Tips & tricks to know before painting a room

Painting is one of those home DIY jobs that are relatively easy if you just give yourself time and have a little patience. Remember, professionals never rush a painting job. That’s not because they want to make as much money as possible; it’s because they know that a job which isn’t rushed is likely to produce the best results. If you want to be able to step back and really admire the results when the job is finished you can’t expect to have it done in a day.

It helps to make the job a little easier if you know some useful tips and tricks about the tools you need and techniques you should use. For instance did you know that using old paint is a great idea if you need a primer and the paint is a lighter color than the paint you’re using for the main coat?

We’ll take you through some more handy things to know if you’re about to start painting a room.


Preparation is key

Preparing the room and the walls is a major part of any painting job. If you don’t get the preparation right, it’s a lot harder to do a good job. Here are some of tips for your preparation.

  •  Remove all furniture. If you can’t remove larger items they should be moved to the center of the room and well covered with good quality drop cloth.
  •  Cover the floors with good quality drop cloth.
  • Fill holes and gaps with spackle.
  •  Sand down any cracked or peeling paint.
  •  Clean walls with a damp cloth and water containing a cleaning agent. If the walls are nicotine stained you can use a 50-50 bleach and water solution.
  • Use primer on the wall for a smoother, glistening finish.
  •  Put paint in a roller tray and /or a bowl for brush painting. This protects paint in the can from debris off your brushes.
  • Use painter’s tape to tape off trims and the ceiling.
  •  Cover switches and sockets with tape and remove door handles and wall decorations.

What tools will you need?

One of the most important factors in making a success of a painting job is checking out a list of all the tools you’ll need. Some of these are obvious, such as brushes, rollers and a ladder, but it’s worth double checking. It’s also important to remember that drop cloths, which are a vital tool, should always be high quality. Invest in coverings which are really going to protect your furniture and floor and don’t be tempted to save money by using old sheets. Paint can seep through them.

The technique of painting

Once you’ve got your tools in place, and the room is prepared, all you need to do is paint. Here are a few tips you may find useful.

  •  Paint from dry to wet.
  •  Hold the brush in the narrow way when you’re painting trim.
  •  Before you start wet your brush and blot the moisture.
  •  Don’t dip your brush too far into the container and wipe it off on the edge, to avoid drips.
  •  Use long continuous strokes.
  •  Using a roller cover three feet portions at a time.
  •  Always do a second coat and let the first coat dry before you do.

Hopefully if you take a look at our tips and tricks before you start painting your room, the job will be a lot easier for you; happy painting.

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