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Welcome to Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists blog!Today we are going to give you all of our interior tips when painting your home! Check out the table of contents below to see the main tips we share! 

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Table of contents:

  • Arrival/Drop cloths
  • Moving furniture
  • Removing Nails
  • Filling holes
  • Caulking
  • Taping
  • Two coats
  • Interior Products
  • Realtor Tips
  • Conclusion

Arrival/Drop cloths:

When we first get to a job site, besides saying hello to the client we lay drop cloths every where we will be going. If we are painting the whole house we go room by room and lay the drop cloths then so the client can still be in their home.

We use all Sherwin-Williams supplies and it has a low VOC. That means there isn’t much of a smell and it does not stay long! It is safe to have in your home and you don’t even have to leave while we are painting!

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Moving Furniture:

If the client isn’t able to move their furniture, after we lay drop cloths we help them. We also prefer the client is at least watching, especially if it is something breakable. We move the furniture to the center of the room and put plastic over it incase there is any paint splatter.

If we are painting a closet we ask that the client removes everything before we arrive. 


Before we begin to paint anything, we check the walls for any nails, anchors, or etc. If the client wants to put a picture or decoration piece back up where it was, they mark it with a post it note or a paper clip. Anything that isn’t mark gets removed and the holes are filled and sanded before we begin to paint. We also check the corners for any other nail pops that we may need to repair. We check every room we are painting before we start so all the sanding will be finished by the time we are painting.¬†

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Filling holes:

While we are checking the nail situation we also check for any other holes. They may have been made from furniture, animals, people or anything, we check them all. Pictured below is the wall repair from Sherwin-Williams that we use. We have to pay attention to the texture of the wall, this determines if we sand once it dries or if we add texture while it is still wet.


We check around all of the trim to see if any caulking needs to be completed. Sometimes it is necessary to remove the old caulk. This not only makes the house look fancy but it also may stop any potential breezes that may come through. Sherwin-Williams has different kinds of caulk, they can vary in shade as well as consistency, what we use varies from project to project. 


We tape off any areas that we aren’t painting to make sure they don’t get any potential splatter on them. If we are spraying we tape off a lot more areas for extra protection.¬†

For example, in the picture below we put plastic over the cabinets to protect it while painting the ceiling.

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Two coats of Paint:

We always apply two coats of paint on every project we work on. We also only use Sherwin-Williams products. There has to be a 4 hour break in between the two coats to make sure the first coat is dry. We do the second coat before the end of the first day so it can dry over night and we can clean up the next day.

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Interior Products we use:

Below we are going to share the different Sherwin-Williams products that we use on all of our projects. 

“Interior” can mean many things, it can be the trim such as window trim, door trim, baseboards or doors. It can also be ceilings, walls, and in some cases, furniture.¬†

When it comes to buying paint for trim or doors, we use the same paint line we use for cabinets. You can read more about it in the cabinet section below!

If the walls have never been painted before they will need to be primed. If they have been painted before they will just need to be wiped down before painting. If you are painting a “more dirty” area, such as a kitchen or bathroom, the walls will need to be cleaned with TSP (Trisodium Phosphate).¬†

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Product information:

  • Rigorous testing proves that Cashmere performs as an effective paint and primer in one, providing an additional value-added benefit
  • Looks, feels and applies smooth and buttery.
  • Silky, low-stipple appearance that looks good from all angles.
  • Outstanding coverage and hide.
  • Scrubbable for easy cleaning and maintenance.
  • Meets the most stringent VOC regulations.
  • Available in flat enamel, low lustre, medium lustre and now pearl finish for a unique, luxurious, pearlescent sheen that shifts based on the viewing angle.

Cashmere can be painted anywhere in the home. It is a great quality paint!



Duration Home paint and primer in one features exclusive cross linking technology that actually repels stains. It also has advanced stain blocking technology to seal in stains already on your walls. Duration Home goes on smoothly and quickly and offers excellent hide. It is ideal for high traffic areas like kitchens and hallways and most stains wipe clean with water.

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Product Information:

  • This zero-VOC paint helps improve indoor air quality with Formaldehyde Reducing Technology* and has the power to reduce common indoor odors with Odor Eliminating Technology*
  • Features breakthrough innovations that help promote better indoor air quality and reduce common indoor odors.
  • Contains Formaldehyde Reducing Technology* helps reduce the levels of certain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from potential sources such as insulation, carpet, cabinets and fabrics.
  • Offers Odor Eliminating Technology* helps reduce common indoor odors, such as those from cooking, smoke and pets. Rooms stay fresher longer.
  • Features anti-microbial agents that inhibit the growth of mold and mildew on the paint surface.
  • Zero VOC formula and meets the most stringent VOC regulations, all while providing great hide and a durable finish.
  • Available in a wide variety of colors and sheens, including; flat, eg-shel and semi-gloss. *The length of time Harmony actively reduces odors and formaldehyde depends on the concentration, the frequency of exposure and the amount of painted surface area.

Harmony is a fantastic paint line! It is especially useful for rooms with moisture, such as kitchens, bathrooms, entry ways, laundry rooms and basements. If you live in a humid area or some where where it rains a lot, you may want to use this all through out your home. As listed above in the product details, it features an anti-microbial agent that fights off mold and mildew!

Realtor Tips:

If you are planning on selling your home in the near future, we are listing some tips from local realtors on styles that will help sell your home!

  • Carry one color through out the main areas of the home. This will help deture you from possible overloading the eyes of possible buyers with too many colors.
  • The kitchen and bathrooms should be the same color but can be different from the rest of the home.¬†
  • Stick with neutrals, and yes, that means grays are back in!
  • If you have dated or oak cabinets, it is best to have them painted. Realtors are finding people like gray or white cabinets, and Oak cabinets are the main type to be painted or replaced. Click here to see our 3 day cabinet painting process!


Thank you for reading our blog today! We went over many different tips today on how to take care of your interior projects! We offer free estimates and a five-year guarantee! Call or text our office phone to set up a free estimate! 309-349-7021

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