Painting any part of your home can be a daunting task. Before starting your next painting job, check out our painting tips. Still need help? Let us do the work for you.
Selecting a colour
Paint may be the cheapest way to refresh a room but it certainly isn't the easiest thing to decide on. First, look at paint chips in artificial and natural light. Then, buy a quart of good quality paint. Mistakes with cheap paint will take more coats to cover. Test the chosen colour on a few three-by-three foot areas in the room. When the paint is dry, look at it in the morning, afternoon and evening to determine whether the colour works for you.
Take a look at the following colour charts for some inspiration
Strip the room, and cover any remaining furniture and the floor with dropcloths. For the best paint adhesion on well used, dirty, or common areas, wash walls, doors and trim with a light detergent solution, rinse well with a damp cloth and let dry thoroughly. Sand any glossy finishes, such as doors, window sashes and trim, and remove dust with a cloth. Sixty per cent of the work is proper preparation. Sanding and plastering are just as important as painting.
Spread compound (such as Drydex) over any bubbles or scaling paint, and smooth with a putty knife until flush with the surface. For gaps and cracks in trim and moulding, apply compound but use your finger to smooth, as you won't be able to sand in this area.
Don't forget to remove doorknobs, coverplates and ceiling-light rings for a clean paint job.
Priming and painting
For best results, always begin with a primer. Tinting the primer to the colour of your paint helps you to see what the colour is going to look like. If you don't like it you can change it with your finish coats.
With your windows open and a fan on, saturate a trim brush and "cut" a three-inch border on the ceiling along one wall. Fill in the ceiling near the border with a saturated roller, moving it in a "W" formation.
If you have a partner helping, one of you should cut, while the other rolls to maintain a wet edge for blending. Complete the entire ceiling before taking a break.
When the ceiling is dry (allow 24 hours) mask its edges with painter's tape, but make sure it is a good brand (such as Frog Tape), otherwise the paint will peel the paint away upon removal. Cut into the wall with your brush and roll to fill in. Always start rolling in the middle of the wall, not the top or the bottom, says Jerry. This way, any excess paint can be rolled out.
Next come the windows. Tape the edges and use a small brush with a small amount of paint. Complete the room by painting the doors with a three-inch brush, and the trim and baseboards with a two-inch trim brush. To save time on the doors, use a small roller to roll the paint on and then go over with the brush. Apply at least two coats of finish to all surfaces.
If you used an oil-based paint, first rinse brushes with solvent, then in soapy water until the water runs clear. (Do this outside with a hose, to avoid pouring solvent down the drain.) Latex paints don't need solvent. When dry, wrap brushes in heavy paper. If you're continuing to paint the next day with the same colours, you can wrap brushes and rollers in saran wrap and then put it in Ziploc bags. This will keep the paint wet until your next use (not recommended to leave it this way for more than a week).
For rollers, remove the covers and submerge in solvent. When they are clean, rinse them in detergent until water runs clear. Don't forget to wash the frame.