How to Properly Paint a Room

Posted by on May 09, 2018

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It’s really easy to paint a room, but in order to do it properly and gain the best result you need to ensure you have the right equipment

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It’s really easy to paint a room, but in order to do it properly and gain the best result you need to ensure you have the right equipment, the right paint and of course, the right plan. With the right preparation and consideration, you can do a perfect job of painting any room within your home and these useful tips will help you to achieve this.

Equipment:

Paint Rollers

Sandpaper

Paint Scraper

Paintbrushes

Sponge

Masking Tape

Overalls

Dust Sheets

Paint

You can find the majority of these items at your local builder’s merchants, we picked ours up from our local branch, Milford’s Building Supplies, and you’ll even find that the majority of merchants are able to deliver to your door!

Step 1: Prepare and Plan

Before you do anything, you need to prepare the room for the decorating project. You can do this step-in advance, whether that’s the day or a few hours before, so it gives you plenty of time to make sure you’ve prepared properly. You need to ensure all furniture is either removed from the room or covered with dust sheets to prevent any paint or dust from damaging or staining the furniture pieces. Once you’ve covered the furniture pieces and flooring, you can then add masking tape to skirting boards, electrical sockets and switches to help keep paint from transferring onto those too.

Step 2: Fill in Holes or Cracks

If your decorating a room that has currently got cracks or holes in the wall, then you need to invest in some filler to fill these before you attempt to paint. If you don’t follow this step, you’ll find your walls will look bumpy or uneven once the paint has dried, which won’t give you that smooth, neat finish you want to achieve.

Step 3: Brushes and Rollers

Start your painting off by using a roller, as this will help you to cover as much space as possible and get started with the first layer. You often find that brushes are best used when working with smaller, awkward areas and fiddling spaces that would struggle to fit a roller through. Once you’ve coated the wall with the roller, you can then fill in the edges and gaps with a smaller paintbrush to make sure the job is done neatly. When you’re using the roller, be sure to wipe as much excess paint off from the sponge before you lift to paint the wall, as the last thing you want is for the excess paint to drip down your neatly painted wall or worse, onto you!

Step 4: Paint the Corners and Trim

Once you’ve given your main walls a couple of layers of paint, you can start to pain the corners and trims of the wall. This is the area that you will have applied masking tape to previously, so it’s important to be careful and make sure you’re being as neat as possible. Once you’ve painted around the corners and trims of each wall, you’ll be able to see the overall result (although you may need an extra layer of paint dependant on the overall look).

Step 5: Tidy Up Properly

Many people fail to tidy up properly after painting a room and this can result in you wasting a lot of money. After you’ve used your paint brushes and paint rollers, make sure you soak them properly and wash them down so that there is no more paint left on the sponge or bristles. You should also make sure that you clean the trays that your brushes and rollers sat in, as well as the sheets that covered your furniture. Put the lids back properly on any left-over paint and store it neatly in the garage, as you never know when you may need it to touch up an area of the wall.



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