Re-creating the appearance of your home doesn’t have to be difficult, and a task as simple as painting your wall can go a very long way in transforming the feel of your home, and it can be done on a budget. There are a few things you will need first, and a few preparation steps before you start painting.
Tools & Equipment
- A tin of paint
- Paintbrush & roller
- Drop sheet
- Masking tape
- Soap & water
Step 1 – Preparing Your Work Area
Before you even open your tin of paint, you’ll have to clear your work area. This will create a lot of space and a stress-free painting session, as well as protecting your furniture and any other items that you don’t want covering in paint.
Place a drop sheet on the flooring as well as on any furniture that is too difficult or inconvenient to move. At this point, you may have been recommended newspaper however this will not suffice.
Step 2 – Clean Your Walls
Use a soap and water mixture to clean your walls and leave them to dry. Once the surface is dry, use masking tape or painters tape to cover any sockets, switches and skirting boards. Take time while doing this to avoid a lopsided job.
Step 3 – Priming your walls
Applying a primer is essential and we always recommend it as it allows for better adhesion from the paint to the surface, ultimately increasing the durability of the paint. Apply a layer of primer using a roller, working into all small crevices to ensure a full cover. Once you’ve applied a layer, leave it to dry for a few hours.
Step 4 – Painting
A tip we always advise is to stir your paint to ensure an even texture. Once you’ve done this, use a paintbrush to paint the edges and corners of your wall. Load up your brush about half way up the bristles and tap your brush on the edge of the tin to remove any excess paint before applying. Now, apply the paint to the corners and edges of your wall.
Now you’ve got the corners out of the way, use a roller to paint the main surface of your wall. There are many ways to do this, however we recommend painting in a ‘W’ or ‘M’ motion as this will allow an even distribution of paint.
You should rarely ever apply only one coat, so once you’ve applied the first coat, let is dry for a few hours and then apply a second coat. Two coats should be enough, however if it’s not you can always repeat this step and apply a third coat. Once you’ve applied the second coat, remove the masking tape.
Now, leave this to dry for 24 hours and remove the drop sheets from your furniture and re-arrange your room back to how it was. This will reveal you brand new wall.
Things to be wary of
- Painting might seem very simple, and most of the time it will be however there are still things that can go wrong. Keep reading to make sure your painting experience is a stress-free one.
- We mentioned it before, but make sure any furniture and items are moved away. Paint splashes can lead to deep stains that can be a pain to remove.
- Many people will avoid priming; however, this will only lead to a longer, drawn out painting time. Make sure you prime your wall before painting, especially if you’re painting over a darker colour.