Get ready to transform! If your walls are in desperate need of a refresh but you aren’t sure where to start, here’s our step-by-step guide to getting your project completed. 

It can be overwhelming choosing a colour for your decorating project. If you are undecided, pick up some colour cards from your local decorator centre or order from your chosen paint manufacturers website and they will usually post out free of charge. Once you have picked up some tester pots, paint your samples on to white paper, sick on the wall with masking tape, then you can move them around your room to see how the lights affects the colour. 

Preparation

Before you start make sure have the following essentials ready to start your project, these are available instore or online from any decorator centre or paint manufacturer.

  • Walls and ceiling paint
  • Primer
  • Masking tape
  • Filler & filler knife
  • Paintbrushes
  • Rollers & tray
  • Sandpaper, various grit

Make sure you remove all valuables and breakables from your room ahead of starting and cover your large furniture and floors with dust sheets. Then you’re ready to go.

Step 1 – Make sure all your surfaces are prepared for the job to give you the best possible finish

Getting a smooth finish is key. Check the surface to make sure there is no  flaking paint, bumps, and holes. Use multipurpose filler for any cracks and holes. Let it dry, sand down the surface and seal with sealant if required. For flaking paint and bumps use a scraper to even the surface before sanding and sealing.

Step 2 – If your previous paint is satin or gloss it’s a good idea to rub the surface down with sandpaper

Help your paint stick to the wall by creating a ‘key’ on your surface. Gently rub down the surface with a fine sandpaper until it feels a little coarse.. Give everywhere a vacuum to remove as much dust as possible.

Step 3 – Clean your wall thoroughly to remove any dirt or dust.

Dilute some sugar soap or washing up liquid in a bucket of water – read the instructions on the product for exact measurements. Make sure you are wearing appropriate clothing, including gloves and goggles, as sugar soap can be an irritant.

Using an ordinary household sponge, wipe down all the surfaces you have prepared ready to paint. Make sure you refill your bucket & repeat the process with clean water. Allow it to dry thoroughly.

Step 4 – Cover switches, sockets and skirting boards with masking tape

If you are painting it a different colour to the ceiling or adjacent walls, run masking tape along the edges so you get a nice, clean finish.

Step 5 – All that preparation has paid off, you are now ready to paint

If you are painting over a darker colour first, use a primer before applying your colourful topcoat. We recommend a grey primer; this will help make it easier to cover.

Always make sure you have stirred the paint thoroughly in the tin before pouring in to your paint scuttle, you can do this with an old wooden spoon or similar. Spread the paint evenly across your surface with a roller, using the same diagonal W or M motion. Allow at least 2 hours drying time.

Bucket of dark purple paint and roller

Step 6 – Apply a second coat of your chosen colourful topcoat

We always recommend a minimum of two coats to get the right coverage, but check the manufacturers guidance.

Step 7 – Allow another 2-3 hours of drying time for your second coat

Your paint should be touch dry now so you can slowly and carefully remove your masking tape and tidy away your dust sheets. Clean up your brushes and rollers and you are ready to show off your newly transformed room.

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