How To Repair Drywall Before Painting Your Kitchen

There are many easy ways to remodel your kitchen to make it more attractive to buyers. However, before you invest in a full-scale home kitchen remodel, you should consider repainting the walls and ceilings. A simple paint job will make your kitchen look new and different. Before pick up a paintbrush and start painting your kitchen walls, there is a good amount of prep work. First, you need to patch your drywall and prepare it to be painted. This article will focus only on the drywall preparation that is necessary before beginning an interior paint job.

Using Drywall Putty

There are bound to be a bunch of very small holes in your walls. These can range from small dents cause by roughhousing to holes from nails. Either way, you want to fix these before you start to paint. First, make sure you have the right product. Premixed drywall putty is the best solution for repairs. Don't use the powder unless you are texturing an entire room in your house. You will also need some basic putty knives. If you have any holes or dents in your wall that are larger than a baseball, you will probably need to also use drywall tape. The tape goes directly over the damaged area, and then you spread the putty over the tape.

Filling Holes

When patching drywall, the key is to spread it as thin as possible. Then, wait for it to dry and then apply another coat. If you are just filling a nail hole, you will be able to fill it in one coat. In fact, you can often just spread it on with your fingertip. But if you are trying to fill a larger hole, you might need to apply several coats to make the patch as strong as the drywall.

Sanding and Texturing the Patch

Once you have adequate coverage of the hole, and the putty is completely dry, you need to sand it down. You want to sand it to make it flat and even with the wall. The final step is to add texture to the patched area. You obviously don't need to texture a nail hole, but you will need to add texture if you have puttied over a patch. The difficulty of this depends on what type of texture your walls have. Spray on texture is easy to match, but you might need to practice if you were trying to match a hand troweled finish.

At this point, your kitchen walls will basically be ready for the primer and paint. Contact a business, such as Interior Expressions, for more information.