A Guide to Painting Your Home
The walls in your home are like an art canvas. Its colours are a reflection of your personality and can influence your mood. Instead of hiring help to paint your wall, save money and have fun painting the walls yourself!
Here is a simple guide to get you started.
1. Protect your floor
Before you start painting your walls to give your home a fresh look, line the floor with some Plastic Drop Cloth. It will protect your flooring against any paint spills or splashes. Remember to tape the Drop Cloth to the floor using masking tape.
If you have existing furniture, it would be best to move them elsewhere to keep the room free from obstacles. If relocating them is not an option, do wrap them in plastic to prevent paint from getting on to them.
2. Tape over
Cover wall sockets, switches, and the edge of the wall skirting with masking tape. Make sure to wrap around the fixtures. It will save you time if you have to remove stray drops of paint from them afterwards.
3. Scrape off existing paint
If you have painted your wall previously, resist the urge to just simply paint over it. Old paint may eventually flake, especially if there are any existing cracks or paint peeling, and you would not want to ruin the new coat of paint.
You can remove the paint by using a scraper or chemical paint removers. Remember to use a scraper on drywall, else you might damage it. If you have the time, sand the walls with fine grit sanding paper. This will give you a smooth surface to work with.
4. Filling holes and gaps
Fill any hairline cracks or holes with Joint Compound. Leave the compound to dry depending on the directions provided. After it dries, use fine grit sand paper and make sure the surface is smooth.
5. Cleaning the walls
Once you have fixed the walls, clean it using with a wet cloth and detergent. The paint will not stick to your wall if it is too dirty or greasy.
6. Prime the wall
Primers are one of the most important items into getting that perfect wall finish. Not only does it ensure that your paint colour is even and lasts over time, it can also help to seal the wall or prevent mould. If you had decided not to scrape the wall, a primer is useful if you want to paint a light colour over a darker colour.
It is finally time to start painting! To get that perfect wall colour, you will need to apply 2 coats of paint.
Start by painting the edges with a small brush. Then use a roller to paint the interior portion of the wall. Lastly let the first coat dry completely before applying the second coat.
If you have not decided on your wall colour, check out our earlier article on how colours can affect your mood and some suggestions for room colours. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook if you have any ideas on DIY-ing your home.
By Benjamin Chew
July 12, 2017
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