Painting the walls is the fastest and most economical way to renovate and upgrade your home, so that you fall in love with your home again! However, about one in 10 people say they postpone painting because they do not know where to start.
So, we have prepared an easy-to-use to-do list with the basic tips, tools and tricks to achieve a professional result – whether you are painting for the first time or painting regularly.
You will need:
- The wall colors of your choice
- A roller and a tray
- A stirring blade for the paint
- Paper tape
- Plastic covers (for covering furniture and lamps)
- Cardboard (for covering the floor)
- A ladder (to get to those difficult points)
1. Choose a shade
The color of your walls has a huge impact on the overall look and feel of a room, so it is important to do it right.
Once you find the perfect shade, you can go to the product page and calculate exactly the quantity you need to buy.
2. Ready for the paper tape
Cover the sockets, frames, skirting board, ceiling frame and anything else you do not want to paint, with paper tape. Be sure to nail it to the pallets only on the back and two sides not the front.
3. Cover everything
It is a good idea to remove all the furniture from the room, but if this is not possible, then cover them with plastic covers or an old sheet. Plastic bags are an economical and easy way to protect things like luminaires.
Lay a piece of cardboard under the surface you are painting. Paint can splash your floor, no matter how careful you are.
4. Dust your walls
For an extremely smooth finish, it is important to dust your walls before you start painting the walls. A quick pass with a dry cloth is usually all that is needed. Pay attention to the corners on the ceiling, where there may be cobwebs.
This is also the right time to scrape irregularities from the surface of your wall and remove any old nails or screws, filling the gaps with trowel putty.
5. Start painting the walls
You do not need to normally use primer on walls that have already been painted, so you can open your buckets with wall paint. Dilute the wall paint according to the instructions on the package.
Mix your paint with the stirring blade and pour a little into the tray. Use the medium-sized brush to make the cuts, passing through the edges of the paper tape.
Use the roller to paint the rest of the surface. The key to achieving a smooth, even finish is not to over-load your brush or roller with paint.
Allow the first coat to dry and then apply the second coat. You may need a third coat if you are going to make a very large color change .
6. Remove the paper tape
While the paint on the wall is still fresh, carefully peel off the paper tape. If you allow the paint to dry, you run the risk of peeling off pieces of paint with the paper tape. If this happens, just correct these points with a small brush.
7. Take a step back and admire the result of your work!
That’s it! Now you have smooth, beautiful walls waiting to become the backdrop for the rest of your décor!
How to find the right color
Different colors suit different rooms, so the first step is to evaluate your space. If your room faces north and is often cold, bright colors in vibrant, clean shades will intensify the light and make it look warmer. If your room faces south, most colors are appropriate – even the darkest.
Consider using the room. Is it to eat, to work or to sleep? Use color to create the mood you want to achieve. Cool, calm, pale colors such as light green and water blue evoke calm, while intense, dark colors such as red and purple will stimulate the senses.
The magic of collage
Once you have chosen the colors, take samples of colors and fabrics that include different tones of your chosen shades. Use a flat surface or white cardboard as a background for the combination.
Organize and reorganize according to your desire. Take your time. Do not forget to take a few steps back and look at it from a distance. You will know when you did it.
Try it before you buy
Small one-liter color swatches are a great way to make sure the color you love looks just as good on your walls as it does on your collage.
Paint different spots in different lighting or hang a painted A4 paper on different walls to see how the colors look in natural and artificial light and at different times of the day.