DIY Skills: Paint a Room Like a Pro

Painting can be a messy job if you don’t know where to start (Picture: Getty Images)

The preparation is done, now it’s time to start painting.

It seems so simple at first – all you need is some paint and a roller, right?

But once you get to it, you can quickly feel like you’ve bitten off a lot more than you can chew.

How do we ensure perfect edges, smooth finishes and not get stuck in a corner?

It turns out that there are common DIY mistakes when it comes to giving a room a lick of paint.

To help you get the job done perfectly yourself, we asked Crown Paint Color Consultant Justyna Korczynska for some tips.

Justyna is part of the Crown Creative Design Studio and is an expert in paints. She is involved in several design projects and predicts the color influencers for the coming seasons.

What you need

  • Good roller and brushes
  • masking tape.

1. Where to start?

That’s always a good point. You start at the top and work your way down. So if it’s a room you would normally start with ceilings, walls, (regardless of color) trim (e.g. doors, architrave, windows), but always let the baseboard last as this is where dust and bits settle that can contaminate the paint.

You work systematically from (say) a corner or an edge in small areas with a loaded brush or roller spreading the paint over the surface and then blending into the next loaded brush or roller full, until the perfect finish is achieved.

2. The ceiling

When painting the ceiling, always use a matte emulsion and start painting the edges of the ceiling with a brush – this is called ‘cutting in’.

This is a directional point that you should roll towards. It is always recommended to use the brush on the edge and work in long, sweeping strokes.

For best results, use a quality 2½ inch brush. If you’re not sure about ‘cutting in’, masking tape is a good option.

3. The walls

Continue the same process as the ceiling by cutting at the edges and then rolling.

For walls a matt emulsion is always recommended and depending on the color two coats will give the best finish.

4. Rolling

Once you’ve painted around the edges, we’ll move on to rolling.

Be sure to wet your roller first as this will help absorb the paint. Apply the paint to the ceiling in a ‘W’ motion to even out the paint.

Cover the area, one section at a time, starting at a corner, overlapping each section by a third for even coverage.

To avoid splashing, keep a steady pressure and don’t roll too fast. After drying, a second coat may be necessary.

5. The doors

Painting the interior doors can make a huge difference to a room.

When choosing the paint to use, satin is usually recommended for a semi-gloss finish. It is easy to use, dries quickly and stays whiter for longer.

For best results, a door should be painted in a specific order. Start with the edges and then move on to the moldings and panels, using the edge of the brush for the cutouts.

On the flatter surfaces, use the flat part of the brush to coat the surface with paint, brush left and right, followed by up and down strokes to evenly distribute the paint.

Once you’ve done the inlays, move on to the rest of the door.

Paint the vertical center panels first, followed by the horizontal, before finishing with the long side strips. For a good finish, load the brush liberally and spread the paint over the surface before finishing with long, soft strokes.

Do not rework the paint if it begins to dry as this will cause an uneven finish.

6. The skirting boards

The baseboard should always be the last thing you paint.

Before you begin, lay a strip of masking tape across the floor.

For the decorative layer, use any paint designed for wood and metal, such as gloss, satin, and eggshell.

Start painting over the top, using the edge of a brush to cut in with long, sweeping strokes.

Now go to the flat side. Load your brush and apply it to the board, making a short, vertical stroke, before sweeping the flat side of the brush along the length of the board for a long time.

Work in easy-to-manage sections. When you go to the next section, start
on the other side and brush in the area you just painted for an even finish.


Common errors and how to fix them

Shine smooth

Use a small mini roller to spread the paint evenly over the surface and roll it out in one direction or apply it to a small area with a brush by moving the paint in different directions to even it out before applying in one direction. lies down.

Both methods are done methodically in small areas that blend in with the area that was done before – decorators call this ‘keep a wet edge’.

painting corners

This is best achieved with a brush that is not fully loaded with paint so that it can be pushed onto the surface to spread the bristles or filaments apart, applying the paint with the edge of the brush in the corner or along a adjacent wall is manipulated to cut into.

For the perfect edges

Most decorators have a set of preferred brushes to suit the type of paint they are using, but the “cut in” technique is to use the edge of the brush rather than the flat one, as you often have more control.

At Crown, we always recommend a 2-inch brush when making cuts on the edges.

Always stir the paint

Not with a screwdriver, bamboo stick or a twig, it should be a piece of metal or wood with flat blades that easily reaches the bottom of the can – this will get all the paint mixed in.

Always use paint from paint trays and paint kettles

This will help by limiting the amount you need initially so it’s easier to handle and less likely to dry out, or in the event that you knock it over. Top tip – this also allows you to leave the brush on during breaks, so that the brush does not dry out.

know the edge

When cutting, always use the edge of the brush instead of the flat side, as you often have more control.

Don’t forget the basics

When applying a pale color to walls painted in dark tones, first apply a coat of white paint as a base coat.

If you have a lighter color on the walls and want to replace it with a darker color, you need to consider an extra layer of the dark shade.

For example, if it is recommended to use two coats on the paint can, you should use three coats to get full coverage.

Radical radiators

To paint behind a radiator, use a long-handled radiator roller (available at most good home improvement stores or Crown Trade Decorator Centers) to reach as far behind the radiator as possible.

What to do with wallpaper

To paint over standard wallpaper, use a long roller to cover a large area. Try thinning the paint a little (ten percent) with clean water so that the paint can easily get into the corners of the wallpaper for even coverage.

don’t sink

Paint should not be thrown down the sink, recycling centers have an area where paint can be disposed of.

Store any leftover paint carefully

Once the lid is securely replaced, shake the can so that the paint forms an airtight seal and place it right side up according to directions on the back of the can.

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