Ten Painting Myths Debunked

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Myth #1: You need to use expensive paints to get good results


This is simply not true. While it’s true that higher-quality paints may have better coverage and durability, you can still achieve excellent results with budget-friendly paints. The key is to properly prep your surfaces and use the proper techniques when applying the paint.


Myth #2: Dark colors make a room feel smaller


Contrary to popular belief, the color of your walls doesn’t directly impact the perceived size of a room. Instead, the amount of light in the room and the way the space is furnished determines how small or large it feels.


Myth #3: White paint is the only neutral color


While white is a popular neutral color, it’s not the only option. There is a wide range of neutral shades, including beige, gray, and even pale blue or green. The key is choosing a color that complements your decor and creates a cohesive look.


Myth #4: You can’t mix paint brands


While it’s generally a good idea to stick with the same paint brand for a single project, it’s not a hard and fast rule. If you run out of a particular color and need to finish the job, it’s perfectly fine to mix brands as long as the paints are compatible (meaning, they’re both latex or oil-based). Remember that the color may turn out slightly differently than you intended.

Myth #5: You don’t need to prime before painting.


Priming is an important step that helps the paint adhere to the surface and creates a smooth finish. Without it, you may end up with a rough, uneven finish, or the paint may peel or blister. There are some instances where you can skip priming, such as when painting over a previously painted surface in good condition, but it’s a necessary step in most cases.


Myth #6: You should always paint from top to bottom.


While it’s true that you should always start at the top of a wall and work your way down, you don’t necessarily have to paint in straight vertical lines. In fact, using a “W” or “M” pattern can help you achieve better coverage and avoid drips. Just be sure to work in small sections and blend your brushstrokes.


Myth #7: One coat of paint is enough.


While achieving good coverage with a single coat of paint is possible, it’s usually best to apply at least two coats. This will help ensure you get even coverage and a smooth, professional-looking finish.


Myth #8: You can’t paint over glossy surfaces.


It is possible to paint over glossy surfaces, but you’ll need to properly prepare the surface first. This typically involves sanding the gloss down and applying a primer to help the paint adhere. If you skip these steps, the paint will likely peel or blister.


Myth #9: You can’t paint over wallpaper.


While it can be more challenging to paint over wallpaper, it is possible. You’ll need first to remove any loose or peeling pieces of wallpaper and then prime the surface. You may also need to score the wallpaper to help the paint adhere. Keep in mind that this process can be time-consuming and labor-intensive, so it may be easier to remove the wallpaper and start with a fresh surface.


Myth #10: You can’t change the color of a dark room.


Contrary to popular belief, you can absolutely change the color of a dark room. In fact, using a light-colored paint