How to paint a room

decorators_colour_completeWhether you have just moved in and want to make your house your home or you decide you need to redecorate then these painting tips will make the job much easier.

On average a medium room 12 x 12 will take 4-5 hours after the base layers, and top layers are complete. However, the painting cannot take place until you have moved or covered the furniture, taped the edges and painted the trim. All in all a very long day which no one has time for these days especially if you have a young family. Colours Complete can take all the hassle out of this task and save you buying all the equipment needed. Colours Complete can be in and out of your house with no mess in the time it takes you to spend a relaxing day with the family.

To give you an idea about how Colours Complete can paint your rooms we have given a little insight below:

What you will need?

Paint Brushes – small, medium, and large Roller and tray – as many as the number of colours. Protective sheets – to protect floors and furniture from paints Masking tape Cleaning equipment. Preparation is the most important step before you start painting.

Preparation steps

1. Cover up: Protect the floor, and any furniture, from splatters and spills. Do not use plastic covers on the floor as this can cause the ladder to slip. Use fabric drop cloths instead.

2. Start fresh: Walls need to be cleaned first to ensure the paint has a good base on which to adhere. Dust the walls and then wipe the walls down with a wet cloth.

3. Mask areas and remove sockets: Remove outlet and light-switch covers, and tape off any areas you don’t want painted — such as window frames — with masking tape it makes a crisp line and doesn’t let paint bleed through.

4. Prime the wall: Typically, painting over a dark wall with a light colour (or covering stains) requires a coat of primer and two coats of paint — and at least six hours of drying time.

Choosing your paint – what type?

Paint is either alkyd (oil based) or acrylic (water based). For interior applications the standard recommendation is acrylic paint for its quick drying time, easy clean up and minimal toxicity during application. The only exception is if the wall has been previously painted with an oil base. Acrylics paints do not adhere well and will often cause cracking and peeling after decorating.

To determine if the existing coat of paint is oil or water based – Apply a touch of mineral spirits on some out of the way space on your wall. Acrylics will be unaffected. The alkyd will dissolve.

Always read the manufacturer guidelines on all paints.

Painting the Room – Step by Step

Step 1 – Make sure windows are open to circulate fresh air. All paint is toxic, to some degree. Consider a mask and goggles as well.

Step 2 – Stir the paint to get an even consistency.

Step 3 – If you are painting the ceiling, start there. Start with edges and then, using an extension bar, finish the rest of the surface. This will be easier than using a ladder as it is hard to paint evenly.

Step 4 – Dip the brush into the paint up to 1/3 of the brushes bristles. Tap – don’t scrape the excess paint off the brush.

Step 5 – Hold the brush like a pencil when applying the paint to the wall, to avoid a tired wrist. When painting around windows and trim, blend the paint out as you move away from the trim.

Step 6 – Finish the large surfaces with a roller. Roll the roller into the paint tray until the paint covers all sides without dripping. Begin applying on wall using a “W” type pattern. Go over the wall again with long floor to ceiling finishing strokes to even out the application.

Step 7 – If touch ups need to be done, give the paint 24 hours to dry.

Paint is the most affordable way to dramatically change the look of any room. By applying these painting steps to your living space will ensure a result that you will be delighted with.

Before you finish

Rinse your paintbrush and roller under a tap until the water runs clear. Pour the tray’s leftover paint back into the can; seal the paint tin tightly by placing a paper towel over the lid and tapping the lid edges with a hammer. Rinse the tray. Once the brush’s bristles are totally dry, slip the brush back into its original paper wrapper to keep the bristles from fanning out.

You can remove splatters of paint off with a cloth and scrape off dried drips with a credit card. Pull the masking tape off at an angle to avoid smudging the paint.

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