Painting & Decorating

How to paint a room

Preparation is everything when it comes to painting. If you want a professional, stress free job, then take it step by step and don’t cut corners. The result will be worth it.

Preparing your walls

Firstly make sure the walls are flat. I mean really flat. Before you dive in with the paintbrush you really should spend some time getting the surface smooth. Rarely does this simply mean giving the walls a wipe down with a damp sponge.

You will end up with a much finer finish if you take time to remove any hooks and use filler to conceal holes and cracks. Then sand down the surfaces and go over it all again. Only when you arehappy that your walls are as smooth as a builders bottom is it time to get the paint out.

Wash down the walls with dilute sugar soap to get rid of dust (from your sanding won the filler) and grease (from your grubby mitts). Always invest in good quality paint. It looks better, lasts longer, goes on smoother and provides better cover than cheaper stuff. Also consider using environmentally friendly low VOC paint.

Choosing Paint Brushes

With such fine paint, you should also get decent brushes and look after them They will last many years if properly cleaned and stored after use. Most professionals reccomend using a four inch paintbrush for interior walls.

Cover the room well with dustsheets and mask light fittings and woodwork. Particularly important to do this if you are in someone else’s house.

Stir the paint

This is a very important step and should never be ignored. Throroughly stir the paint for at least five minutes with a strong clean stick for at least 5 minutes to ensure that the pigment is evenly distributed throught the medium. If you fail to do this you may be lucky and get away with it, otherwise you will get streaks that take ages to paint over and ruin the finish.

Painting a wall

Pick up a little paint on your brush and gently drag it across the wall.

It is definitely best to work from the ceiling downwards. If you are on a stepladder do not carry the whole paint pot around with you. It is far better to transfer a little to a small pot known as a painter’s kettle.

Brushes or Rollers?

If you prefer to use a roller you will get a slightly mottled surface. This is a lot easier to do but truly dedicated pros use brushes to get the smoothest possible finish. The correct technique for the strokes is to always finish a wall with vertical strokes. If you are planning only two layers of paint, then the first should be painted horizontally and the second vertically.

Painting layers

Once the first paint layer is dry, rub down, wipe and apply the second layer. For the most perfect finish, a second rub down with an ultra fine sandpaper or wire wool followed by a final coat is the way to do it.

Removing masking tape

Do be careful when removing masking tape. If you have left it for too long (a week rather than 48 hours) it can actually pull the plaster off the wall and leave unsightly edges.

We hope you found this information about how to paint a room interesting.

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