Room painting for dummies
Painting a room yourself can seem like a daunting task, especially in India, where we’re used to hiring painters to do the job. However its sometimes hard to get hold of a painter when you want a small task done like painting just one wall. Room painting can be fun if you have the basics right. Here’s a guide to painting room walls yourself and having a good time while you’re at it:
Think through all the things you’ll need in advance: Make a list of everything you’ll need in advance – sandpaper, masking tape, brushes, primer, paint and cloth to cover everything. It will be hard for you to dash across to the hardware store in the middle of a paint job.
Choose room paint: Choose your room paint carefully. Remember that light colours make a space look bigger and dark colours make it look smaller. Buy paint depending on your budget, decor and personality.
Cover everything in the room: Cover furniture like tables and beds so that the paint doesn’t splatter on them. Cover doors with newspaper and knobs with cellophane. Make sure you have a huge cloth to cover the floor. Use masking tape if you like, to keep the cloth in place. Most importantly, use masking tape to cover tricky edges like door frames, switchboards and windows panes. It is hard not to get the paint on to these, and it will take forever to get it off.
Smooth the walls down: Make the walls smooth by sandpapering any undulating patches. Remove all nails and fill in the holes with a sealing material like M-seal. Remove any chipping old paint with a paint scraper.
Use primer: Its best to always use primer before you begin to start painting room walls. It will seal off any moisture. This will also make sure that your paint comes on more easily and adheres better.
Use a roller brush: If you’re eager to paint room walls or ceilings quickly and easily, it’s best to use a roller brush instead of a traditional brush. It’s hard to go wrong with this sort of brush and therefore even if you’re making your interior painting debut, you’ll do well. The best way to use them is to paint in zig zag patterns – i.e. make a ‘W’ or an ‘N’ with the brush and then fill in the patches without lifting the brush. Paint as many coats as needed.
Following these simples rules to paint room walls and ceilings will soon seem like child’s play to you. Be brave and go ahead with painting a room without worrying about going wrong.