11 ways most homeowners get it wrong with their interior paint jobs

The article will discuss how homeowners’ bad habits can affect their painters’ prices. These bad habits can be broken if you’re willing to work at it! The article will discuss 11 of these mistakes homeowners make so that you can avoid them as much as possible in your own home’s paint job!

1) Neglecting the outside of your house:

You might not think about it now but your home’s exterior is just as important as its interior because it will be the first impression visitors to your house receive. When most homeowners want to repaint they paint the inside of their home which is nice, but if you neglect the outside of your house it will send a message to everyone who sees it that YOU don’t care about your own home enough to fix the outside.

Make sure you are consistent with all aspects of exterior painting so that new visitors won

2) Painting over dirty walls:

There’s a simple rule you should follow when painting: never paint over dirty walls. You might not see any dirt or grime now but later you’ll regret it and wish there was a way to save your paint job.

If you don’t want to repaint the entire wall, use a small amount of drywall mud or joint compound and cover up any small sections that are dirty. Cleaning your walls beforehand will save you money in the long run because painting over dirt and grime is much harder than doing so on clean walls.

3) Painting over hard water stains:

If you don’t get rid of these before painting, they’ll end up showing through the paint and that will leave you very frustrated with your finished product.

You can’t paint right over these stains because it will look like you didn’t bother to even try covering them up. Remove hard water stains by using a 50-50 vinegar and water mixture or by using muriatic acid before painting your home’s interior.

4) Choosing a color from a faraway distance:

We all know how colors look different in person compared to how they look on paint chips or just looking at them online. Before you start choosing your colors, buy a few paint chips that are the color you want to use in your home’s interior and then take them with you when you’re looking at actual rooms in-person.

Choosing something based on just online pictures will result in much disappointment when it comes time to apply the paint to your walls.

5) Painting an entire room in one day:

It’s best to break up rooms into sections and work on them one by one so you can avoid the paint drying too quickly. Doing this also lets you better organize your work – for example, first paint one wall, then the next, and so on.

This will give your room some variety as opposed to having multiple walls of the same color which can cause monotony.

6) Painting on too thick an application:

It’s best to use more thin layers than one thick layer of paint because thinner coats of paint allow  the paint underneath to show through which gives your room more depth.

Thin coats of paint also help with any mistakes you make because it’s easier to cover up multiple thin layers rather than wiping away large sections of thicker paint.

7) Not using primer:

Using a top quality primer will help your paint last longer and it also helps the color to pop.   Buying a cheap primer will only end up costing you more because it won’t help the color applied on top of it to last as long.

8) Spending too little on paint:

You can spend all your money on cheap paint or spend a little bit more on a high quality paint and get better results. It’s your call! 

9) Painting everything yourself:

Unless you’re an expert painter, it’s best to give the professionals a chance to do their job.  It’s not that you can’t do it, but why go through all the trouble when there are people out there who know what they’re doing and will end up providing better quality?

10) Painting during humid weather:

In most climates, painting should be done in the spring or fall because these are the most temperate times of year. 

There will be much less chance of humidity interfering with your painting job if you’re doing it in the fall or spring rather than during the summer or winter months.

11) Painting on a windy day:

When possible, try to schedule your painting jobs for calm weather so you won’t have any issues with smearing or streaking! 


In this in-depth article, we’ve explored 11 of the most common mistakes homeowners make when it comes to painting. If you heed our advice and avoid these habits, your paint job will not only look better but also be more cost effective for your painters. The good news is that if any of these sound familiar or feel too complicated, don’t worry! We have a team of experts who are ready and waiting to help you with all aspects of interior/exterior home projects from start to finish including color selection & design consultation through project completion so give us a call today!