Interior painting is something most of us prefer to DIY. It’s a cost-effective way to transform a room in a weekend. However, there are certain situations where you might want to call in a professional. Here’s what you need to know to do it yourself, and when you should call a pro.

Do It Yourself

The keys to a quality paint job are protection, patience, and high-quality materials. Start by protecting your space. Use painter’s tape to protect molding and ceilings from dripping paint. You should also seal off floors with a heavy duty drop cloth.

Then, wash your walls with a damp cloth and dish soap. Let the walls dry completely before applying a primer. Select a high quality interior paint brand, like Glidden Premium or Benjamin Moore Aura, for longer lasting chip-free paint and allow each coat to dry completely before applying another.

The right brushes are also key to a successful DIY paint job. This Stanley 8-piece paint kit comes with tools for the entire room, from trim brushes to 9-inch roller covers.

When to Call A Pro

Hard to Reach Spaces

If you have lofted ceilings or other tall spaces in your house, it may be time to call in a professional. Some paint jobs require a ladder taller than the standard six feet, and you could put yourself at risk of injury if you attempt the job alone.

Find a local professional painter for those hard to reach spaces.

Lead Paint

Homes and apartments built before 1978 commonly contain lead paint. While living with lead paint in the home is rarely a problem, repainting can present challenges. Lead paint dust and chips can cause serious health problems, especially in children and pregnant women. If you need to sand or remove lead paint, call in a professional. They’ll come equipped with coveralls, hair coverings, respirators, and goggles, and can help you with proper clean-up.

Find a local professional painter to handle lead paint in your home.