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10 Things you should know before painting a room

By: Gideon |Time : September 24, 2017, 03:15:47 PM
One of the great things about painting a room is that it’s easy to do yourself.

“A simple lick of paint can transform an entire room. Whether you are revamping your home or preparing to place your house on the market, you have plenty to gain from refreshing your walls, says Craig Hutchison, CEO of Engel & Völkers Southern Africa.

Follow these quick tips for a professional finish.

1. Prep the walls
It might be tempting, but you can’t just crack the lid of the tin and start painting walls. In order to guarantee a smooth finish, it’s essential that you spare some time for prepping.

If there’s wallpaper, this means cleanly stripping it down. Then you’ll need to clean the walls, making sure they’re smooth and dry before even thinking about grabbing a paintbrush.

2. Measure the area
Painting walls and ceilings can use a surprising amount of paint. Most paint manufacturers give an accurate estimate of coverage on the back of the tin. This means if you measure the space before you buy, you should be able to accurately judge how much paint you need.

3. Assemble your equipment
Before you can get started painting walls, you’ll need to make sure you have the right equipment. Obviously this will depend on where you’re painting. However, a good place to begin is with a few brushes of various sizes, at least one roller, a tray, something to stir the paint with and some masking tape for clean lines.

4. Have cleaning products at the ready
No matter how careful you are with the paint, there’s always bound to be a spillage. The key here is to get to it before the paint dries. Having a cloth, some white spirit and some absorbent paper to hand is a huge help.

5. Protect everything
Cleaning products are great, but they’re not a guaranteed fix. The safest way to avoid stains is to protect everything you can.

Move the furniture into the centre of the room and cover with dust sheets. You can use newspaper to protect the floor.

6. Pick colours wisely
While repainting is always an option, it’s preferable to get the colour choice right the first time. Think carefully about your furniture and decorations, and match the shade accordingly.

7. Explore different finishes
Each colour will come in a number of different finishes, giving you yet another decision to make. Be sure to shop around to get some inspiration and wall painting ideas before selecting your tester pots.

8. Test the paint
Paint doesn’t always come out the way it looks on the tin. Use your tester pots to paint a small patch of wall before you do the whole room. Leave it up for a day so you can judge it in all different types of light before you commit.

9. Use primer
Some people are put off using a primer when repainting, but to skip this step would be a mistake. If you use a primer and an undercoat, life will be much easier when you get to the top coat.

10. Brush the tricky spots first
The bulk of your wall painting can be done at speed with a big roller, but the corners are usually fiddly. Do these areas with a brush before moving on to the large, open spaces and you’ll have a quality finish in no time.
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Re: 10 Things you should know before painting a room

By: Gideon |Time : September 24, 2017, 03:17:52 PM
Well,I am not a professional painter!.. :))... But carefully applying the above tips might save some money used to hire a painter to paint a house or room.

Re: 10 Things you should know before painting a room

By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : September 24, 2017, 04:31:33 PM
Well,I am not a professional painter!.. :))... But carefully applying the above tips might save some money used to hire a painter to paint a house or room.
the beauty of money saving tip like this

Re: 10 Things you should know before painting a room

By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : September 24, 2017, 04:35:30 PM
Some people can easily start up something in painting with this tip but someone like me require training. I am not so artistic. Any teacher in the house?

Re: 10 Things you should know before painting a room

By: Ramjoe (M) |Time : September 25, 2017, 12:54:15 AM
 :))
Some people can easily start up something in painting with this tip but someone like me require training. I am not so artistic. Any teacher in the house?

I know a guy...

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