Choosing the Wrong Colors
One of the biggest, most devastating painting mistakes you can make happens before you even pick up a brush or roller. That mistake is basing your paint color choice on color chips. We've all done it. You pick out a nice color from the strip at the store and order your paint. But when you put the paint on the walls at home, it doesn't look like the color you picked out. You can avoid this problem by asking the paint store to mix a small sample of paint that you can take home and try out on the wall, in both natural and artificial light, during the day and at night. Then if you don't like it, you're only out a few bucks.
Another paint-color related tip: If you're selling your home, don't choose bright colors. Buyers might not think your lime green kitchen is as cool as you do. Our advice: Keep it neutral.
Making Rookie Mistakes
Two common first-time painting mistakes:
1. Leaving the lid off of the paint can. The most obvious problem with this bad habit is that someone is bound to step on the lid and track paint all over. But there are other reasons to put the lid back on immediately. It'll keep your paint clean and prevent dried-out paint crud from forming in the can or on the lid. Plus, you're less likely to get the lids from two similar colors mixed up, which can cause hassles later.
2. Forgetting to lock out pets. Here's what can and does happen—you step out of the room you're painting and pretty soon your dog is in there sniffing around. He grabs the paintbrsh handle in his mouth and carries it, dripping, across the house to give it back to you, leaving painted paw prints in his path. Avoid all pet-related painting problems by keeping your pets locked away from the project at all times.