Decorator holding a painting roller and painting a wooden surface, work tools and swatches at bottom.

How to: paint walls

If you’re like me then you are more than happy to pick up a paint brush and start painting walls. Here are my top tips for how to paint walls that will give you that professional look, no matter which room you are painting. These tips are great if you are using a paint brush or a roller.

What you’ll need

  • 1″ inch paint brush
  • 3″ inch paint brush
  • A paint roller and tray
  • Old clothes
  • Masking tape
  • Dust sheets or newspapers
  • Rubber band
  • Your choice of paint

Step 1 – Choose your paint
Decide what type of paint finish you are using, is it a

  • matt
  • satin
  • eggshell
  • semi-gloss
  • gloss

I love matt paints, as they give a soft matt look and great for covering little imperfections on a wall. Gloss paints will give you a shine and are great for skirting and doors and perfect for keeping scuff marks at bay. Though depending on what you are doing, sometimes only a gloss will do.

Step 2 – Prepare it
Cover your floors with dust sheets or old newspapers. Use the masking tape to cover the top of skirting boards or areas you don’t want paint to cover. Get out old clothes or buy a paint suit from a DIY store, you will thank yourself when you don’t get paint on your new jeans.

Step 3 – Edge it
This step is important if you want to have your walls looking good. Take a 1″ brush, your paint and paint along the top of walls, around sockets, around doors and along the top of skirting boards. Paint an edge around anything that you want to see a nice clean sharp line. Be careful to not paint over on the edge that you need to keep clean of paint. This will also help when you come to paint using a roller.

Step 4 – Paint it
Now that you have edged your walls, you can paint the rest of the wall with a roller or a brush. Take a section and paint from top to bottom. Do this around the whole room. Remember to not overload your paint brush or roller with too much paint.

Step 5 – Finish
Now that you’ve done one coat, this is where you decide if you want to do another. This is up to you and how the wall takes the paint. If you decide to not do another coat, then check your walls for any patches that need touching up and give it a light sand, this will make the finish smoother. Stand back and admire your handy work.

Tip – the above steps are perfect to follow if you are painting a ceiling. If you’re painting the whole room, do the ceiling first.

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