Our tried and tested, foolproof guide to DIY painting
Professional painters can be expensive, but they're a good investment for those who aren't experienced at painting and are looking at doing up a home. Most of us think that we can give it a go - how hard can painting be? But there's a big difference between a professional and an amateur job, one that we don't want noticeable in our own homes.
So lucky for you, we've done our fair share of DIY paint jobs and to tell you the truth, we started out pretty shabby. But, over the years with each attempt we've got better and better and we now have what we believe is the perfected DIY painting job.
There's just two stages, but in each of the stages you have to do every step or it won't be quite right. So give our method a go and tell us, did it work for you?
Stage One: Prepare
- Remove all hardware from the room. This includes door knobs, switches, lighting fixtures, curtain fixtures and so forth.
- Fill all holes, chips and dents with a filling product. Selleys Spakfilla or a similar product will do the job nicely.
- Sand your filling work smooth so it’s perfectly in line with the wall surface. Using a small piece of sandpaper by hand is best for this.
- Still using the sandpaper by hand, check the entire surface for any major lumps or bumps and sand those smooth.
- Give the entire surface a light sand to smooth it out and bring up a fresh surface.
- Then, using a sugar soap type of product, wash the surfaces twice to remove any dirt and dust.
- Line the floor edges where they meet the walls with masking tape to protect the floor.
Stage Two: Paint
- Before you paint, wet your brush or roller thoroughly. This way, the paint won’t stick, it will last much longer and it will be much easier to wash out so your brush and roller can be used again.
- When you are coating the paintbrush or roller, make sure all edges and sides of the tool are evenly coated.
- When it’s time to actually put paint to surface, paint in downward strokes, carefully edging any corners and skirting boards.
- When the first coat is completely dry, give the area a very, very light sand by hand.
- Repeat the first coat with a second coat.
And that should be it! It’s not difficult, but if you skip the preparation or take short cuts, you will get caught out with a dodgy paint job - and nobody wants that. Do you have any tips to share with other DIY painters? What lessons have you learnt?