Painting a Room

How do you paint a space– just open the tin, get a brush and slap it on I hear you say. Well actually no. You will get better results, with a longer long lasting finish and not get paint all over your furnishings, windows and skirting boards if you follow a few fundamental steps.

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!

Among the most important, but often over looked, actions is preparing the location you are going to paint before you begin. To a newbie it may seem to be a little bit of a faff, but anybody who has painted a few times (and tried to tidy up afterwards) understands it will really conserve time in the long term. It will likewise give you a much neater finish and your space is less most likely to appear like a number of 5 years of age have gone to town on it. These are things you require to do to prepare;

You require to space to work so that means moving furnishings away from the walls. Do not paint around furnishings since if you wish to replace or move the item at a later date you will not be able to complete the gaps without this being obvious. If you don’t give yourself a lot of space to access the walls you will be contorting yourself while you paint making spills and paintbrush slips a lot more most likely. If you can’t take all the furniture down pile it in the centre of the room and cover it with a dust sheet.

If you have photos, ornaments, racks or wine racks on the wall it is likewise a great idea to take them down before you start. In a lot of cases this will be quicker than attempting to paint round them and wipe paint.

Dust the wall with a brush, cloth or vacuum. Wipe the dust of skirting boards. Don’t avoid this action otherwise you will get dust clumps in your paint that discolour and lump up your good new paint. If the walls are greasy (for example in an old cooking area) then you will need to wash them with a detergent – if you do not your paint will not stick to the walls giving you an irregular surface that rapidly peels off.

If your walls are mouldy then you need to eliminate the mould and bleach the wall. If you do not; the mould will quickly grow through your brand-new paint staining it again. Clean over the mould with a medium strength bleach service (keep in mind to protect carpets and furnishings before you do this as the bleach will ruin them). If the room perspires then purchase a special anti-mould paint.

Select the Right Paint

The paint that you select is really important, as not just does the colour need to be right, but you need to select the ideal type of paint for the task. Emulsion paint is developed to be used on walls, while gloss paint is best for woodwork or metal, such as radiators. You can also buy unique metal paint and likewise kinds of paint more resistant to heats for radiators or around fires.

You need to also consider paint patterns or effects as this can include a great deal of interest and help conquer some of your spaces limitations.

You can get paint from almost anywhere these days however remember that you do get what you pay for. If you want excellent enduring protection with one coat you can’t purchase an inexpensive paint. So nip to your closest DIY superstore.

Paint Brush or Roller?

In general small locations are easier to do with a paint brush. If you have a large location to paint, invest in a roller as it will conserve you a lot of time and hand cramp. You can also purchase extendable manages for rollers permitting you to arrive of high walls or ceilings. Ceilings are very hard (and extremely unpleasant) to paint with a brush. Keep in mind that the texture of the paint will be different if you use a roller or a brush. With a brush the texture is quite flat however a roller will provide a slight stipple effect. Likewise know that rollers are rather messy – they shower you and the ground beneath the wall with tiny droplets of paint so make sure you have actually covered all the exposed areas with sheets and tape before you begin.

Even if you use a paint roller, a paint brush is still an outright must-have as it lets you paint around detailed areas freehand, such as light switches, along skirting boards and doorways in a process called ‘cutting in’. This permits you to carefully work around these areas and avoid making a mess with a roller.

Protect yourself

Painting is an unpleasant task, so make sure that you use old clothing and shoes that you don’t mind getting covered in paint. Some DIY shops sell boiler suits and painter’s bibs that are developed to safeguard your clothing and can be used once again while others sell non reusable plastic aprons and paper fits. You will get paint in your hair. Consider putting it up and wearing a hat.


Make sure that you stir your paint truly well prior to you begin. Paint separates gradually and the top will be really thin and the stuff at the bottom of the tin thick. So stir, stir, stir -till the paint is of an even consistency.

Have A Wet Rag Handy

You will spill paint and/or paint things you didn’t wish to. Make sure you have a wet rag ready to clean up mistakes. It’s finest to wipe it off quickly before it has time to dry. If you are using an emulsion (water based paint) then a rag with water on it will do. If you are using oil based paint then you will need a rag taken in turpentine or paint eliminator.

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