Decorating and don’t know where to start?
A room looks wonderful with a fresh coat of paint. But if you have a "Love-Hate" relationship with painting, you'll want to read our tips on getting a great finished product. You might even enjoy the project as much as the result!
Start out right
You'll enjoy the job more if you get everything together at the start. Gather together your paint, brushes, rollers, hammers, screwdrivers, plastic bags, plastic wrap, rags, paint can opener and dust sheets.
Plan a day for prep
Gather furniture in the centre of the room including lamps; take everything off the walls and cover your furniture with a dust sheet. Patch cracks and holes, put painter's tape around doors and windows, and cover wall and light fixtures (light bulbs removed, of course!) with plastic bags. You should even out all surfaces from ceilings, walls and woodwork with sandpaper before you begin.
Remove all hardware
It may seem easier to paint around door knobs or cabinet hinges, but unless you're a professional & experienced painter, you're bound to get drips around. So carry around a container and remove all cabinet handles, hinges and door handles. Put them back when you're done painting.
Get yourself ready
No matter how hard you try, you're bound to get drips of paint on whatever you're wearing. So take off all jewellery. Reserve some old, but comfortable, clothes for your painting jobs. When you paint the ceiling, an old baseball hat over your hair will also help protect any glasses that you wear.
Don't paint over problem walls
If your walls have holes or cracks, fix them before you start with the paint. Any DIY or hardware shop has knowledgeable staff to guide you to the best products for the job.
Water based paints
This type of Paint is for using on the walls and ceilings. Two coats are required. Never rely on applying just one coat, even if it states that it is one coat emulsion. It is good practice and easier to handle paint in a plastic paint kettle than to paint straight from the can.
Most professional painters prefer oil-based paints, especially for cabinets, furniture, and trim. Due to the paint drying slower, oil-based paints allow for better coverage. Apply oil-based paints with pads, rollers, or natural bristle brushes.
Have plenty of rags for wipe ups
No painter would be without a supply of rags. You'll undoubtedly need to wipe off excess paint, catch drips, clean up spills, or wipe off your hands.
Scrape excess paint or drips from windows, tile, or glass with straight razor blades. The drips won't smear, and the surface will be perfectly clean.
Then look back and enjoy your handy work!