As we all know, a room can be greatly improved with a fresh lick of paint. However, if you have a strained relationship with painting, you’ll want to keep reading for some top tips and tricks on how to paint efficiently in order to finish with a beautiful end result. You might even learn to love painting by the end of your project!
If you’ve already decided that DIY painting definitely isn’t for you, don’t worry – painters Llandudno have years of expertise and knowledge, and will be able to complete the job to perfection – with no stress for you.
Planning and Preparation
The job will be more enjoyable and a lot less stressful if you have everything you need together from the start. Think about organising a tool station in the middle of the area you’ll be working in – gather your paint, brushes, hammers, plastic bags and drop cloths.
Don’t even think about getting everything done in one day; use the day before you want to start painting as a designated prep day. This is the best time to remove all possible furniture from the room, this includes anything hanging on the walls, and carefully patch any cracks or fill in any holes in the walls. It might seem easy to paint around door knobs or cabinet hinges, but unless you’re an experienced painter, you are bound to get drips all over the place. Remove all the hardware, and clearly label them so pieces don’t get misplaced.
Get Yourself Ready
No matter how careful you think you’re being, you are bound to get drips (or more) of paint on whatever you’re wearing. So, remove all jewellery, and put on some old clothes you don’t mind getting paint splatters on. If you’re painting a ceiling, think about putting an old baseball cap or even a shower cap over your hair to avoid annoying paint splodges in your hair.
Don’t Just Paint Over Problematic Walls
If your walls have cracks or holes in them, these need to be fixed properly before you even think about putting that first coat of paint on. Fixing these imperfections in your wall will give you a much better end result than if you left them alone.
Choose the Best Equipment
Having the right tools for the job is crucial for painting success. You’ll need to figure out which tools are going to be the best fit for your painting job. In terms of brushes, you’ve got a choice of natural or synthetic brushes, foam brushes and rollers, pad painters and paint rollers. There is also the choice of paint, whether it is water-based, latex or oil-based.
Wrapping Up Your Paint Project
Even if you’ve done a great job, some cleanup is going to be required. You’ll have some touch ups to do and you’ll need to put everything away.
- Keep your brush ready, just in case you find any bits that need a touch up
- Have plenty of rags for wipe-ups, you wouldn’t be a proper painter without a stash of rags for emergencies
- Extra paint, this can be kept safe for the next refresh
- Razor blades, these are perfect for scraping off excess paint or drips from windows, tiles or glass.