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Now that we have our ceiling finished, it is time to get decorating and painting our walls. Think of walls like a canvass to your unique style and personality or simply to create a calm or inspiring room. This is the first thing to identify before you start – how do you want your room to look and to make you feel? Remember you are not limited to a single colour, you can opt for complementary colours, contrasting colours, accent colours or whatever colour scheme suits your home and personal taste. And if you can’t find the exact colour you want, we can mix it for you using our inhouse Colour Match Service.
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1.First thing’s first – check the condition of your walls
If there are considerable flaws or signs of wear and tear you may need to do a bit of sanding and filing of any cracks and holes. We love Toupret ready mixed filler for an instant filler which is ready to paint on within 1-2 hours.
2.Work out how much paint you'll need
Measure your room prior to decorating. Multiply the height of each wall you will be painting by the width to work out the area. Subtract the area of any openings like windows, but remember that you will most likely need a little extra for wastage. An added step when calculating how much you'll need, times your room m2 size by 2 as you need to allow for two coats.
3.Think about the type of wall paint you want
Matt and flat matt paints: Matt Paints offer a matt finish, and are a great way to hide imperfections, and giving walls an even finish of colour.
Silk and soft sheen emulsion paints: Give a high or mid-sheen finish that is light reflecting for a bright and polished look. It is also an ideal choice for high-traffic areas where fingerprints are likely.
4.Now we are ready to put our plan into action:
Start by emptying the room of all furniture or push it all to the centre. Cover the floor and your furniture to avoid any paint splatter. We love Masq Tape and Drape as it takes out the middle-man by having tape attached to the edge of the dust sheet, working to eliminate taping difficulties with your dust sheet. Creating a sealed edge, the Masq Tape and Drape keeps your dust sheet in place as you paint, making sure that your room is clean and free from paint drips after your paint job is finished.
Using a cutting in brush to go around all your edges before changing to the roller. Make sure you have the correct roller for your types of walls - a shorter pile roller is perfect for using on smooth, new plaster whereas a longer pile roller works better for a more textured wall to get into all of the nooks and crannies. We love this pro finish combo set with the perfect pile for all surfaces. Cut in before you start rolling up and down gently moving across the wall one wall at a time so your cutting in doesn't dry too much and leave a frame around the wall. Once the walls are covered, leave for 4-6 hours to dry, depending on room temperature.
5. Finally (the most important bit we think)
Make yourself a well-earned cuppa (or beer) and proudly admire your handy work you DIY warrior you!
For any more advice on how to paint your walls, don’t hesitate to contact us on social media or contact the store directly.