Interior House Painting
Interior house painting was how we started The Passionate Painters back in 2009. It’s still the largest part of our business today. Many in the team bring with them a wealth of experience in other related painting businesses but that only strengthens our ability to deal with the daily challenges of each new project.
The Process of Painting the Interior of a House
The process of painting interiors is pretty consistent. Whether we’re doing a ‘walls-only’ clean-up paint job or a complete re-decorate we still have to prepare the site the same way. Preparation is a big part of the process and we work with clients to plan the time needed to prepare the site carefully.
The room we’re painting will be a construction site for a couple of days at least, so planning accordingly is very important. Preparation starts with having our clients remove valuables and breakables from a room. Once that’s done we find out which pictures and items attached to the walls will stay or be re-positioned after the painting is complete. If you leave a hook in a wall, it will be there when we’re done so you can hang that picture back in exactly the same place. If you plan on making changes like moving pictures, light fixtures and other built-ins, we need to know that before we start so we can fill holes and clean up the wall surfaces.
Moving furniture is another item on the list that we help clients plan for. Because we’re painting walls and usually trim and ceilings too, we need adequate space. We suggest a minimum of one metre, (3 feet) of clearance around all wall areas. That’s enough room to enable us to move freely and adjust ladders. We don’t move furniture as a rule but we can discuss that ahead of time if that’s a service you need help with. (Keep in mind that moving the china cabinet also means unloading it ahead of time too.)
Before we actually begin the last step in preparation is ‘bagging’ the space. We cover all the flooring with cotton cloth drop sheets, and drape clean plastic sheeting on all items left in the room. Soft furniture is wrapped up and taped so that the sides and ends are protected too.
If plaster repairs or drywall repairs are called for, we “tent off” rooms by attaching temporary zipper doors to openings between spaces.
Colour Selection for Interior House Painting
Colour is a very personal choice and as house painters we have developed a number of ways to assist clients with colour selection. We think most people know what they want but aren’t sure how to find it.
One way to help in that search for the perfect colour for your house is to paint small amounts of different colours on the walls in different parts of the room. This technique enables you to evaluate different colours in different lights over the course of a day. Many paint retailers will sell you a very small can of paint for less than $10.00, enough to roll on the wall in a few spots to get a realistic idea of how a larger amount will work. We offer this service at a small cost to cover labour and materials and this method works well because at the end of the day we want you to be thrilled with the quality of the paint finish and the colour.
If you need advice on colour selection we suggest you retain a colourist. Unlike hiring an interior designer, a colourist helps clients choose colours and works with your existing furnishings and accessories.
Quality Standards for Interior House Painting
Over the years, we have developed quality standards in the company for painting the inside of anyone’s home and we apply those to all the jobs we do. In our opinion, there’s only one way to paint a room or a whole house and that’s the correct way. Anything short of that is a compromise. When a potential client asks us to do a ‘quick paint job’ I’m always tempted to remind them that quick sounds like taking shortcuts!
We can outline our standards in detail for you but briefly, each paint job is quoted as two coats for walls and trim. There’s only so much paint I can get on a roller at once and dying times for paint are important for long term performance of the product. We sand between coats and fill any holes or imperfections in the walls before and after the first coat.
We use quality paints from established manufacturers simply because good paint covers better. There’s no saving by using cheap paint because we end up spending more time doing extra coats.
We like to paint ceilings for all rooms inside your house if we can because there’s almost always paint from the walls on them and besides, we’re here anyway, so why not do both. Ceilings get dirty from central heating, dust, cooking and bugs. A freshly painted ceiling looks clean and isn’t that one of the reasons you were planning to paint in the first place?
Managing Expectations for Interior House Painting
Now that we’ve bragged about having such high quality standards, let’s take a minute and talk about managing expectations. Keep in mind that as house painters, we can only paint what’s there. We’re changing the colour possibly and making things appear clean and fresh but if the walls are not straight or the window frames are rotten, no amount of paint will change that.
Sometimes we can improve the look of a room by using low sheen, or matte finish paints that hide imperfections. Window treatments also reduce the stark lighting that can show imperfections in walls.
We also recommend lighting that will cast light into a space and away from walls and ceilings. And we don’t recommend that people install bright halogen pot lights in older homes either. Those products were designed to highlight areas and are ideal in retail applications. They show up every tiny imperfection in walls and furnishings in homes!
Outcomes, or What to Expect from Interior House Painting
We want you to be thrilled with the results of a paint job. In order to help make that happen we work with our clients from the outset to understand their goals for a space, their wishes for colour and feeling in a space and their expectations for the final result. If we’ve done our job before we start painting, we know that our clients will be happy with the result simply because they will be informed of what the outcome will be.
As we mentioned earlier, we can only paint what is there but with the wise use of colour and lighting, plaster and drywall repairs that we do with our own in-house staff and work standards based on cleanliness and attention to detail, our job is to leave your home looking better than we found it regardless of the scope of the project.