Do you have a room that’s dying for a facelift, but you don’t know where to start?Painting isn’t just for the walls, a lot of rooms in your home can appear lifeless at some stage or just need a freshen up to make them more interesting, it takes just a little bit of imagination to bring any room back to life.
That’s because walls are only one aspect of a room, being creative on ceilings, doors and trims is a perfect way to help re-energize your lounge room, bedroom, or any other space.
Here is the correct sequence the professionals use when giving any room a quick and refreshing paint makeover.
Start with the ceiling first and then paint the walls.Step 1 — Clean Ceiling and Walls
Remove dust, dirt, and grime spots which can ruin a smooth finish with water, a little mild dishwashing detergent, and a cellulose sponge or a surface wash such as sugar soap.
Rinse ceiling and walls with clean water to remove the soap residue.
Step 2 — Cut in Around Edges
Beginning at the corner of the room, use a two-inch or smaller trim brush approx 50mm wide, to “cut in,” applying a wide strip approximately 100 mm of paint along the perimeter where the wall and the ceiling meet so the roller does not get to close to the cornices.
Cut in a section at a time, alternating between cutting in and painting the ceiling to maintain a wet edge and prevent a visible line between the cut-in area and the rest of the ceiling.
Step 3 — Rolling the Ceiling
Before you begin painting the ceiling, remove excess paint on the roller by slowly rolling it back and forth over the ridges of the paint tray.
Start painting near the corner of the room, blending the coating into the ceiling line painted previously.
Paint across the width of the ceiling, rather than the length, and make sure to roll in a motion across your body, rather than along your body, to avoid straining your neck and back.
Step 4 — Painting the Walls
Once your ceiling is dry, return to the spot where you began painting. Use a trim brush to carefully cut in along the wall-ceiling line.
Extend out two to three inches from windows, doors, and moldings.
Once you’ve cut in around an entire wall area, use a roller to fill in the field.
For efficiency, start in the corner of a wall and roll in a 1 metre x 1 metre W pattern, then fill it in without lifting the roller. Continue in sections until you’re finished. Paint one wall at a time.
Step 5 — Painting the Trim
Once the walls are completely dry, place painter’s blue tape, available at your local Bristol Paint and Decorator Centre, where the trim meets the wall.
For the best result, paint the mouldings, skirtings, architraves, the door and window frames with a 50mm angled brush.
Pro Tip: When painting your trim, paint the tops of the doors and windows first and work your way down so that you can remove any runs as you go. Paint your skirting boards last.