So you are thinking of painting your house?
It’s probably going to be a lot easier than you think. Just do some research, get all the necessary supplies ready, cover any furniture and floors inside the house or bushes and walkways outside and you are ready to go.
Cotton drop cloths are better than plastic. They are more expensive, but they don’t move and need taping to the floor, they soak up the drips, but with plastic the drip stay wet on the floor, and it’s very easy to walk through them and track paint through the house.
Painting outside is pretty much the same as painting inside, you just need to use the materials specified for the surface or environment that you are working in. Always buy quality paint, don’t skimp on the price, and take advice from your local paint centre. The extra cost will be well worth it in the long run, as the colours will last longer, and the paint will be more durable meaning a re-paint won’t be required as quickly.
Take time with the preparation
Use a good de-greaser /cleaner to any dirty areas on walls on woodwork. Fresh paint cannot adhere to greasy surfaces, and will peel when dry. Thoroughly clean using a degreaser designed for the job to be sure of the perfect surface for painting.
Sand all wood trim before painting to remove grease and rough spots. Fill holes and dints in walls, and when dry, apply a coat of primer. This stops the paint soaking in to the filler and showing as dull spots on the finished wall. Use the same type of roller to prime the patches so that the finished coat will have the same texture throughout.
Where to start
Always start by painting the wood trim first. Don’t worry too much about getting paint on the walls as you will be covering that later. Remember to protect the floor though with painters tape which you remove when dry. Continue by painting the ceiling next then the walls.
Before painting the walls, apply tape to your newly painted but dry wood trim. After painting simply remove the tape for the perfect edge. When painting the edges of the walls edge using the same type of roller that you will use for the rest of the walls for that consistent finished texture.
This is important. Always mix your 1 gallon paint cans together in a 5 gallon bucket. This eliminates the problem of mixed batches of paint and differences in colour throughout the wall. You can then just drop a roller screen into the bucket and charge the roller that way. It’s a much quicker and easier way to paint than using a roller tray.
Also a quick word about those new fangled pressure charged roller systems and home spraying devices. My advice; stick to the old fashioned roller. If the new systems were that good professionals would already be using them. You can find that you spend more time fiddling with the device than actually painting.
Use a telescopic roller handle
These handles save so much work! On the walls, roller the full height of the wall each time, keeping a wet edge, so that the next strip blends perfectly with the first. Just go slowly and keep going until you reach the end.
On large areas such as ceilings, you will not be able to cover the whole length in a single stroke the way that you can on the walls, so as the roller dries out between dips into the bucket, just feather the edges, so that you dont leave a hard edge to dry, that way when you get back to that area the paint will blend leaving no visible edges.
When you get around to applying a second coat on the ceiling, paint in the opposite direction, this helps to get rid of any tracking marks that you might have left behind on the first coat.
If this is your first time decorating inside or painting outside of your house, the best advice is to take your time, do plenty of research, get everything that you will need together and try to enjoy the experience.
When it is finished, just imagine the sense of pride you will have in seeing a job well done; a job that you did yourself.