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How to paint your walls at home

We’ve got all the tips & tricks you need to make it a success

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders, whether you’re looking for a refresh or a complete transformation. We know doing it all yourself can feel like an intimidating task if you’ve never done it before or if it’s been a little while since the last time. Don’t let that stop you!

 

8 easy steps

Would you rather warm up with a quick overview? Painting involves a lot of preparation and clean up, but it’s all a lot easier if you follow the eight steps listed below.

1. Remove the wallpaper or old paint from your wall

Maybe you’ve moved into a house with a lot of history or you just want to change up your look again – you may need to remove old wallpaper or paint build-up so you can start with a clean slate.

2. Fix any holes or cracks and wash your wall

Holes left from shelves, picture frames or light fixtures are easy to fix. Restoring a damaged wall and giving it a quick wash before starting to paint will help you get a smooth, flawless finish.

3. Prepare the room for painting

Painting is fun but it can also be quite messy! Protect your floor and any items left in the room with drop sheets and use masking tape along anything that needs a clean edge: sockets, outlets, the ceiling, skirting boards. And don’t forget to put on your own painting gear!

4. Get your paint ready

Paint comes in all kinds of colors and different types for different purposes. Some paints have to be diluted to get the perfect finish, so just check the instructions on the can to know for sure. Open the lid using a screwdriver and lightly stir the paint with a stirring stick. Pour only about a centimeter of paint into your tray at a time – this way you will have more control over the amount of paint your brush or roller absorbs.

5. Use brushes and rollers

Rollers are better for covering large areas while brushes are perfect for painting tight corners and difficult to reach places. Paint along the edges of the surface first with a brush and then use your roller to fill in the space by painting in a large W-pattern and crisscrossing over it.

6. Tackle skirting boards and ceilings

Sand your skirting boards, clean them and tape off the edges before painting them with a brush. If you’re painting your ceiling, apply masking tape around the edges, use a brush for the outline and switch to a roller on an extension pole to fill it all in.

7. Finish up

Make sure you check the finish to see if a second coat is needed. Then, once it looks good, remove the tape before the paint is completely dry for the cleanest result. Brushes and rollers can be reused if you store them properly. Make sure you remove any excess paint, rinse and dry them, and wrap them in paper towel for storage. If you replace the can’s lid firmly with a rubber mallet, the paint will stay good for years!

8. Enjoy your transformation!

It might have been a lot of work, but we hope it was also a lot of fun!