September 23, 2020


Most Common House Painting Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes & How to Avoid Them


If you want to paint your home, whether for a full room makeover or just in a bid to update the rooms, there are mistakes that can occur at some point and quite easy to avoid if we only take note of them.

Almost everyone tends to make mistakes from time to time when working on home improvements and especially when it comes to painting. Most times, these mistakes usually have an impact on our efforts.  

In this article, We will go over the 9 most common house painting mistakes and possible ways of avoiding these mistakes. 


Most Common House Painting Mistakes


Not cleaning the walls

When it comes to painting, you always want to begin with a blank canvas. Wash the walls and make sure that before applying any paint, all repair work is finished.

Take the time to ready the walls for painting. This would prevent dust particles or hair from sticking to the wall causing the painted wall to appear rippled, textured or rough. 

You will also note that the paint isn't going to slide on as easily as with a smooth surface. To clean a wall properly before painting, run a vacuum over the walls and wash with a combination of vinegar and hot water. Your wall should be clean, dry, and clear of any loose debris for paint to go on smoothly.


Painting without Primer

This step preps the surface of the wall so that paint sticks more easily, plus it ensures that the paint's true color shows through.

The paint primer makes the paint finish beautiful and guarantees its durability. It also allows the application of painting easier and lighter. These days, you can also buy a two-in-one paint and primer — doesn't get much simpler than that.


Disregarding the Weather

Paint does not handle extreme temperatures very well, so make sure you're aware of the weather if you're starting a painting project. The drying time for water-based paint would be slowed down by high humidity levels. 

Freezing temperatures prevent paint from drying uniformly, causing cracking and peeling. Extreme heat makes the paint bubble or too easily dries the paint, leaving you with an imperfect finish. Check with the manufacturer to see what the ideal temperature for the paint is if the paint is not applied properly.


Wrong painting techniques

The paint will dry in the bristles and be harder to clean later when you submerge a paintbrush completely in paint; similarly, a big dunk for a roller will mat the roller down. 

Instead, just dip your paintbrush about a third of the way into the can. You'll save paint in this way and prevent any unnecessary paint drips.


Over Brushing

Also after the paint has begun to dry, brushing over the same area is a technical error, often caused by novice hands. 

Aimless brushing or applying too much paint to a brush causes our surface to have noticeable ridges and markings. It's important to gradually build up your paint evenly and with consistent brush strokes for a rich and smooth finish.


Choosing the paint before the fabric

The choice of which color to paint your walls is not one that should be taken lightly; it sets your room's mood and will affect your choices of furniture as well. 

Choosing the color before any fabric is one of the biggest mistakes people make; you can run the risk of being at a loose end, trying to fit fabrics to the color of your wall. First, the fabrics of the rooms and main textiles, such as rugs and curtains, need to be picked so you don’t bring in awkward colors into your room after painting.


Leaving the floor and roof unattended 

Starting with the walls instantly seems absolutely good, until you have smudged the roof or floor piping with your paintbrush or roller. Wiping the paint off becomes almost an impossible aim to accomplish, whether it is a few delicate sprinkles or a blunt stroke.

It is not only necessary to keep the floor and roof untouched, it is simple too. For the floor and the roof, with the aid of tape, cover the borders and corners. Another way to remain in the safe zone is to paint a thick horizontal strip along the line without worrying and then continue with the vertical strokes.


Hurrying up the second coat

Take a break for a minimum of 24 hours after you have taken care of the first coat. Give it a day and let it totally dry out. It is not a good idea to make the second coat when the previous one is still wet. 

A well-dried first round of paint serves as a brilliant foundation for the walls and gives a smooth finish and a velvety touch to the second and final coat.


Letting Extra Paint Dry Up

Your touch-up paint will dry out so that it's practically unusable by the time you need it if you don't take the proper precautions. 

Before you close it up to help prolong the life of the remaining paint, cover the top of the can with a piece of clear plastic wrap for water-based paints; for oil-based paints, apply a half-inch of water to the surface before closing.


Things You Should Avoid in Homes

  • Painting your ceiling flat white may take the room down. Go for a cream color instead
  • Don’t go overboard with one color, use contrasting colors for balance
  • Going for all neutral colors can be really bland
  • Don’t use wildly different color schemes in every room that have no connection – add elements of a same color to each room to tie them together
  • Don’t use the same color scheme in every room. Try two-color schemes instead, to add a little relief
  • Don’t select  a one-dimensional hue – colors that have no depth can be too fluorescent and loud



When it comes to painting, there are lots of minor things any painter can easily overlook. These factors end up ruining the final look of the painting in the long run. Avoiding these mistakes is the only way we can get a flawless painting in our homes, one we will be happy about. 

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