How To Paint Walls
Painting is an easy DIY project and a great way to save money. If you’ve never given it a go, follow our simple guide, and you’ll be painting like a pro!
The most important part of any painting project is preparation. Clear all furniture away from the wall and cover it with a dust sheet to prevent paint damage. Next, remove any fittings, picture hooks and wall-mounted furniture. Fill and sand any holes left behind. Now, clean the wall with a damp cloth to remove dust and residue from the wall. Finally, use masking tape to protect any fixtures you could not remove as well as skirtings and other decorative trims.
It is always advisable to paint a layer of primer first, even if your wall already has a layer of paint. Primer helps the paint stick to the wall, makes it easier to cover darker colours and makes the finished paint colour brighter. Use a roller to cover the wall and a paintbrush to finish the edges. Follow the manufacturer’s advice before applying another coat or moving on to painting. Typically primers take 2-4 hours to dry.
Once your primer is dry, you’re ready to paint. Give your paint a good mix through. You need to distribute the pigmentation evenly, so the colour is uniform. Use a brush to cut in on all edges of the wall. Cutting in gives you a nice neat edge where the roller is unable to reach. Try not to overload your brush with paint to avoid paint runs and pooling.
Finally, it’s time to roller. Again, don’t overload the roller. It creates splatter and an uneven finish. To avoid a stripey look, it’s best to roller using alternate M or W patterns. Once an area is evenly covered, move along to the next spot. Keep going until the wall is completely covered. Now, wait for the paint to dry before applying a second coat. Once your 2nd coat is dry, remove the masking tape and replace all the fittings. Well done, your project is complete.