15 Feb DIY guide to painting walls
One of the easiest ways to transform a room is to give the walls a lick of paint.
Today we’re bringing you a DIY guide to painting walls, so you can save money and create the look you’ve always desired.
Revamping your house should be fun, so grab a few of your mates, don your overalls, crank up the music and have a paint party!
Preparation is key to successful painting
– If you’re painting on dry plaster, regardless of how old it is, all you have to do is make sure you fill in any small cracks and dust the surface down beforehand.
– Use multi-purpose filler for small cracks and dents.
– Before painting onto new plaster, allow sufficient time for it to dry, usually between two and seven days.
– You must remove old wallpaper before you paint. The easiest way to do this is with a steam stripper. You should then wash the walls to remove all paste residues.
Nowadays there are many different types of paint available, so finding the right one for your wall surface is easy.
Often they are pre-mixed too, so you won’t even require a primer before you start to paint.
We like to keep things interesting, so we’ve come up with some tips for painting stripes and stencilling walls – you’ll be surprised how easy it is to create impressive looking walls.
Snazzy Stripes make a Room stand out
Painting is a much cheaper way of decorating than using wallpaper. Re-create your own version of this unique looking striped boy’s bedroom from myhomerocks.com
You will need:
Water-based acrylic emulsion paints in contrasting colours
White paint, if your wall already has a colour
Standard paint roller and tray
Small paint roller
Metal measuring tape
Low tack masking tape
Step 1. Preparation
Paint the wall white first to cover up a previous bold wall colour and help prevent this from showing through. Once dry, paint the wall in the main colour using a standard paint roller and leave to dry. Mark out the stripes, using the measuring tape to divide the wall into horizontal bands, each a different width. Mark with a pencil line and use a spirit level to check they’re straight. Apply masking tape to the wall to mark out the area where you need to paint, like in this photo from iheartorganizing.blogspot.co.uk.
Step 2. Paint & Finish
Paint the contrasting colours using a smaller roller to fill in the stripes. It’s important not to put too much paint on the roller at once, to avoid the colour bleeding under the masking tape. If necessary, apply a second coat of colour and leave to dry. Only when the second coat is completely dry can you carefully peel off the masking tape. The result should be neatly striped walls.
Once you’ve finished painting the room, you can start to choose furniture. Striped walls call for more neutral and plain furniture to avoid the room looking too busy. Pick out one of the colours from the wall and choose accessories and furnishings to match. This will tie the room together and make it look complete.
Are you thinking about painting your own walls? If you have any questions, let us know and we will help you out!