Could your walls use a little touching up? Or maybe even be freshened up entirely? Then perhaps a painting, finishing, or drywall project is in your future! If so, here’s a handy guide to help you while planning:
Step 1: Find Your Style
Before you start your project, you’ll need to decide what your project even is. Are you looking to change your room’s look entirely or just liven it up a bit? Here are a few points to consider, depending on your tastes:
If you’re looking to make an impact, then go for the bolder/darker colors. And with large rooms, the darker tones can help make the space feel cozier and more “finished” as opposed to a vast, open (and uninviting) space. Conversely, if you’re working in a smaller space, you might want to go for a lighter shade.
You’re not limited to just paint! You can also add texture to your walls, such as Venetian plaster or blown-on, orange peel, or knockdown textures. Wall texturing adds dimension to your space and can give it a special finished look.
Wallpaper is making a comeback! New design trends harmonize texture and color within the wallpaper for a totally modern and unique look.
Consider browsing sites like Pinterest for inspiration and to help you hone in on exactly what style works for you. Or, when working with a painting professional, they can help you decide what will work best in your space.
Step 2: Set Your Budget
Once you’ve started dreaming in Step 1, now it’s time to come back to reality in Step 2. What styles did you determine you liked in Step 1? Which rooms would they apply to? Are you looking to redo your entire home or office or just one or two rooms? This is where budget comes in. It’s more important to do a high-quality job in a few rooms than a low-quality job throughout your whole space. You’ll need to decide which projects are the biggest priority and how much you can afford for each one. You can always update the other rooms later!
And remember, it’s not just the fancy paint/finish/wallpaper you’ll need to do – you’ll also need to be sure your surfaces are prepped properly for the job, including repairing any damage, sanding down the surfaces, fixing water-damaged drywall, etc. If you hire a professional, they should take care of this step for you– at Fritsch we consider it part of the job!
Step 3: Determine Timing
While your project is underway, you’ll be somewhat limited in your movement throughout the room. So you might not want to plan a big project right before you’re planning to have a bunch of people over to your house or if it’s a commercial space, consider doing the project during a down time. When working with a professional painting contractor, they will include timing estimates with their cost estimates to help you plan better.
Step 4: Uncover Any Dangers or Unknowns
If your house or office building was built before 1978, it’s possible some or all of the paint is lead-based. And if you live in a historical building, you’ll need to be sure to follow certain building and remodeling codes.
You have many options when considering your next painting, wall texturing, or drywall project, but one thing is for sure – if you hire a professional painter with more than 80 years of experience, you will have a hassle-free experience that gives you peace of mind. Learn more about what to expect from a professional painter or finisher.
When you’re ready to get started, give us a call at (217) 546-6784 or email us at info@FritschCustomFinishes.com to see how we can help freshen up your walls!