Painting can seem like a messy task but if you plan correctly and follow our best tips on how to paint your house, it will be a walk in the park.
Before getting started
- Spills and spatters happen, regardless of how careful you are. It’s a lot easier to prepare for them than to wash them out of your carpet or off your wood floor later. Canvas dust sheets in your work area (a 4-ft. x 12-ft. cloth costs approx. €16) will help you. The thick canvas stays in place, so you don’t need to tape it, and you can use it to cover any surface. Plastic dust sheets are slippery to walk on and don’t stay in place. Even worse, paint spills on plastic stay wet, and they can end up on your shoes and get tracked through the house. Canvas is slippery on hard ﬂoors, so roll & stroll (€17 for 20 square meters) is better over vinyl, tile and hard- wood. Tape the sheets together and to the ﬂoor to provide a nonslip surface.
- If you paint over dirty, oily surfaces, the paint will easily chip or peel off. Before painting, clean grimy areas with a degreaser or heavy-duty cleaner intended for pre-paint cleaning such as sugar soap. They work well to clean painted, varnished or enameled surfaces to improve the adhesion of the new paint. They’re ideal for cleaning greasy or oily areas like kitchen and bathroom walls and removing hand marks around light switches and doorknobs.
- Wipe on the cleaner in a circular motion using a lint-free cloth or abrasive pad. Start at the bottom and work up. After the surface is clean, fill in any nicks and holes, then sand them smooth before painting. The cleaners are available at hardware stores or online. Be sure to wear rubber gloves and use eye protection.
Now you are ready start painting your walls.
- When using brushes for the first time run them under a cold tap for 3 minutes prior to use. This will remove any loose hair from the brush.
- Paint colors can vary slightly from one tin to the next. If you have to open a new can in the middle of a wall, the difference may be noticeable. Mixing the paints together eliminates the problem. It’s best to estimate the amount of paint you’ll need and mix it in a 25 litre bucket (a process called “boxing”).
- When coverage is difficult to estimate, add more rather than less. Better to be looking at it than looking for it.
- Pros usually follow a certain order when painting a room. They paint the skirting & architraves first, then the ceiling, then the walls. That’s because it’s easier (and faster) to tape off the woodwork than to tape off the walls. And you certainly don’t want to tape them both off!
- When painting the skirting & architraves, you don’t have to be neat. Just concentrate on getting a smooth finish on the wood. Don’t worry if the woodwork paint gets onto the walls. You’ll cover it later when painting the walls. Once the woodwork is completely painted and dry (at least 24 hours), tape it off (using a 3 day masking tape), then paint the ceiling, then the walls.
- Always cut in walls before rolling. The key to great paint finish is preparation. With many amateur painters, the temptation is to get stuck in with the roller straight away. This strategy can lead to mistakes. If you paint the corners and edges first (called cutting in) you can be a little faster with the roller.
And our final tip for our painters taking on the bigger projects that run into a couple of days. Rather than cleaning your roller sleeve every night you can tie a plastic bag around the roller sleeve and the paint will stay wet and the roller will be good to go the next day.
We hope that our painting tips for painting your home help you and of course if you need any products we have all of your painting needs covered at build4less.ie.