If you have decided to paint your room by yourself, you need to know that this is not a superficial job, which means that you only have to cross the walls several times over.
Good preparation, a lot of time and appropriate tools are required.
It is also very important to follow a certain procedure to make sure that you won’t get a room that is messy or even worse, covered everywhere with spots of colours.
Create a Vision
Firstly, while you are in the room you have chosen to paint, make notes about ideas connected with potential colour, style, windows, lighting, decoration, and equipment, estimate the situation, then make a detailed plan and checklist of materials.
If you are familiar with computers, you can try to make digital photos of space and then enter the desired colour into the photo program. In that case, you won’t have to imagine anything because you will be able to see how the colours will look on the walls there.
This step includes measurements taking (both the width and the height) of each wall. You have to multiply them in order to get the square that you need to paint, but do not forget to take away the window and door surface.
Estimate how many colours will be necessary for each surface, and just buy a little more for each case.
Get the Painting Supplies, Tools and Wall Treatments
The very next step is to prepare the proper painting gears, prep materials and everything else you need for painting beforehand.
Here are mentioned just some of the things you will need for the job such as paint trays, rollers, and refills, small brushes, plaster, cleaning products, colour applicators, protective foil, primers, sandpapers, do-everything ladder, painter’s tape, wiping cloths, etc. It is not always easy to run into the store in the middle of work with paint that has not yet dried up!
Clean Up a Room for Painting
Get out of the room everything you can take out and cover pieces of furniture you can’t or don’t want to bring out.
If you leave some furniture in the room, you must be very careful with it. The paint drops down so everything that lies beneath your working should be removed forth or completely covered.
The paint can also be sprayed aside while swinging the tool, or if you are painting too vigorously. Consider that the threaded zone is at least two meters horizontally from the surface that have to be painted.
With the help of a handyman, you can remove locks, handles, the door hinges, electrical outlets, and switches, smoke detectors, bells which you don’t want to mask.
It is required to clean the dust from the room. You don’t want to fall on freshly applied paint because it will make ugly bulges.
Preparing the Walls
Before you start painting, you should remove the old paint or the wallpapers if there are any, correct the unevenness, fill the holes, and cracks, and wash all the walls. Let them dry and smooth out the surface with the sandpaper lastly.
If you have mould, remove it with a mixture of varicose and water (50% each), then rinse it with plain water. Some moulds can be very dangerous, so it is recommended to use the mask. Ensure that the room is kept dry to prevent future mould build-up. Some paints are resistant to mould and others are advertised just for removing the stain.
The Painting Itself
At the very beginning, read the colour packing instructions to know how much it will take to get dry. This will also help you to find out how much you will need to do the job in order to organize it appropriately. Put a protective tape on the edges of what you don’t want or just can’t rotate (cabinets, windows, carpentry, floor, ceiling, for example).
Finally, you can apply a base!
A primer is required if you paint areas that have not been painted before, or if you have to deal with early unpainted wood, metal, float, cork, ink, crayons, streaks, or even old paint. It will solidify the surface and provide a layer to which the new paint will stick steady.
Paints containing water or oils won’t stick to a substrate that has no basis.
The white base is a good idea when you paint a lighter colour over the dark one. Probably the primer will not be necessary when you deal with repainting if the previous colour of the same type is not too much older.
But in the situation when you are not sure what to do, definitely use the primer-sealer. Some paints can also be used as the basis, even though that might not save time because it depends on the number of layers required.
Now you can start painting. Remember always to work from the top down when painting, which helps you to see and correct drips or runs as you go. If you decided to paint the whole room, first paint the ceiling, then the walls.
Apply as many layers as needed to make the surface look nice.
Tidying Up the Working Space
Wash all used brushes and rollers, as well as all other tools, and then clean the entire room from dust and possible residual paint on the floor and woodwork. Wait until the coloured surface is completely drained and dried before removing the protective foil.
Return the furniture to the place and fully enjoy your newly renovated and refreshed room.
Without any doubt any able-bodied homeowner can paint his or her room(s) – all that is needed are a little patience, practice and some helpful advice.