5 DIY home painting tips for the perfect finish

We’ve all been stuck staring at the same four walls recently. As the UK moved towards its final stage of unlocking, many of us will be excited about welcoming friends and family back into our homes.

If you’re feeling that your walls are looking a little tired after 18 months of being contained by them, why not give them a fresh coat of paint and a new lease of life?

The power of fresh paint

Painting your home can be a time-hungry task, but it has many benefits. You can change the whole feel of rooms, modernise your home to meet your tastes, and get your house ready to sell if you’re planning a move.

Tips for the perfect finish

If you’re planning on repainting a room, or even your whole home, here are our top five tips for the perfect finish.

Use high-quality paint

The better quality the paint is that you buy, the better your finish will be. It is also important to get the right finish such as matte, gloss, satin or eggshell.

Remember to consider the room you’re painting too. Certain paints will be specifically designed to manage with the environmental factors in each room. For example, bathroom paint is designed to deal with more moisture than others.

Clean and smooth the wall

Before you start painting, make sure you clean your walls of any dust, dirt and debris. Use neutral soap and a clean cloth to clean your walls. Then, let them dry and give them a wipe with a microfibre cloth to clear any excess lint.

Use sandpaper to smooth out any rough patched on your wall. This will give you a smooth even finish when you paint your walls.

Mark up clean edges

Painter’s tape is a fantastic tool for getting straight edges when you paint. It is also great for keeping baseboards clean and paint free as you paint your wall.

Sharp, clean edges will give your walls a polished look when they’re finished.

Start with corners and edges

With a hand brush, paint your corners and edges first. These areas are harder to reach with rollers and brushes give you greater control to “cut in” to hard-to-reach areas.

Be sure to use a high-quality small or medium sized brush for the best results.

Keep it consistent with rollers

Rollers give a clean and consistent look to your paint work. Make sure you are rollering in wide strokes and cover the entire surface area of your wall.

Let your paint dry completely and then check it over. If there are any regularities you can smoot them away and do another coat before you finish with a perfectly painted wall.

 

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