How to Paint a Room: 10 Tips to Maximise Your Painting Project
Planning a painting project for your house? This article has 10 tips that will make sure you are successful. It starts by asking the question: "What type of paint and colour selection do I need?" The second tip is to clean the walls before starting and then spraying rather than brushing. There are many more great tips in this blog, so please read on!
Plan your painting project in advance
If you are undertaking a painting project, planning your project is invaluable. It will help you to save time and money, not to mention ensure that the painting goes smoothly.
Agree on the type of paint and colour selection in advance
One of the things that can be agreed upon before starting a project such as this would be what type of paint to use, and which colours are best suited for your home's space or theme. There are many different types of paints - one-part paints (e.g., tinted housepaint), two-part paints (e.g., latex) or three-part paints (e.g. oil).
You may also decide on whether to go with traditional white walls or if you want something more exciting like a bold red wall! In addition, you may also want to take into consideration which type of paint you will need. For example, if the walls are not sealed already then painting with a primer or sealant would be recommended for your work to last longer and better adhere to the wall.
Get all your materials before painting starts
You'll want plenty of tools on hand such as brushes, roller handles, rollers themselves (either new ones or clean used ones), drop cloths that cover everything below where you're working at least three feet around from yourself -- this includes furniture! A bucket full of water is crucial for cleaning off your brush between coats but never use it when you're spraying instead spray water onto paper towels so they can soak up and clean the paint off your brush.
Preparing the surface for painting
It is always best to make sure that the surface you're painting on or applying paint to, especially when it's older and more delicate than other surfaces in your house (e.g. drywall) has been given a good going over with soapy water before any of the actual painting starts; this will help reduce some of the dust particles which can find their way into places they shouldn't be - like onto your newly painted wall! And don't forget about those pesky corners either as again, these are often forgotten about and left until the last minute.. don't let this happen if you want them looking crisp and clean too.
Measure your paint before you start
You can also use this opportunity to get a head start on measuring out the paint you'll need for your workday, by mixing it up in one of the many bucket sizes available at any hardware store; these buckets will have handy labels telling you how much water and paint pigment you need to mix them. So just make sure that as soon as they're mixed they'll be good enough to keep overnight (maybe even longer) until next morning when you finally start painting!
Clean as you go
After every few coats of paint, vacuum up all dust and debris to make sure that no little bits are getting in the way when it's time for a coat or two later on.
One really important thing to remember whilst doing any type of painting project is to always, and I mean always clean up your workspace at the end of each day. This is crucial because if you leave paint-covered tools or cups on a table overnight - they'll be drying out which means that the next morning, all that lovely moisture will have evaporated leaving them dry, brittle and unusable in no time!
It's also important for safety reasons not to use any old household brushes; these can harbour bacteria from previous jobs and who knows what type of toxins may be lurking there too? So make sure you buy quality ones specifically made for painting tasks like bristles with an easy-to-manage pointy tip (i.e. flat bristle) so it doesn't drag across your freshly painted surface and leave those dreaded brush stroke marks.
Spraying is faster than brushing
If you don't want to do anything too complicated like cutting in then this can be a really good option because spraying will cover an area much more quickly than any other method. It takes some practice though so if this doesn't sound like something you're ready for then try out brushing instead.
Before painting take care to sand down the areas where needed just enough so they'll stick better with minimal effort from yourself come application-time but not too rough because that will end up looking like a patch.
Start at the top, and work your way down
This is just an old painter's trick but it does make sense because if you start from the bottom of the wall then by the time you're working on any higher areas they'll be tacky enough for paint to stick better without being too thick or thin and thus get over-worked with brushing; which in turn can lead to drips.
So always start at the top and work your way down when painting walls so that there are no unwanted surprises further along where dry spots may have been missed. Start painting each section one coat at a time; this goes back to our previous point about starting at the top and working your way down.
It's better to have one or two thin coats rather than a thick coat of paint which is likely to get over-worked with brushing too much because if you've started at the bottom then by now there'll be a lot more dry patches from earlier work that will show through any subsequent layers after they're brushed on - this means that all those previous brush strokes are going to be visible in the final layer so it's best not to make them!
For every single wall surface area (or nearly) to look like an even colour match, once again start at the top and work your way down; don't forget about corners either when doing this as they can easily get missed out.
Brush and roller painting techniques
If there are no contours or natural edges along which you can guide your roller without leaving behind streaks then it's best to "cut in" first with a brush. This is where all vertical surfaces - like skirting boards, windows, doors and other narrow edges - are given a generous coat of paint.
If you're painting the inside walls then make sure to use either acrylic or oil-based paints rather than water-based ones as these will be much more durable and resistant to chipping.
When it comes time to finally start applying your first thick coats (or "coats") with that roller in hand then try not to press too hard on the surface as this will only cause an uneven finish. Instead, let the weight of your arm do most of the work while gently swiping at any tricky angles along which you can't avoid having some overhanging paint collect.
Tips to achieve that best smooth finish
For best results when tackling those difficult corners up high near ceiling beams or down low near the floor, try to use a corner roller rather than dipping your brush or roller in paint and then running it across those corners.
For painting walls that are textured with bumps (specifically for plasterboard) make sure you give this plenty of attention during preparation first by smoothing them out using an electric sander.
And finally don't forget about any woodwork such as window frames, doorframes and skirting boards - they're given a generous coat of paint too!
It's also wise to invest in some good quality brushes if you plan on doing more painting projects at home; just keep in mind that foam ones will be less durable but do offer better coverage because there is no hair coming off.