Having your walls covered in a suitable pre-chosen colour can make all the difference in any type of space: domestic, commercial, office, or trading. The good news? Painting a wall yourself is not rocket science, as long as you know how to do it properly. You don’t need to be a professional, or neither do you have to have done it before.
Below, you will find a simple step-by-step guide that describes the five most fundamental steps to successful wall painting for beginners and amateurs.
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Make a plan and equip yourself
Of course, you shall, first of all, decide what color to apply on the wall, depending on your overall decoration plans and ideas. Then, we suggest you calculate how much paint you’d need to get things done and buy the quantity required for an end-to-end wall painting.
When you have your basic activity plan prepared, get all the fundamentals together. Except for buying the prime and the paint, you must consider equipping yourself with some essential tools and devices, such as:
- A paint roller
- A paint roller extension pole
- A paint tray
- Painter’s tape
- A putty knife, etc.
Once you have the gear, you are ready to go.
Do a thorough site preparation
If you’re doing this for the first time, you can easily ignore the preparation and regret that later. So, what to do in order to achieve the best result without doing any harm to the surrounding interior?
- Remove all furniture and appliances from the wall, then cover the remaining nearby objects with a soft cloth.
- Clean the wall by removing flakes, chipping paint, or old wallpapers. Then polish it thoroughly with a moist or cellulose sponge to remove dust and grease.
- Protect the adjacent walls, corners, and floor with painter’s tape. Cover everything that you wouldn’t want to see painted by the end of your DIY painting adventure.
Sound easy enough to handle, is it not? Plus, it is equally crucial for the final result as the painting process itself.
Prepare and apply the primer
When the walls and the area around them are prepared, you can start applying the first layer of primer. Put shortly, the primer helps paint stick to the walls and minimises the quantity of paint needed to cover the chosen surface. So, how to proceed exactly?
Pour in a sufficient quantity of primer in a tray so that it fills its lower part. Then, roll the primer onto the entire wall – ceiling to floor, without missing a square millimeter. After you are done, leave it to dry for at least a couple of hours, or as much as the label says.
Apply the paint
Once the primer is dry, you can move on to the actual fun. Make sure you pour and mix the paint before you proceed so that any shading would be neutralised.
First of all, paint the trim of the wall by using a paintbrush. Start top to bottom and paint the outlines that have been previously set with a panter’s tape.
Once the outlining is ready, you can grab your paint roller and carefully “fill in” the rest of the wall. Once again, start top to bottom, and make sure you apply the paint smoothly and evenly by filling in all empty patches until fully covered.
Once you’re ready, look at the result. If you conclude you need a deeper hue, you can apply a second layer of paint and make the effect even more satisfactory.
If you want to enjoy a perfect result, don’t rush things and leave the paint to dry overnight.
When the waiting is done, you can start rearranging your place – remove the type, uncover the furniture, and bring your appliances and accessories back where they belong.
Now, step back and cherish the result. Because impossible is nothing, as long as you plan wisely, proceed carefully, and enjoy yourself!
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