Repainting the walls or ceiling can be an inexpensive and simple way to transform your room in a matter of hours. However, if you are a complete DIY notice, there are a few pitfalls you should try and avoid if possible. So, before you start, here are our top tips on what you should know before painting a room.
Painting a Room: The Basics
Research Paint and Its Type of Finish
One of the big starting points when painting a room is to consider the type of paint you should use to achieve the finish you want. Spend time understanding the different types out there: matte emulsion, flat matte emulsion, satin, silk, eggshell, gloss.
And it gets more complicated… there are even subcategories of these types meaning real consideration is needed before painting a room. Get this right, and it will make all the difference!
Preparation Is Key
Preparation is vital to get the best results. This includes everything from removing old paint, killing mould, filling holes, sorting cracks, cleaning the wall and taping. Professionals usually spend around 60% of the time prepping. Not only will you get better results, but it will also make the whole process easier and smoother.
When using tape, avoid other types of tape such as masking, purchase and only use dedicated painters tape – we recommend Scotch Blue tape. When filling cracks and holes, remember to let the patch completely dry and sand down if needed. Failure to do so will lead to glaringly obvious bumps in your walls.
Invest in the Best
When it comes to DIY tools, you often get what you pay for, so it’s always worth spending that little extra to get better tools for the job. Invest in quality equipment as they’re easier to use and maintain. More importantly, buying good quality paint is a must. Painting is physically demanding and investing in cheap products can complicate things down the line.
• Paint tray
• Paint rollers
• Detail paint brush
Technique Is Key
The real tip for painting a room and getting the best finish is all down to preparation and technique. Painting incorrectly can lead to many issues such as unsightly lines and uneven blotches.
The first tip is to consider how much paint to have on the brush that will prevent the coat running – Dipping up to half of the brush should be more than enough.
Keep a wet edge – to avoid lines and for an all in one finish, every time your paint is applied you must keep the edge for the next section wet. This is achieved by holding the brush at 90 degrees and applying a newly added coat over the previous edge.
Focus on one area and remember not so stretch the paint out but also paint in long strokes – which will help achieve a smoother finish.
When using a roller, the aim isn’t to coat the whole wall in one go. For better results, aim for a 3ft wide section at a time. Start from the ceiling to the middle and then start from middle to the bottom.
The additional coat – it’s best to go for a second coat as once dried you’ll be able to see how good or bad the finish is. Going for more coats will improve on the finish especially with darker or more wild colours.
Paint the Challenging Areas First
Corners, window ledges, trims and all those hard to reach spots should be the first port of call before you start on the main walls. You’ll notice a better finish, and it will make the whole process easier and quicker.
We recommend always to work your way down and to allow the paint on the trims and corners to dry first before moving on to the main walls with a roller. This provides a neater finish without the unwanted lines.