With interior home painting, you want to make sure that the color that you paint each room is consistent throughout the space. You don't want to end up with streaks or walls where the color is slightly off from the other walls.
Mix Your Paint Together
If you need to purchase a couple of gallons of the same paint color to tackle your indoor painting project, mix them together. Get a five-gallon bucket, and pour all of the one gallon or quart paint containers into the five-gallon bucket. Invest in a throwaway spatula to help you get all of the paint out of each bucket.
Then, take a large paint stirring stick, which you can generally pick up for free wherever you purchased your paint, and use it to stir the paint together. Mixing all the paint together will even out the color of your paint and ensure that you get the same consistent color on all of your walls. Even when you get the paint at the same place, each paint color is created from a mixture of different dyes and added into a base color, so you can have variation in color even when all of your paint cans were made at the same time.
Start with The Trim
When you paint your home, start with the trim. To paint the trim, you are going to need to cover up and protect your floors. Painting the trim first though means that you don't have to tape off your walls.
Paint the trim and allow a day or two for the paint to dry and cure before you cover up the trim. After you cover up the trim, paint your ceiling. Paint from the ceiling may drip onto your walls, which is why it is best to paint your ceiling first.
That way, when you paint your walls, you don't have to worry about the paint dripping down onto any other walls, and all of your color will look great.
Keep a Wet Edge
Finally, when you paint the wall, make sure that you keep a wet edge. You end up with streaks on your wall when you roll your paint brush over dry paint or partly dry paint, which is why you want to keep a wet edge that you overlap your brush or roller over. This will prevent those unsightly streaks from developing on your walls.
As you paint, make sure that you work from the top to the bottom as well. Paint the entire height of the wall, not just half the wall, to get a smooth paint application.
Get a smooth painting job by mixing your paint together, painting the full height of the wall, keeping a wet edge to prevent streaks, and painting your room in the right order so that you don't drip paint in the wrong places. Following these tips and tricks when you paint your home will help you get a smooth color.