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Common Mistakes Made During DIY Paint Projects: Why to Hire a Pro


Painting is one of those projects that people always feel like they can handle on their own. While this DIY project may seem like a simple one, it comes with its fair share of mistakes. If you’re considering a paint project, it may be time to reconsider. In today’s blog, we are going to touch on a few of the most common mistakes that people make when taking on their own home painting project.

Poor Planning

A lack of planning and preparation is one of the most common mistakes that people make when they try to tackle their own paint project. Because painting seems like such an easy project to take on, very few people are aware of how much planning and preparation needs to happen. Whether it’s a lack of supplies or rushing through the job, every factor that goes into planning will have an effect on the way the project turns out.

Lack of Protection

Now, this partially fits into the lack of preparation that often happens, but a lack of protection can feel like a mistake all of its own. When you’re painting the interior of a building, there are so many factors that you need to be concerned with. From the furniture and flooring to the rooms down the hall, ensuring that these spaces don’t wind up damaged from this paint job can be tough work. That being said, it’s crucial that you are covering every bit of your house to ensure it is protected from the chance of paint being transferred.

Forgetting Primer Paint

Again, taking on a painting project always seems like a good idea until you’re ⅓ of the way through, and you’re bored of it. We understand it takes time, but skipping steps, like forgetting the primer, can drastically change the outcome of your painting project! If skipping the primer is how you choose to save time with this project, you can count on some walls that don’t quite match up with the color that you selected, walls that bleed the previous color, and more likely than not, another paint project in the future to correct it.

Choosing the Wrong Paint

One of the toughest parts about painting is having to choose which paint you’re going to use. With as many options as you’re given, the reality is that it comes down to more than just the color you choose. Are you going to want matted paint or a semi-gloss? Is the color going to balance the room, or make it significantly darker? All of these questions may seem easy enough to answer, but without experience, it’s easy to wind up choosing the wrong paint for your project.

Bad Technique

The last point that we’re going to cover is bad technique. As if the points above didn’t contribute enough to the paint job, technique can genuinely make or break the outcome of a project. We can’t say it enough — we know this project gets boring! While you may start off with a clean and crisp technique that leaves your walls looking great, it’s not always easy to do this for the entirety of the project. Once you get lazy or tired with the technique, it shows in the work, and that’s the last thing you want to happen.

Let the Pros Handle It

Rather than try and take a paint job on for yourself, let the team at Painting Plus of Colorado do it for you. The mistakes above are easy to make, especially when it’s not a project you’re passionate about. Having been in business since 1988, we have the experience and skills that you need to feel good about your painting project. Browse the selection of painting services that we offer, and contact us today for an estimate on your project or to get it scheduled.

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