When it comes to painting any room at home, there are a handful of hazards to bear in mind. Green and Health Homes Initiative CEO Ruth Ann Norton says, “If you live in a home built before 1978, do not dry scrape your paint or sweep up paint chips or dust. Be sure and do a thorough clean-up.”

McGillivray admits painting is a great DIY project. He calls it “simple but not easy.” In other words, you are capable of creating a beautiful addition to your basement renovation but you can’t just wing it.

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Here are a few tips to read before embarking on your next DIY endeavor: 

1. Breathe easy

Ensure your work area has good ventilation.

2. Dust bust

Remove dust, dirt and grime from your wall with a cellulose sponge and mild soap.

3. Set a perimeter

Protect areas you don’t want to paint (like trim and doorframes) with blue painter’s tape.

4. Have a floor plan

Protect the floor with a drop cloth.

5. Clear small obstacles

Remove light switch covers and door hardware to make painting simpler (or cover them with painter’s tape).

6. Assess your skill

If you’re not comfortable “cutting in” the corners freehanded, use painter’s tape to ensure a perfect seam.

7. Spot the holes

If your wall has nail holes, fill them with compound or caulk. 

8. Find your stroke

Roll primer (if necessary) and paint onto the wall in a continuous "W" or "M" shape. Repeat until the wall is covered.

9. Prep wallpaper

If you’re planning to use wallpaper, first paint the wall the primary color in your wallpaper. That way, you will never notice if the seam isn’t perfect.

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