Interior Painting

Interior Painting of a Room

Start with one room at first. (This isn’t the way a professional painter would do it however they paint for a living and have ways of doing it easily and economically.)

1.    Once you have chosen the room for your interior painting project, if possible remove all furniture, paintings, etc. If you are unable to remove all items then just move them into the centre of the room and cover them with drop cloths. (Make sure you leave an area so you can reach to paint around the lights).

2.    Clean away any cobwebs and dust from the areas that you plan on painting. You can wash down all areas however it’s not necessary to wash down all surfaces. So long as the surface you are painting onto is clean and sound.

3.    Preparation patching up any holes or cracks that you find and let them dry before you lightly sand those areas.

Now that you have prepared the room, the fun part of interior painting begins.

4.    Start at the top, using a 75mm brush  , paint the ceiling first so that if you get any drips or runs you can clean them off before they dry or before you paint the walls. (Ceilings usually painted in acrylic or water based paints).

The best place to start is by Cutting In (using a brush around the edges) the cornice or coving. Paint the whole cornice including the bottom edge; I suggest you cut in approximately 1-2 inches onto the ceiling to make it easier to roll up to the cornice.

Once you have finished cutting in it’s time to start  rolling.

Start in one corner and slowly roll an area of between 3-5 feet square then dip your roller again and continue the process until the whole ceiling is completed.  You will probably need to repeat the process to make sure you get coverage. (the second time you roll I suggest you roll in the opposite direction to what you did the first time. This will help to make sure you get good coverage.)

5.    Start on the walls. (Walls usually painted with acrylic or water based paints). Paint around the edges with a brush and then roll out the centre area. Use a dry roller (the same one you have just used just with little or no excess paint on it) to lay off the area to remove any roller lines after you have put on the paint.
If you are painting a feature wall it is imperative that you have a steady hand. If you haven’t you can use low tack tape to help you get a straight line.

6.    Doors, windows, frames and skirting boards are all called ‘trims’. Firstly you will need to lightly sand then undercoat the areas; (Traditionally they are painted in oil based paints). Oil based paints are harder wearing than acrylic paints and last longer on the trims. You can paint the trims with acrylic paints however they generally don’t last as long. For all trims you will need to use a brush to complete the job. For the doors it can be easier to cut in all the edges then quickly roll the face of the door and lightly tip off the rolled sections with a brush.

Now you have completed painting you can put all your furniture back into place then sit back and enjoy your master piece.

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