Handy Hints to Help You Paint Like a Professional
Adding a coat of paint to a room is a quick and cheap way of giving it a new lease of life. Follow these simple tips to get a truly professional finish.
The Right Tools
As with any DIY project, half the secret of success is to use the right tools for the job. Collect together everything you might need and lay the items out on a table. Essential kit includes a variety of different-sized brushes, rollers, a paint tray or kettle, a ladder, a roller extension, protective clothing, filler and sandpaper, white spirit for cleaning, newspaper, a brush rest and, of course, your paint.
Clear as much furniture as possible from the room and lay down dust sheets. If possible, remove the radiators. Walls should be cleaned with sugar soap, allowed to dry and have all cracks filled and sanded. Prepare the walls by rubbing with fine sandpaper, remembering to vacuum up the dust before beginning painting. Use masking tape around window frames, skirting boards, switches and back boxes to help you paint a clean line around the edges. Shake the paint thoroughly, stirring if necessary, before decanting into a smaller container.
Easy Does It
If you are painting the ceiling, or lid, start with this so any paint that splashes down on to the walls can be covered later. Cut in edges with a small brush to give you a nice straight edge before painting the rest of the wall. It's best to do this as you go along – painting all the edges first can lead to differences in colour and even cracking of the final finish. Don't overload the brush or roller, as excess paint will splash everywhere. Use brushes for small, tricky areas and rollers to cover large expanses. Half-size rollers are perfect for chimney breasts or doors. Use even strokes, covering an area of about a metre at a time. Finish with diagonal sweeps as their edges are harder to spot than vertical ones.
Keep It Clean
Unfortunately, accidents do happen and you might end up with a spillage. Small splashes on the skirting board, light switches or back boxes can be quickly removed with a baby wipe. Cat litter is great at absorbing more substantial spills on the carpet if you happen to have any on hand. If not, wipe as much as possible, then sponge on some paint thinner – you may be able to salvage the situation.
Follow these few simple tips and you will find it easy to give your room a professional-looking makeover.Click here for switches & Sockets to match your paint