DIY guides and advice
Give your home an upgrade with helpful step-by-steps, and the tools to achieve it.
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A lick of paint can transform a room in an instant. Not sure where to start? From prepping to painting, here's some helpful how-tos to get you started.
Before you start anything, it’s a good idea to prepare your walls as any holes, bumps or uneven surfaces can affect your final finish. Take some time with these first steps…
Clean your walls
With a sponge and soapy water, remove any dust, dirt or marks. They can affect the quality of your paint and leave stains that could show through
Smooth your surfaces
An even surface is the perfect canvas for painting. Use enough filler to fill any holes or cracks until they’re level with the wall. Then sand down any rough areas.
Once you’ve prepped the walls, you’re ready to go. Not sure which order to paint a room? Our step-by-step guide will walk you through…
Step 1 - cover up
Start by moving or covering up any furniture with dust sheets, as well as the floor where you’re painting. Use masking tape around skirting boards, door frames, windows and light switches – any fixtures you don't want to be painted!
Step 3 - cutting in
This helps achieve those crisp lines where walls meet, and rollers can’t quite reach. An angled brush is best to paint a 2-inch border around the edges of your walls. Don’t have too much paint on your brush and move smoothly from top to bottom.
Step 4 - the walls
Ensure your walls are dry before you start. If you’re covering a strong colour, use a basecoat first. Use a roller for an even finish and work from ceiling to floor. Paint in squares, overlapping them slightly to keep track of where you’ve painted.
Step 6 - windows, doors & radiators
Again, use a smaller brush for these areas. For the main surface of the door, you can use a gloss roller. Paint from top to bottom, using minimal gloss and smaller strokes to avoid paint drops. Allow to dry fully before applying a second coat (if needed).
Paint like a pro...
- Mix the paint – before you start, give your paint a good stir for the best consistency.
- Don’t saturate your roller – too much paint and it’ll spray as you roll.
- Don’t press too hard or roll to fast – this'll create an uneven finish.
- Clean your tools – wash and dry them thoroughly so they’ll last longer.
- Reseal your paint – ensure leftover paint is sealed securely so it doesn’t dry out.
- Don’t leave masking tape on too long – it’ll be harder to remove.
- Have a damp cloth nearby – for any little spillages.
Not sure where to start?
From preparing and measuring, to cutting and wallpapering around tricky fixtures. This quick 5 minute video, will show you how easy wallpapering can be.
Paint a piece of furniture
Probably the easiest entry route into upcycling as it doesn't require much equipment or DIY know-how, and can be tailored to your creativity and painting ability. Here're some simple step-by-steps and the tools to get you started...
Mask out a pattern
Use masking tape to cover areas that you don't want painted, or that you want filled with a different colour later - it's great for getting a sharp straight line. You could create a stencil or hand draw in pencil a more intricate design.
Or spray larger areas
If you're working with larger furniture or just want a single block colour, a paint sprayer could be quicker and easier than a paint brush, and creates a really smooth finish. You'll need to protect the surrounding area with a dust sheet (or any old fabric sheet you have).