Common DIY Painting Mistakes

Many individuals like attempting many Do-It-Yourself projects at home. While individual projects can get done, some projects are better off calling a professional. Home improvement in NH can be complicated. However, it is important to be aware of common mistakes that can go wrong. One favorite DIY project is painting the home. As experts, the painting professionals at Corriveau have had years to learn the ins and outs of the trade. Many common mistakes are made by the DIY painter that are avoidable.


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Trying To Paint With No Primer

Always use a primer. While it is an extra step, primer allows for the walls to “accept” the new paint color. It covers the old color, then provides a surface that the paint easily compliments. When you try to paint without primer, the old color can show through, and you could get a rough surface. Many paint companies now actually sell paint and primer in one, so you can save a step. Now there is no excuse to miss it!


Using The Wrong Paint For The Wrong Area

Particular paint types work better in different areas. In whatever room you are painting, think about the traffic flow in the chamber. Is it a high traffic area like the front hall or bathroom? Little traffic like the bedroom? That will change which paint you decide to use for the room. Satin paint does well in high traffic areas because it has a sheen. It will not easily fade or discolor. Flat paint, on the other hand, easily wears and fades so it should be used it low traffic areas where the color won’t fade.


Painters Tape

Even if you are painting the whole wall one color, at the frames or edges that you do not want to paint, use painters tape. Don’t try to cut corners by using something else. Painters tape is designed to seal the area underneath it so that the paint cannot get through while being easily removable so that it doesn’t damage the paint that is already applied.


Putting The Paintbrush Too Far Into The Paint

You should only dip your paintbrush about a third of the way into the paint. Having too much paint on the brush can cause issues later. While you think you are saving time, you are risking more problems down the line.


Not Preparing Or Cleaning

When you plan on painting, make sure that you are well prepared. Move what you can from the room or cover anything that you do not want to get damaged with paint during the fun. Also, clean up when you finish. It will allow your life to get back to normal as soon as possible after painting while giving you the chance to dry the paint thoroughly.



Check out the weather before you try to paint. If it is going to be rainy or damp the weekend you are planning on painting, try to reschedule. The weather will affect the color and could force it to take longer to dry.


Trying To Rush

Painting takes time and focus. If you rush, you could end up with globs of paint in certain areas and not enough in another. Go slow and remember that the result will be worth it.


Wrong Materials

Also, no matter how good of paint you get, you need proper materials as well. Don’t skimp on the materials you use to paint, like rollers and brushes. You will see the difference between the two. When you are painting a part of your home, remember that you should use the right stuff, every time.



Home improvement in NH can get accomplished on your own, but there are risks involved. That is why for painting projects, you should call Corriveau Contracting. We have been in the business for 20 years and would be happy to help you get your dream home. Call us today at (603)-880-9988.