How to be a paint­ing pro

South Shore Breaker - - HOME & GARDEN -

Chang­ing a room’s dé­cor can be as sim­ple as giv­ing the walls a new coat of paint. At least it can be, if you know all the tricks that will re­sult in a pro­fes­sional look­ing fin­ish.

First of all, it is cru­cial to pre­pare the room thor­oughly. This step, which of­ten takes more time than ap­ply­ing the paint, is es­sen­tial in order to achieve an im­pec­ca­ble fi­nal re­sult.

Start by re­mov­ing any large pieces of fur­ni­ture and any ob­jects that could be dam­aged by paint splashes. Plates around light switches and elec­tri­cal out­lets should also be re­moved, as well as any light shades. Next, pro­tect the floor­cov­er­ing with old sheets or a tarp. En­sure that any fur­ni­ture that can­not be taken out of the room is well pro­tected. Run a strip of mask­ing tape or paint tape along all edges where there is a risk of get­ting paint, such as mold­ings, win­dows, and door frames.

All sur­faces have to be pre­pared be­fore start­ing to paint. Fill any holes and mod­ify any im­per­fec­tions with wall putty and sand the walls smooth. Clean the sur­faces to be painted and leave them to dry so that the primer and paint will ad­here prop­erly.

Be­fore get­ting started on the ac­tual paint­ing, it’s a good idea to get some ad­vice from a home paint­ing spe­cial­ist. He or she will be able to tell you if you need to ap­ply a coat of primer first and then cal­cu­late how much paint you will need for your project. This ad­vice can save you time and money.

Now the time has come to put some colour into your room. Start by care­fully ap­ply­ing paint along all edges with a brush: that means cor­ners, win­dow and door ledges, and at the top of walls along the ceil­ing. All you’ll have to do af­ter that is to coat the rest of the walls with a roller in an up and down, down and up mo­tion. Leave this first coat to dry and then ap­ply a se­cond coat, or even a third one if nec­es­sary.

Oc­to­ber is the ideal month to do work out­side — the weather is nei­ther too hot nor too cold.

It’s es­sen­tial to thor­oughly pre­pare the room be­fore paint­ing, even though you may be tempted to skip a few steps.

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