Explore our guide to decorating in order if you've ever attempted to apply ceiling paint following a session of painting walls.
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You've decided on the colour scheme for the walls, gathered all the necessary supplies, and are prepared to start painting. The only issue is knowing where to begin. There's no need to panic or call painting expert. Just keep in mind how much you can save by doing it yourself! Instead, use our comprehensive decorating instructions to quickly complete the procedure. By painting the walls in the proper order, you may eliminate any potential problems. And best of all, it's far simpler than you may imagine.
Start with the ceiling paint in step one.
Always aim high, so begin your decorating endeavour from the ceiling and work your way down. By doing this, you'll prevent those annoying drips from getting on freshly painted surfaces. Try a paint like Magic White Matt emulsion, which fades from pink to white in about an hour, to make it really simple and ensure you don't miss a place. Cleaning, patching, and sanding the ceiling should come first. Then, cover your fixtures to protect them with masking tape and get ready to paint your ceiling.
It is preferable to paint around your fixtures before "cutting in," or tracing around the ceiling line. Consider employing a roller pole when you're prepared to move to the larger space so you won't have to spend as much time on a step ladder or stretch your body into uncomfortable positions. Place your roller by a window in the corner, then extend out from there. Once it has dried, you may apply a second coat, take off the masking tape, and stand back to take in your brand-new ceiling.
Step 2: Painting the Walls
Right now, you can essentially be considered an expert and are more than prepared to advance. Use Easycare for a coating that repels stains and makes it simple to wipe away those unavoidable spills to guarantee they stay in great shape for years to come. Or, if you need to finish the task quickly, consider brushing Once Matt to get the ideal finish with only one coat. The initial steps are to clean the walls, take down any window coverings, and tape off any fixtures, just as you would when painting the ceiling. Before sanding your walls, look for holes and cracks, plug them up, and allow them to dry.
Start painting at the top and use a paintbrush to cut in around the edges of the wall and your fixtures. When it comes time to load up your roller, aim for around three feet each because it is simplest to work with small portions of wall at once. After that, paint in a zigzag pattern vertically. Making a "W" pattern with your first upward push of the roller might allow the paint on the roller to be distributed more evenly. Once you've filled in each tiny section of the pattern without pausing to reload, move on to the next one to finish creating your masterpiece.
Paint the windows, doors, and skirting boards in the third step.
The window and door frames as well as the skirting boards are the final decorating steps. It's preferable to paint the skirting last unless you're wallpapering a wall to lessen the chance that your brush may pick up dust or carpet fibres. Use Light+Space Quick Dry Satinwood on wood and metal surfaces to reflect light and provide the impression of space and brightness.
To give the paint a full day to cure before you lock up the house in the evening, start with your windows and doors first thing in the morning. All trim requires a similar procedure; first, you must brush the surface clean, and then use Polycell to patch any cracks or nail holes. When the excess has been removed, wait for it to dry completely before gently sanding it back. Next, tape off your wall to protect it before dipping your brush into the skirting board paint to protect your wall. Sand it back when the first coat has dried, remove any dust, and then use the second coat. I'm done now! Do you desire a demonstration of the procedure?
Paint test tubes
Now that you have a step-by-step wall painting tutorial, you may think everything seems simple enough. But what if you're still having trouble picking the proper colours? Try out your ideas before you make a decision as this is the easiest method to stop second-guessing yourself. The solution is tester pots, which allow you to paint a few sample swatches and evaluate their appearance before deciding to purchase the entire paint tin. Testers are available for purchase online with free 30-ml delivery, in Decorator Centers, and in reputable neighborhood hardware stores.
You're now ready to pick up your go-to manual for painting, decorating, and finishing your walls, trims, and ceilings, with complete faith in the quality of the results. You can do this.