Of all the trades involved in house renovation the one that most people are prepared to do themselves is painting. Why then do you think a painter trains for four years to learn the necessary skills and can you really do as good a job?
We all want to save money when renovating. It may be that you are selling and want to increase the perceived value and speed of sale so you whip out the paint brushes and rollers.
1. Don’t take on too many areas at once. If you are still living in the house just tackle one room at a time.
2. Take your time to mask any areas which need to be protected. If you have a steady hand then you should be able to cut in around windows and doors and on the skirting boards.
3. Use plaster to repair any holes or dents in the walls. Sand properly and do a brush coat over the repair before rolling. To speed the drying time of patches use a hair dryer. For deeper holes, partially fill, allow to dry to add some more.
4. Spend a few dollars on good quality paint brushes. You will get a better finish and far fewer brush hairs will end up on the wall.
5. Use a 2 inch or 50Ml brush for your cutting in and a 3 inch or 75 Ml brush for bigger areas such as for End of lease building repaints painting the ceiling cornice.
6. Use heavy drop sheets. Many DIY painters will drag out some old bed sheets but any spilled paint will soak through to your floors or furniture.
7. Use a specific water based ceiling paint. Even if you want the same color for your ceiling and walls you need a proper ceiling paint. Anything with sheen will show up imperfections with lighting.
8. Work from the top down. Firstly cut in the ceiling colour on the cornice. Then cut around any lights or ceiling fans. Next roll the ceiling. Remember that rollers can spray paint not in your eyes but anywhere in the room. If you get spray on the window glass leave it until it dries then use a scraper to clean it off.
9. For walls it is best to use water based low sheen paint. You don’t want high reflection.
10. Cut in up to your cornice, around your doors and windows and your skirting boards, about two inches. If you are going to paint your skirting boards with gloss paint don’t get the water based wall paint on it.
11. Roll your walls don’t brush them. Always cut then roll for each coat. Ensure the paint is completely dry before recoating. Cold wet or very humid weather will slow down your drying time.
12. If you are painting oil based gloss on the skirting boards over existing water based paint you will need to use a primer coat.
13. Doors can be painted with a full oil based gloss if they are new. But in an older home it’s best to use a semi gloss water based paint as it won’t show up the bumps and imperfections in the doors. You must cut in the edges with a brush but roll as much of the door as possible.