If you have decided to take a DIY approach to painting your home, then make sure that you do it properly. If this is your first time painting your home, here’s a quick guide to help you learn how to paint a room.
Matching Paint Colours
Before you get started, it’s important that you have a clear idea of what you want the space to look like. As such, you should decide early on what colour scheme you want. Also, unless you want to use a single colour for your entire property, start working out the best colour combinations for each room you want to paint. Visit your local paint supplier, get different swatches, and check them against the wall. If you have a smartphone, you can use an app to help you find a match. You can also visit the websites of major paint brands since most of them have online colour swatches.
Choosing a Paint Brand
In most cases, the brand of paint you choose will have an effect on the quality of your paint job. That’s why you should consider using trusted brands for best results. Among the best and most trusted brands of paint are Wattyl, Taubmans, White Knight Paints, Cabot’s, and Valspar.
If you can’t decide which brand to choose, don’t worry. You can ask the folks at Ison and Co to assist you. Staff members are more than happy to provide you with free advice to help you make an informed decision.
Once you have obtained the paint and painting tools you’ll need, it’s time to get down to business. Here are tips you should consider.
1. Clear the room
Before painting a room, be sure to get everything out: furniture, decor, carpet, and other items you don’t want to be accidentally ruined by splotches of paint. Also, protect your flooring by covering it with drop cloths.
2. Prep The Walls
Remove old paint from the walls with a paint scraper. If the walls have any cracks and holes in them, you should patch them up before painting them over. Otherwise, you’ll end up with an uneven paint job. Then, clean the dust from the walls and wipe over with sugar soap.
3. Apply Tape
Fittings, edges, and skirting can be challenging to paint and should be painted by hand with a smaller brush. Applying masking tape on them before painting the room will prevent any drips or splatters.
4. Apply Undercoat
Take a roller and apply the prep-coat or undercoat using W shaped strokes. When you reload your roller, be sure to overlap bits of wet primer to prevent streaking and ensure an even finish.
5. Apply The Top Coat
When the primer is completely dry, lightly sand away any bumps or ridges and wipe the wall with a damp towel. Let it dry. Then, apply the top coat, starting with the ceiling before moving onto the walls. Work your way down from the top, using W shaped strokes to ensure the paint is evenly distributed.