Painting a room is the most common DIY task and it’s easy to see why. If you’ve already chosen your paint, then you’ve completed half the task.
So, you’ve bought the paint, now what?
Here is a shopping list of recommended products:
- A small angled paintbrush at around 1 ½” wide
- A paint roller tray
- A damp sponge
- A canvas sheet to protect the floors and any furnishings that can’t be moved out of the space (old bed sheets work perfectly too)
- Primer Undercoat (always recommended)
- Painter’s tape or masking tape
- A ladder to reach the highest points on the wall
- A paint kettle
- Paint stirrer
Remove as much as you can from the room you are painting and cover any remaining furniture/objects and of course, your flooring with your choice of a sheet.
TOP TIP – secure it with a little bit of tape to prevent movement whilst you’re painting.
Any holes from wall art or fixtures will need to be filled for an even finish, don’t worry this is super quick and easy! Just take a small amount of filler with the edge of your scraper and holding it at a 45-degree angle against the wall, pull the filler across the hole. Then holding the scraper to the wall at a 90-degree angle, remove any excess filler.
Follow the advised drying time of the filler you have chosen and once dry, use fine sandpaper to remove any excess filler and create a smooth surface.
Preparation is the key to a long-lasting paint finish if you skip this step your walls could chip and be at risk of not creating a professional finish. Use a damp sponge to wash your wall, Sugar soap or diluted washing up liquid work perfectly fine as the most important part of this step is making sure your choice of cleaning product has been properly washed off and is perfectly dry before painting.
Last Prep Step! Use your choice of tape to go around any edges of things you don’t wish to paint for example; light switches, plug sockets & skirting boards.
TOP TIP – Alternatively, if you have a screwdriver handy, unscrew the sockets and switches to get a perfect finish. Be sure to keep your screws safe though!
You can skip this step if you’re painting onto existing paint (win!) although we would suggest diluting a little of your chosen paint to patch prime those holes you’ve filled! An easy way of deciding is if you have more than a few holes bigger than a ten pence piece prime to be safe!
Let’s Mix it up! If your space requires more than one tin, mix the two together in a paint kettle to ensure a perfectly even colour. Stir your paint thoroughly!
TOP TIP – Pop your favourite song on and stir your paint for the whole tune! Or about 3 mins! This makes sure your paint has been mixed properly but also makes the task fun!
You’re ready to paint! Start by doing all your edges with a brush, this makes it a lot easier and gives you a frame to work within with your roller. Then, grab your roller and give the whole wall one coat in diagonal ‘V shaped’ motions. Leave for 4-6 hours to dry, depending on room temperature.
How easy was that! Time for your second coat, repeat exactly the same process as you did with Step 3. When you have finished, take off your tape (if applied) and then step back and admire your hard work.
**Remember to leave the correct amount of time for your paint to dry before hanging any wall art or pushing your furniture up to the walls! It may be dry to the touch but that doesn’t mean it is fully dried!
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