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SELECT YOUR COLOUR

When deciding on the colour of your interior, create a colour scheme that matches with the furnishing and the feeling you want to create. Paint stockists have many colours to choose from, with the option to take sample chips or purchase sample pots to try out at home. Keep in mind the ceiling, skirtings, doors and cupboards, if the paint is faded and shabby looking, you may want to paint these in an eggshell enamel. Measure your walls so you are able to purchase the right amount of paint you will require for your project.

Once you have purchased your sample pots, paint the colours onto small waterproof boards. Prestik the sample boards onto the wall, in different areas of the room. Look at the sample colours at various times of the day, and night, to decide which colour looks best.

DECIDE ON THE TOOLS

You will require a step ladder, extension pole, roller brushes, cleaning materials, masking tape, floor covering, Stanley knife, paint brushes and drip tray. If you have dampness on the walls, discuss this with the paint stockist who will advise on the correct products to treat dampness.

PLAN YOUR WALL PREPARATION

The preparation of the wall prior to painting is vital to the success of your painting project. You will need to plan removing existing wall art, or any other wall hangings. Holes and cracks must be filled with a Polyfilla, wait to dry and lightly sand to smooth out. Walls must be cleaned with a cleaning solution designed specifically for walls. Dampness should be treated prior to painting walls. If there is any  flakey excess paint on the walls, this should be lightly sanded off to a clean, smooth finish. Allow the walls to dry before applying a universal undercoat.

PREPARE YOUR WALLS FOR PAINTING

All furnishing should be removed from the room, roll out the protective floor covering and cover floor.

Apply masking tape around the edges of doors, windows, skirtings, cornices and any other framework or architectural moldings you may have on the walls.

PAINT YOUR WALLS

Your walls are now ready for painting. Paint walls with roller brushes in even smooth coats while avoiding roller marks from forming or excess paint on the walls. Once the walls are coated with a first coat, leave to dry, ensure that there is enough ventilation in the room. You may want to apply a second coat of paint for a more seamless finish that is easy to clean – touch up any imperfections. Clean the room and get it ready for furniture to be replaced. You may decide to clear out excess clutter in this time and change your layout for a better, welcoming look.

Now – stand back and admire your fresh look to your home!

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