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Touch Up Indoor Paint

Why Do This?

Your house may have started with a brand-new paint job, but it doesn’t take many furniture- or foot-bumps to accrue some common wear and tear. Follow these steps to seamlessly blend your new paint with the existing paint and cover up those scuffs!

Time: 45 minutes

What You'll Need

  • paint
  • latex primer
  • paint tray
  • paint applicator (type will vary - see step #6)
  • butter knife (or other dull knife)

How To:

Need a hand? To hire a professional to touch up interior paint, visit Angie's List to find a service provider in your area.

  1. 1

    If you have a small hole in your wall, spackle it before you begin touching up your paint. To learn more about spackling, read: There's A Hole In My Wall.

  2. 2

    If your existing paint is chipped, scrape away the loose paint with a dull knife (a butter knife works well).

  3. 3

    Once your paint chips are gone and your holes are filled, it’s time to prime! Prime and seal the area with a latex primer before applying any paint. Let the primer dry completely before you touch-up the paint.

  4. 4

    If possible, use paint from the original paint can. You’ll never have an exact match unless the paint is from the same can. Even if it’s the same brand and color, it’s going to be slightly different depending on how it’s mixed. To keep track of your paint colors, visit the BrightNest Homefolio. You can store home-related info such as paint colors, phone numbers and more – all in one spot!

  5. 5

    Pour some of your paint into a paint tray and then add paint reducer until the paint is reduced by 10 to 15%. Paint reducer is a mix of solvents designed to thin paint. You want your paint layer to be as thin as possible because thicker paint is less likely to match the existing wall color.

  6. 6

    Use the same type of applicator that was originally used to paint your wall. For example, if you originally used a brush, use a brush again. If you didn’t do the first paint job yourself, a roller is a safe bet. Unfortunately, a good paint job makes it impossible to tell the exact applicator method!

  7. 7

    Start with a thin coat of paint and move from the center of the touch-up area to where the area meets the old paint.

  8. 8

    Let your paint fully dry. If the color is too light, add a second coat.

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