As any expert will tell you, preparation is the key to a good finish so make sure you spend plenty of time doing the mundane tasks before you begin adding colour. It’s a good idea to remove as much furniture from the room as possible to give yourself plenty of space to work comfortably. Any items that can’t be removed should be covered with dust sheets to prevent paint splashes and damage. Try a Polythene Backed Cotton Twill Dust Sheet that will last many times over to provide more than adequate protection; far better than a plastic one that can be slippery.
Of course, there’s far more pointers than just these, however, and we’ve teamed up with Orbital Fasteners to bring you their top tips!
Ensure Surfaces Are In Good Condition
Surfaces to be decorated need to be in good sound condition before adding another layer of paint in order to prevent peeling and flaking, so take plenty of time to either strip the old paint off by using a blow lamp or use a good quality paint stripper if you prefer. Remember to also remove any old nails and fill in cracks with a suitable filler which will need smoothing over when dry.
Make Sure You Line Your Walls
If you’re planning on hanging wallpaper make sure the walls are reasonably smooth. Lining paper is always a good idea if the walls aren’t perfect and can cover up a multitude of imperfections. Remember flaky or powdery surfaces perform much better when given a coat of diluted PVA Bonding Adhesive. Just apply with a large brush and allow to dry before proceeding with the paper hanging.
Start Painting The Ceiling
When painting start with the ceiling as it can be difficult to prevent splashes to other newly painted walls. Next do the “cutting in” jobs such as around light switches, skirting boards and corners before applying an undercoat to the woodwork. When dry you can then move on to painting any walls or hanging the paper. Once the walls are finished you can then add a final top coat to the woodwork to complete your room.