Want to paint your room but not sure where to start? We’ve asked the experts for you. And, here’s how to approach things:
1. Choosing colours
Get samples. Make sure you go for shades you love. Do they complement the flooring, doors and other decor? Do they clash with the furniture? Look at the samples in the morning, afternoon and early evening to see how much the colour is affected by daylight.
2. Get paint and tools together
You’re roughly looking at one litre of paint per 10 metre square of wall (or ceiling). “What the hell does that mean?” Check out our paint coverage calculator, just let us know what type of room it is and we’ll do the leg work. Remember to buy enough paint for two coats plus extra if the surface you’ll be decorating is very textured. And bolt on your tools too - decent quality brushes, roller cover and handles, paint trays, masking tape and sheets.
Get your walls and woodwork in good nick. Sand down woodwork (in particular glossy trim) and flaky paint, then fill any holes. Give the walls a quick wash with soapy water too, to remove dust (even if you’re painting over paper). Don’t soak them, and just make sure they’re dry before you start painting.
4. Ceiling first
It makes sense to start painting here because, despite best intentions (and paint formulations), the roller can leave a light mist on the walls. If you touch the roller on to the wall as well it’s not the end of the world as you’ll be re-painting anyway. As long as it’s not raining, open the windows to speed up drying too.
5. Then the walls
Only start on your walls once the ceiling is completely dry. Carefully remove plug socket covers and light switches, usually just a couple of screws - do what you need to do with the electrics to be safe. Now paint one wall at a time, and in sections (columns). Use a brush to edge a border (cut in) and paint the awkward bits - corners, around sockets, joins at the ceilings, skirting boards and doors. After you’ve edged a section use a roller to finish off the rest by rolling long thick strokes in a W motion from top to bottom. Absolute pro moves. Two coats of paint will get you a quality finish.
6. Now the skirting boards
Once the walls have dried, start on the skirting boards. Paint these using a brush or mini roller (or both)Place decorating tape along the top of the skirting boards to protect the newly-painted walls (obviously once the paint is dry). Plenty of paint and long strokes to get a smooth finish, two coats again for a hardy job well done. We’re over the gloss paint look, so COAT Eggshell Wood and Metal paint will give a contemporary flatter finish that can’t be knocked about.
7. Finish with windows and doors
Prep is pretty important with frames, hopefully you did the prep in step 2 (sanding down any rough bits and filling in holes). On windows, make sure the seal isn’t broken between the paint and the glass. It’ll avoid damp getting in and any rotting.
As for doors themselves, get a roller and brush. If the door has panels, do them first. Use a brush to paint the outline of the panels and then fill in with a mini roller if you like, this will give the smoothest finish on the larger flat areas. Keep on top of any rogue drips running from the corner of door panels - they look crap.
Action plan in hand, time to get started. Not chosen yet, shop COAT paints.