How to paint rooms like a boss

By on 28th February in Guides

Paying for a painter and decorator can be expensive, especially if you have just paid out for a new extension or moved into a new house. So here are some top tips to have your house looking like it’s had a professional let loose.

Baby painting Flickr Robbert van der Steeg

Image sourced from Robbert van der Steeg

Kitting out

Now obviously you don’t want to go out and spend a small fortune on having all the latest decorating equipment, but there are some essentials that you will need.

• Paintbrush
• Roller for painting large areas
• A paint tray
• Dust sheets
• Elbow grease

A pencil, scissors, ruler, masking tape and sponge are other items you probably have at home already that come in handy when decorating.

If you have got to strip wallpaper before you can give a room a fresh new look you’ll need;

• A wallpaper scorer
• Dust sheets
• A sponge
• A bucket full of warm soapy water

Should you decide that you’d like something a bit more high-tech, a steam wallpaper stripper can be hired for as little as £15 per day, so it depends how quickly you want the job done.

Stripping technique

Now we are still talking wallpaper here. Start by laying dust sheets as this can be messy, then start scoring areas of the wallpaper with the point of the scraper making sure you only penetrate the wallpaper, not the wall behind it. Sponge over the area of wallpaper now so that it starts to lift away from the wall. Ensuring you are not scraping the wall, get the scraper underneath the paper to remove it.

If it is a big job, treat yourself to a steamer as it makes life a lot easier.

Wallpaper steamer Flickr prettyinprint

Image sourced from prettyinprint

Painting technique

A quick health and safety warning; if you have sensitive skin wear gloves. Paint can cause mild irritation.

Now that’s out of the way it’s time to become a master of paint strokes.

• Hold the paintbrush like a pen to get in all of the nooks, crannies and corners.
• Try to paint in the same direction, so if you do vertical strokes, complete the whole wall like this to get an even finish.
• You will have to do a minimum of two layers to achieve a smooth and even finish.

Top tip – It is worth investing in a good paintbrush to prevent bristles falling out easily and getting stuck to your walls. There’s nothing more infuriating than a bristle dried under paint on the wall.

Designs and patterns

If you don’t want a plain wall and you’d like to put a splash of your personality onto a feature wall, here’s a couple of tricks;

• Use masking tape to make stripes or shapes on the wall. Paint the wall one colour, apply tape to your desired effect and then paint the rest of the wall. When it’s dry peel off the tape and you should have a lovely design left.
• Buy ready made stencils or make your own from a piece of card. Place the stencil on the wall and paint. The chandelier design below is a great idea!

Wall Decals Flickr SimonCMason

Image sourced from SimonCMason

My final tip for painting is to make sure the paint has air to breathe. It may sound odd, but it will help it dry better so make sure windows and doors are open. Not only that you don’t want to stink the room out with the paint fumes.

Follow this advice and I am sure that even the Dulux dog would Crown (see what I did there) you the King or Queen of painting.

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