Although painting is a job that any competent do-it-yourselfer can perform, the way that you paint is the key difference between the finish that you can achieve. Some people prefer to just slap some paint on the walls and hope for the best, whilst others do it the right way and consistently achieve perfect results every time.
In this handy guide, I will tell you how to achieve perfect results!
Things you will need
Before you begin painting, you will first need the following items to paint an average-sized room:
- Decorator’s dust sheets (or old bed sheets);
- Paintbrushes of various sizes;
- Paint roller and tray;
- Radiator roller;
- Roller extension;
- White spirit;
- Fine sandpaper (various grades);
- Masking tape.
Start by laying down your sheets so that you don’t get any paint splatters over your carpets. If you have furniture in your room, then you will need to either move them out of the way into another room or move them into the centre of the room and cover them over with sheets also.
If you have wallpaper on your walls, then I would suggest getting rid of it using a wallpaper stripper. Painting over wallpaper is not recommended and doesn’t look like a professional job when you’re done painting.
You can buy a wallpaper stripper (a bit like a giant kettle with a plastic pad you place over the wallpaper) to help you get rid of the wallpaper without marking your walls.
Get your masking tape and cover up any electrical sockets, switches, and where the edges of walls meet skirting boards so that any excess paint doesn’t drip on those items. You might also wish to cover up any smoke alarms with plastic whilst you are painting, as any paint splattered on them will impair their operations – which is obviously not what you want to do!
Top tip from Roger Hannah & Co (a company that can provide commercial and real estate valuation advice): if you are painting over bare plaster, make sure that the walls are smooth, and any blemished or holes are filled in before you do any painting.
Start by painting edges with an appropriately-sized paintbrush. When I mean edges, I am referring to around door frames, skirting boards, and around switches and sockets. Use your radiator roller to paint behind your radiators (they are small enough to fit behind them, and it means you don’t have to remove them).
If you are painting your ceilings too, you should always paint them first before you paint your walls. This is where the roller brush and extension come in handy! Make sure that you don’t put too much paint on your roller, because large blobs of paint will fall down, and it will make the job of painting your ceilings and walls difficult.
When you paint your walls and ceilings, do so using even strokes of your roller. Thinner coats of paint are easier to work with than thick, lumpy coats! If you do notice any uneven parts once a coat of paint has dried, use some fine sandpaper to level it out and then paint over it.
Depending on the paint you buy, you may need to use three coats of paint. Although there are “one-coat” paints on the market, the truth is you end up having to put at least two coats on anyway, so you may as well buy the cheaper paint and save yourself some cash!
Once you’ve finished painting, use the white spirit in some empty jars or tubs and put your paintbrushes in them, leaving them to soak for a while (preferably somewhere outdoors and away from the elements). You could do the same thing with the rollers too, but it’s easier just to get new ones for the next time you need to do some painting (they only cost a couple of quid each).