Painting a wall is one of the easiest and most affordable ways of updating any room. What’s more, households don’t have to get professionals in to do an aesthetically pleasing job of it. Phillipa Pawson, marketing director of Harris Brushes has shared how to get “better results” yourself in just four “easy” steps.
She said: “When tackling the daunting yet exciting task of redecorating the home, the walls naturally become a key focus and can have a huge impact on the overall aesthetic of your room.
“Here’s how to paint a wall smoothly and efficiently to deliver better results than you ever thought possible.
“These easy-to-follow wall painting tips will ensure a flawless finish for your walls every time.”
Step one: Prepare the area
When it comes to painting or repainting walls, preparation is key. Be sure to remove all furniture from the room and lay down a dust sheet to ensure the room is suitably protected.
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The expert said: “We always recommend taping the dust sheet down with some masking tape to guarantee secure coverage.”
Step two: Assess and fix any wall damages
Once the floor is protected, households need to assess the walls for damage, in order to paint the wall “smoothly and effortlessly”, claimed Phillipa.
She said: “One of the most crucial steps in wall painting tips in our guide is to fix any cracks or holes you may find by sanding and cleaning imperfections with sugar soap to make sure your paint applies beautifully.”
Now that the surface is prepared, tape can be applied to mask off areas of detail such as skirting boards, door frames, window sills or architraves.
Step three: Paint the edges of the wall using “cutting in method”
“Cutting in” is a well-known term, often used by professional decorators. It refers to the action of painting around the edges of a room, a light switch, a skirting board and more with high accuracy.
The expert said: “Begin by shaking a new unopened paint tin, then open and stir the paint if necessary.
“Be sure to use the correct amount of paint and don’t over-saturate your brush to avoid unwanted dripping.
“When you start to paint around the edges of your wall, we recommend working in one metre segments to ensure seamless results.”
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Start with the smallest paintbrush you have to make precision painting easier than ever. These tend to have a very fine wide tip, perfect for cutting in and projects that require more intricacy.
Place the tip with the long edge against the narrow area you’d like to paint and pull the paint along that area, then paint a little higher using the brush as normal.
Aim to have about a five to 10cm painted area around the edge that’s being cut in to prevent time-consuming mistakes. Once confident with this technique households can cut in without using any masking tape, or you can switch to a bigger paint brush for faster painting.
Once a one metre segment has been cut in, switch to a roller. Load the roller with paint and place it on the wall about a foot away from the section that’s just been cut in.
Phillipa instructed: “Roll in a light W motion towards the painted area, overlapping with the brushed area as much as possible without touching any edges. This will give you a very fine rolled finish to the edge of your wall, removing the framing effect.”
Step four: Paint the wall
Now it’s time to paint the wall using a roller for “fast, powerful coverage”. The expert said: “Its large surface area and soft fluffy roller material is ideal for painting large areas quickly.”
Load the roller and place it on the wall about one meter away from the nearest painted edge and roll towards the painted edge and back again in a slight W motion, using the pole to cover a larger segment of the wall without the need to bend and stretch.
Repeat this process of loading the roller, placing one metre away and rolling into the area you have painted. Phillips added: “Known as the wet edge technique, this method allows you to paint faster while saving paint and providing an enviable finish.”
Post source: Express