When it comes to painting your house, especially if you haven’t spent much time painting a wall before, you may not know the best way to go about resolving potential problems that you encounter. You may find that your wall is strangely textured and that it is showing through the paint layer. You may find that you have no clue how to combine accent trimming colors and the color of your main wall. You may even find that you have an access panel in your wall that you have no idea what to do with or how to paint. In all of these situations, you may feel at a loss as to what you should do. There are quite a few ways that you can go about getting this job done, and they all depend on your own personal style.
Figuring Out What You Want
Before you can begin painting the wall where you have an access panel, you will want to determine what you want to do with it. Some people choose to leave the access wall completely unpainted, or at least the portion that is used to access the plumbing in your home. This can be a quick and easy way of solving the problem, but depending on the color you choose for the rest of the wall, this can make quite a stark difference. Not everyone wants this kind of noticeable portion of the wall that stands out from the rest.
Other people may choose to go the complete opposite route, opting to paint the entire access panel the same color as the rest of the wall, including the trim that often sets apart these panels from the rest of the wall. While this can help to create a more normalized wall, it can create a strange texture when the trim is also painted the same color as the wall. To avoid this, you may want to consider painting the trim around the panel the same color as the trim around the rest of the house.
Some people may even go with a combination of both methods, opting to paint the panel part of the access wall the same color as the rest of the wall, but leaving the trim surrounding it unpainted so that people can easily locate the access wall if they need to. Likewise, some people may even take this opportunity to add a splash of another complementary color to the wall where the access panel is.
Is it Going to Need Special Paint?
Some people may be concerned about the idea of paint damaging the thinner section of wall that often covers the panel portion of an access wall. While this is a fair thing to be concerned about, you usually will not need to make any changes to the type of paint that you use. Interior wall paint, unless it is something extreme or unique, is pretty easy on similar materials to it. You may need to invest in some more painter’s tape if you plan on painting the trim another color than the access wall, but this is pretty par for the course when encountering any sort of decorative wall trim.