Not All Paint Jobs Should Be Bodgy
Are you thinking of painting this weekend? Well, stop right now and give this a read before you head off with your paint swab to the local Bunnings.
We’ve all been there, tried painting a room only to get a few strokes in and realise you’re doing a bodgy job of it!
My husband and I have done a lot of renovating. Code for a lot of painting. One thing I’ve discovered is you need to be organised. Trying to do something quickly, without good planning and preparation, always ends up making more work for you in the long-run. Trust me, we’ve been on the other end of trying to fix hideous renovation mistakes. Think bright yellow gloss paint, on the walls of nearly an entire house, painted with a small brush. It was a nightmare for us to remove. It put me off yellow for five years.
Before you slap paint on the walls have a think about what colour will suit the style you’re after. Get paint samples. And then before you commit to one colour try them out on various walls in the room, testing out the colours in different light. It’s amazing how varied the colours are at different times of the day.
Once settled on a colour, measure out the space and ask your local paint supplier to provide you with the amount needed. There’s nothing worse than running out mid-wall! If you plan on doing more than one room in the same colour, get extra so the paint colour remains consitent.
Before painting, prepare your surface. Fill in the cracks and sand. Clean the walls with sugar soap if needed. Remove cobwebs, they always get stuck in your brush! Tape up the skirting boards, cover windows and floors. And don’t forget to put an undercoat or primer on first. Good prep is EVERYTHING.
Then the fun part (for about 10 minutes) – painting. If you have the right tools – a roller, extension pole if needed, paint tray, edger, flat butter knife or spatula (to scrap off any rogue paint) and paint brush – it will make it a lot easier. Remember to mix the paint thoroughly. And start from the top of the wall.
When using a roller, ensure the paint is evenly distributed before rolling the paint on to the wall. When using a paint brush, just dip the brush into the paint tin up to half way on the bristles, it saves on paint and makes it easier to clean you brush later. Don’t push too hard on the brush, the bristles should only lightly flex. If you are using a roller and a brush, paint sections of the “cutting-in” around the edges with the brush first and then use the roller to fill in the gaps. Don’t do all your cutting-in first and then roll or else you may be left with a “picture-frame” effect!
When you’ve finished painting clean your stuff thoroughly or it will make for a tricky time when you do your second coat.
Painting gives you great arm muscles, fabulous new highlights (paint flecks) in your hair and most importantly can change the entire space for little money.
How cool are these neat tips?
And then when you’re done painting. Invite friends around and have a fab lunch.
Have you ever painted before? Did you make a mess of it or was it fabulous? Do you have any DIY painting tips you can share?
Have a fab weekend,
Main photo: This Old House