August 30, 2013

Painting a Room in 4 Simple Steps

Specialising in interior and exterior house painting, our team knows all the tricks of the trade to ensure a perfect finish that lasts. You’re obviously going to get the best work if you hire the services of a Sydney painter. But if you have the time and you’re opting to complete the work yourself, there are a few steps you should keep in mind to make sure you get the job done as best you can.

1. Preparation

The importance of cleaning the ceiling and the walls of the room is something that cannot be understated. We recommend a thorough clean as this can actually be the difference between a satisfactory paint job and a great one. Sponge down the walls and ceiling with water and detergent to remove dust and dirt that has built up. Clean up the residue, put down the sheets and your ready to begin!

 2. Painting the Trim

In most cases, we suggest painting the trim before you get onto the ceiling and walls, simply because it’s much easier to tape off the trim than the walls. You want to use a two-inch brush to get a smooth finish on the molding, door and window frames, but don’t worry too much if you get paint on the walls for now. Afterwards, you’ll need to wait until the next day before the paint is dry, at which point you can tape it off and move onto the ceiling.

3. Rolling the Ceiling

As long as you painting the ceiling before you get to the walls, you’ll need to cut-in the perimeter of the ceiling with a paintbrush. A 3.5 inch cut-in is ideal. With the roller, paint in ‘W’ shapes applying the paint evenly and use roller strokes if excess paint is applied. Start in the corner and paint across the width of the ceiling.

4. Painting the Walls

Once the ceiling has dried, it’s time to get busy on the walls. If it’s a bedroom or living room, its best to go with low-sheen or flat acrylic paints for the best finish. Start at the edges with a brush, then grab a roller and paint in ‘M’ shapes about a metre below the ceiling applying even strokes. Then move down a metre below that for the next area and so in that fashion.