Winter’s snow and cold put a damper on lots of remodeling activity, but not on interior painting. In fact, “snow days” are actually a great time to paint.
Anyone who’s ever been housebound while snowbound understands the feeling of being trapped indoors. What to do with the time? What could be better than knocking an important decorating project off your to-do list?
Good light is essential when doing interior painting. It not only makes the project more pleasant, but it can speed the work by clearly differentiating painted from unpainted areas and minimizing “misses” where the light is inadequate.
That’s part of the beauty of painting in winter: The light is terrific. A sunny, snow-covered landscape casts wonderful reflected light that illuminates all but the darkest corners indoors. Even when there is no snow, very cold days are almost always clear and sun-filled.
Of course, winter days are also short, which means you need to get an early start to capitalize on these conditions. So, plan ahead for your next snow day: Ready your room by removing the curtains, switch-plates, and outlet covers beforehand, and buy your paint and sundries in advance so you can get right to work in the morning.
When purchasing paint, favor “paint and primer” 100% acrylic products, which hide the existing color and add beautiful new color to walls and other surfaces. Since they serve a dual purpose, you typically need to apply fewer coats, enabling you to finish more quickly –- a great benefit on short winter days.
It’s always wise to provide some ventilation when doing interior painting, which presents a small challenge in the colder months. Cracking the windows helps. . .or running an exhaust fan, if one is nearby. In any case, be sure to use water-based latex paints (not oil-based or alkyd coatings); they are typically very low-VOC (or contain no VOCs) and emit very little paint odor.
In just a few short hours of winter work, you’ll have attractive new color gracing your confines. And that will make the rest of your time indoors all the more enjoyable.
So, plan ahead for your next interior painting project, buy your paint and sundries beforehand, and wait for Mother Nature to provide the next opportunity to do some snow day painting. Chances are, you won’t have to wait very long!