Repainting at home is a simple and very fun way to renew your home. But despite this, our surveys show that about one in ten refrains from redoing at home, because they do not know where to start. So for those of you who love to renew and decorate with color but feel a little unsure of how to proceed, we have gathered all our tips in a practical checklist, with everything you need to know to get a really professional result!.
- A color jar with the color you have chosen
- A roller and a trough
- Brushes – one medium and one small (depending on the project)
- A pipe stick to mix the paint with
- Masking tape
- Cloths or plastic sheets (to cover furniture and other objects)
- Absorbent rags (for dusting walls and wiping up spills)
- A stepladder (to reach difficult places)
- Some rags (to take care of paint drops)
Follow these steps when and start painting!!
The color of the walls makes a big difference to the overall look and feel of the room, so it is important that it is right. Once you have found the right color, the best tip is to buy a sample jar and sample paint at home to see that it is really right and looks good in the selected room.
Choose the right color
It is important to know what type of paint you are going to paint with, it depends on what room you are going to paint and what property the painted surface should have. So it’s not just the color you have to decide on before you paint your walls with a color that will hopefully last many years of a wonderful life in the home.
The hall, the kitchen, the children’s room, the living room or the bedroom – of course, we want equally nice walls in every room at home. But considering how much it can be smeared, gagged, painted, slabbed, and soaked in some rooms, it is actually not obvious that all color types fit equally well to all types of rooms.
Prepare and develop all tools
Bring out all tools and painting accessories so it is easily accessible. Cover for wall sockets, window frames, cornices, doors, and anything else you do not want to paint with masking tape. Remember to put the tape in a neat straight line so that the color edge is just as neat.
Cover and protect your furniture
It is usually a good idea to remove all furniture from the room, but if you do not have the space to do so, you can cover them with tarpaulins or plastic instead. Plastic carrier bags are a cheap and easy way to protect, for example, lamps.
You should always cover the surface under the area where you are painting, preferably with cardboard that you tape. Color drops tend to find their way to the floor no matter how careful you are, so it’s better to take the safe before the unsafe.
Dust off the walls
To get a completely even surface, it is very important that you dust the walls before you start painting. It is usually enough to wipe them once with a dry cloth. Be especially careful in the corners towards the roof where there may be cobwebs.
This is also a good opportunity to sand down any uneven stains and remove any old nails and screws in the walls. Fill the holes with putty if necessary.
You do not normally need to use primer on walls that have already been painted (depending on the substrate and the existing color of the wall, so now it’s time to open the paint can.
Stir in the paint with your pipe stick and pour a little into the paint tray. Use a medium-sized brush to paint the outermost 10 centimeters of the wall, and paint over the edges of the masking tape. Use the roller to fill in the rest. The key to getting a smooth and even surface is not to have too much paint on the brush or roller.
Tip: Wet the brush before you start painting, it prevents the paint from creeping upwards. Dip the brush about 1 cm into the paint and wipe one side against the edge of the paint can. This means that the paint does not drip from the brush as easily. It also helps you avoid applying too much paint and keeps the brush clean longer.
Let the first layer dry thoroughly and then add another if necessary.
Tip # 2: Paint in V- or W-shaped strokes when using a roller, rather than up and down or from side to side. It gives a smooth surface without stripes.
Pull off the tape
Carefully pull off the masking tape when the paint is almost dry. If you wait until the paint has dried completely, you risk pulling off entire pieces of paint along with the tape. If this happens, you can always fill it in with a small brush.
Take a step back and admire your work
Clear! You should now have smooth, stylish walls with a perfectly smooth surface that is just waiting to form the backdrop to your “new” home.