Is it time to give a room in your house a fresh new look? One way you could accomplish this goal is by adding a lively new color of paint to the walls. While hiring a general contractor is certainly an option, it may be more affordable to do the job yourself, provided you know what you're doing, of course. If you've never tackled an indoor painting project before, here are three common rookie mistakes to try and avoid.

Forgetting to Scrub Down the Walls

When you apply a coat of paint to a wall inside your home, the adhesive properties in the paint allow it to stick to the wall as it dries. But if there is coating of dust and grime on the wall, it will be difficult for the paint to stick properly. Make sure you give any wall you intend to paint a robust scrubbing, even if it doesn't appear to be dirty to the naked eye. Keep in mind that it is also important for the walls to completely dry before you start applying paint.

Using the Wrong Kind of Paint

Did you know that not all paints are created equal? The two most common kinds of paint are latex-based and water-based. It is critically important to know which type of paint is currently on your walls before starting a new paint job. Adding a layer of latex-paint onto a wall that already has a water-based coating is a recipe for disaster. The same is true for painting water-based paint on top of latex. Mixing multiple paint types together will cause the fresh coat to not dry properly, and then you'll have to start over. If you are unsure about what kind of paint is currently on your walls, invest in a good coating of primer to help the new coat stick to the walls.

Never Paint After a Rainstorm (or a Shower)

Is your next painting project in the bathroom, the kitchen or another room where humidity can build up? Take extra precaution to make sure that any and all moisture on the walls is completely gone before starting a new paint job. Run the fan in the bathroom and keep the door open after you get out of the shower or turn on the fan above the oven in the kitchen to make sure that any humidity and moisture dissipates. It also may be a good idea to avoid painting during or after a rainstorm outside the house. Any amount of moisture at all on the walls can throw a wrench into your painting project because the paint will not dry like it should.

Doing your own painting inside the house can be a great way to save money when compared to hiring a professional, but make sure you are not wasting time and resources by making a rookie mistake. Always wash your walls of any dirt and grime, educate yourself on the differences between latex and water-based paints and make sure that there is no moisture on your walls before beginning a new paint job. Should you need help or have questions along the way, contact professionals like G & S Home Services.