In one of the most exciting developments in our renovation to date, we are nearly finished our painting. I say nearly finished, however we still have the kitchen area and Library to go. The Library is going to take Builder hubby and I a good week to do, with all it’s ins and outs, but it will be fantastic when finished.
Painting is an area where clients often choose to save money by doing the job themselves. This is something we encourage at Fernbrooke Homes, it is our belief that the client should be able to save where they are able. Painting is a relatively simple job and even someone who has never done it before can do a great job with some expert advice. Here are our five top tips to help you get the best result.
- Preparation, when painting existing walls, it is essential to wash the walls down with warm water with a little sugar soap. The sugar soap will wash away all the oils from the surface. All little holes must be filled, if painting VJs as we have done, be sure to silicone in between each of the joins, this creates a clean, gap free finish. (next week I will post a step by step guide on sealing in between VJs) Take the time to tape up windows to minimise the clean up after you are finished. Sand back any gloss paint with a good sanding pad purchased for that purpose.
- Tools, it cannot be said enough, how important it is to use quality paint brushes. Good quality paint brushes will not loose hair all over your wall, using the right size for the job, will ensure you can reach all the little corners. The nap on a roller can make a big difference to the amount of paint going onto the wall with each coat, also to the finish of the paint on the wall. If you are unsure what brush to use for your job, take the time to ask at your nearest paint shop, or the specialist staff at the paint counter at Bunnings, Masters or your local hardware shop.
- Paint, using qualtity paint can make all the difference to the final job. At Fernbrooke Homes and in our own home we use Dulux paint, because we can always be sure of it’s result. There are a number of cheaper paints recently on the market, that our painter assures us are watered down and thin, which makes for uneven wall coverage. Low VOC paints are also important. Essentially, the paint on your wall will emit toxic odours for years after being painted, the popular low VOC paints have these chemicals removed, making them safe for you and your family to breath for as long as necessary.
- Coats. for an even coverage and a professional result, the walls must be given a minimum of one coat of undercoat, followed by two coats of wall colour. This is dependant on the colour of the wall before, and the colour of paint going onto the wall, in some cases, two coats of undercoat may be required. Again it is important to talk to your local paint shop, or check in at the paint counter at Bunnings, Masters or your local hardware.
- Drying Time, be sure to allow good drying time between coats. I have seen a few paint jobs spoilt by trying to paint over paint that is still wet. Our painter always has fans blowing on the area he has just finished. Drying time is especially important when painting with gloss paint, the paint is thick and dries much slower than regular wall or ceiling paint.
Painting isn’t a difficult job, and with the above tips you should feel encouraged to give it a go if you haven’t before. I had never painted before we moved into our renovator, and whilst it’s not my favourite job, it’s really not hard, and I think I do alright at it as well. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment to sit down at the end of the day and admire my painted walls and remember that I did that.
Did these tips encourage you to give painting a go? Have you tried painting before? Do you have any stories to share?