Tips for a Fantastic Paint Job

One of the easiest ways to refresh a room is to paint, and the planning is almost as important as choosing the color.

Prepare, prepare, prepare! It’s so important to do this first. Select your paint, but how much to get? To calculate this, you need to make some measurements. Add up the width of all the walls, then multiply that number by the height of the room, from floor to ceiling. The result is the square footage of the room. Since you will likely be using a different paint on doors and windows, subtract these areas from the room total – just take off about 2 square meters for each door and about 1.5 square meters for each average sized window in the room . You end up with a number close to the actual surface area of ​​the wall you are going to paint.

As a general rule, 1 liter of paint will cover between 6 and 6.5 square meters of wall. So, to calculate the number of liters of paint you will need, divide the total area to be painted by 6.5.

Remember that drywall absorbs more paint, which means you’ll have to buy a little more paint, even if you primed it. Do you paint in a light or dark color? If you’re using a dark color, you’ll probably need a tinted primer or two coats of paint. Don’t forget about future edits. Always round up the amount of paint needed, as you may use this paint in the future to touch up and remove stains and worn areas.

Golden Rule

A rule of thumb for painting is to start at the top and work down, so ceilings first. If you are going to paint the walls differently than the ceiling, you can run a line of tape across the width of the wall near the ceiling, which will give you a clean line between the two colors or types of paint you have. selected.

But before you even pick up a brush or roller, you may first need to lightly scrape away any old flaking paint with a blade and use putty in any cracks – and since there is always a slight movement in Portugal, the Hairline cracks are fairly common and easy, but larger cracks will need to be carefully filled and smoothed with sandpaper before you start painting.

A roller is easy to use and will quickly cover a large area, but start at the edges first with a paintbrush, “cutting” close to a line of tape on the ceiling now, and the corners where two walls meet .

Then roll on – for flat walls use a smooth roller, for textured walls use one with a rough pile cover.

Dampen the roller before you begin with a damp cloth, as this will help the roller absorb the paint. Resist the urge to dip the roller deep into the paint! Simply touch the roller to the paint in a paint tray and roll it a little to get enough on the roller so it doesn’t run. Starting at the edge, start rolling in a zigzag pattern, but not too fast or you’ll get paint splatter all over the place, and turn the roller sideways to get closer to the ceiling and baseboard or floor. If you’re short on time and can’t finish it all in one sitting, putting the lid back on the paint can prevent a “skin” from forming, and a handy trick is to wrap the roller in plastic wrap and then a plastic bag, and put it in the fridge, and it will be ready to go the next day.

Once the walls are dry, you can start with the skirting boards or window frames – again, using masking tape on your newly painted walls will be worth it when you get a clean, crisp edge to the wall. place where the two different paintings meet.

Finally, clean up. Follow the directions on the paint can and make sure all paint is removed before air-drying brushes and rollers. Now sit back and enjoy the new look of your bedroom!

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