Preparing your home ready to paint

Preparing your home ready for painting

Knowing how to paint your house is vital before you commence!

As with all jobs, if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing properly and as Benjamin Franklin once said ‘by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail’. This quote couldn’t be truer than when it comes to preparing your home ready for painting.

Preparing to paint internal wall:

Before you start decorating your room, there are lots of decision to be made. The simplest being what colour do you choose for the walls, right through to what tools you use to apply the paint. Making these decision in advance, will help make your decorating project easier and should eliminate any common decorating disasters!

Choosing the right colour and finish

The colour you choose to paint your walls is a personal choice and what’s right for some may not be right for others. If you want to know how to paint your house in order to sell on, its’ advisable to keep your colour choice as neutral as possible. In theory, the blanker the canvas, the easier it should be to sell!

Struggling to visualise what ‘burnt-orange’ or ‘Tuscan-blue’ would look like on your bedroom or living room walls? There are lots of great visualising tools available to bring your ideas to life before you commit to buy. One of our favourites is the Dulux Visualizer App which is free to download and simple to use!

Once you have whittled your colour choice down to the final few, it’s sensible to purchase some sample pots to trial on the wall. Sometimes a colour that looks great in the store might not look so great on your wall due to lighting and natural shadows.

So, you’ve chosen the colour but what about the finish? With so many options to choose from including matt, eggshell, semi-gloss or satin, finding the right finish for your room can feel like a minefield.

Each finish comes with its own set of pros and cons depending on the type of room you are painting. If you are unsure which finish is right for your project, speak to advisor in your local store who should be able to help you make the right choice.

Buying the right amount of paint for space

Buying the right amount of paint for your decorating project can save you lots of hassle in the long run.  If you buy too much, you’re wasting money but if you don’t buy enough, you have the hassle of going back to the store and the possibility that the store has ran out of your desired colour. Depending the type of paint you decide to buy to may only require one coat, however, some thinner paints will require two coats, so this must be taken into account when calculating the amount of paint you need to buy.

Preparing the wall ready to paint

Preparing your room ready to paint tends to be the most important job when redecorating.

One of the first things to do when preparing your home ready for painting is to prepare the walls. Wall surfaces must be clean, dry and free from dust and grease. For most surfaces, you can use a towel or a vacuum cleaner to remove dust and clean.

Use a paint scraper to remove any flaking paint from the walls.  Fill any cracks, holes or imperfections with filler. If using filler, make sure this is completely dry before sanding down. Your surfaces are now ready to paint!

Protect your floor and furniture

Ideally, you should remove all furniture from the room you are painting, however, if space is an issue, cover your furniture with dust sheets to protect from paint spills.

You will also need to protect the floor. Dust sheets can be used to protect hard flooring like laminate, but if you have carpets, you should probably opt for a non-absorbent material like plastic sheeting.

Top tips from the painting professionals:

Got some paint on the floor
Baby wipes are super effective of removing paint from most hard surfaces. Give a go, you’ll be amazed by the results!

Remember to protect yourself
Wear safety goggles and older clothes in case the paint splatters.

Quick way to clean up
If using a roller, line your paint tray with foil. This way, when you’re finished painting, you can simply remove the foil lining and throw away. No mess, no hassle!

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