How to paint your walls perfectly
We’re all trying to make the most of our homes right now, so it’s the perfect time to harness the transformative power of paint. But what is the best way to paint your walls and ensure a great finish? For the answer, we turned to the experts at PriceYourJob. They’ve compiled the following tips to help you create a professional-looking finish and maintain its appearance.
Priming the walls
Before starting to paint, prime your walls. This is especially important if you’re changing colour. It provides a base coat and covers up any unsightly stains. Paint primers are usually thicker than standard paint and can take a little longer to dry, but you’ll be left with a stable surface for your colour coat.
Painting the walls
Follow these steps to help you achieve a professional-looking finish:
- Clear the room you are painting of as much furniture as possible. Anything that’s too big to move, cover with old sheets or dust sheets.
- Lay down dust sheets on the floor, covering it as well as you can. Then, stick sheeting down with masking tape to keep it in place.
- Next, use masking tape on any areas that you don’t want to be painted, such as skirting boards and the ceiling. This will also help with a clean finish and straight lines.
- Load up your painting tray and start at the edges of the wall with a paint brush. An angled edging brush can help with clean lines at this stage.
- Once you’ve finished the edges, grab your roller or paint pad. Start from a painted edge and paint in a W shape across the wall, ensuring you spread the paint evenly.
- To get rid of any brush or roller strokes, push a roller – with hardly any pressure – in a straight line from the very top of the wall to the bottom.
Maintaining the walls
After all that effort, you want your painted walls to stay fresh. To maintain them, dust often using a microfibre dust cloth. In steamy areas such as the bathroom or kitchen, it’s worth gently cleaning walls with a damp cloth and soapy water once a year, to rid them of any grime or residue.
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