Painting is a popular do-it-yourself job, and many amateurs find success. However, to prepare, you must get the right tools. Items to have handy include:
Start with soft cloths, natural sponges (otherwise dyes may stain the walls), a bucket, at least four litres of warm water and a generous dollop of dishwashing liquid.
- If your walls are dirtier than average, add one cup each of white vinegar, washing soda and non-sudsing ammonia will work.
- Rinse the walls using a second bucket of clean water.
- Wait at least a day for the walls to dry.
Painter’s tape for door frames, windowsills and woodwork:
Clean, straight edges will give off the impression the job was done by a professional painter.
Primer to apply before the main colour:
Without primer, you risk painting the wrong shades and having it unable to stick as well as it should.
- Even better, add a bit of your main colour into the primer to reduce visible traces of the primer.
You must take the time to adequately prepare your walls. This part of painting may be less thrilling, but take care to fill, scrape, patch and sand imperfections.
- Wait a few days to ensure complete dryness before you proceed.
Paint, and lots of it:
Many people underestimate the amount paint they need. Plan to use about two cups of paint per 37 square metres.