Type Of Paint Does Your Project Require?

Do you know what type of paint your project requires? Do you want your end result to be a glossy or flat finish? For your project, will you purchase paint with primer mixed in, or will you prime prior to painting? These are things you should know.

Solution: Unless you use paint that is specific to high-traffic areas, you should use a satin or glossy finish. If you're unsure about which type of paint to purchase, get the facts from a professional from A Affordable Painting, so you don't purchase the wrong paint.

4. Don't Paint Over High Gloss Paint

News flash! You should avoid painting over wall surfaces previously painted with high-gloss paint, as it will not adhere well to the wall surface.

Solution: You should use sandpaper to smooth the surface, then use clean water to wipe the dust away.

5. Applying Paint Over Wallpaper

If you're applying paint over top of the wallpaper, do not use water-based paint to paint over the wallpaper as it can resurrect the glue, causing the wallpaper to become loose.

Solution: If you've decided that you're not going to remove the wallpaper, you should use a primer that is oil-based as a sealant first.

6. Sampling Paint Colors

Just because the paint sample looks great in the store doesn't mean it will look great once it's on your preferred wall. Consider using an app to distinguish what the color might look like once it's on your walls.

Solution: Colors that are too bright or too dark may be too robust for a whole room and may fare better on an accent wall instead. But this depends on the lighting in that room. Apply a few strips of color to a certain section of the wall to see how the color will look.


Painting can be a much more tricky job than people think. Simply put, if you really want professional quality results, hire the pros to give you optimal results and take away the distress of painting that frequently comes along with certain DIY home painting projects. But if you’re up for the challenge, follow these tips and go for it! Woo-hoo!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Felicia Powell

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