Its My Home : 2016
IT’S MY HOME 24 PAINT PERFECTION N o matter how tired a property may look, a coat of paint will work wonders freshening its outward appearance or making it feel clean and new inside. Your first home should be a reflection of your style and personality so you can have some fun choosing paint colours that will make your vision a reality. Follow this step-by-step guide to help you achieve a professional paint finish. 1 GET THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB When it comes to paint, cheaper is not always better. Cheaper brushes will leave bristles stuck in the paint, and you will be left plucking them out. Natural fibre brushes, whilst more expensive, are better to work with. Rollers are a must for walls and consider an extension pole for ceilings and the tops of the walls. 2CHOOSE YOUR PAINT Selecting paint colours and the finish you’re after all depends on the look and feel that you want for your room. If you are not sure what you are after, are in a rush or just want a timeless colour that will work with anything and be a good option for resale, ask for a popular shade of white like Dulux’s China white. Water-based paint is easiest to clean up and great for walls and ceilings. If you’re working on woodwork, doors or architraves that are exposed to a lot of wear and tear then oil-based paint is more robust and STEPS TO Get started with: n Paint tray and tray liner n Painter’s tape n Drop cloth n Sandpaper n Sugar soap n Filler n Ladder n Methylated spirits n Rags n Stirrer or stick n Spac filler PAINTING IS THE QUICKEST WAY TO BRING A PROPERTY UP TO DATE CHECK WHAT TYPE OF PAINT IS ON THE WALLS BY RUBBING A PATCH WITH METHYLATED SPRITS. IF THE RAG HAS PAINT ON IT, IT’S OIL-BASED 5 will protect the woodwork from knocks and scratches. Keep in mind however that high sheen and glossy paints show up imperfections so fix any damage to woodwork or architraves before you begin. If your original walls have been painted using an oil-based paint, you’ll have to prime it before you can paint it again using a water-based paint. Priming will give you a better finish and save you money on paint. When selecting the type of finish, use flat or low sheen paint in bedrooms and living rooms, while semi- gloss is recommended for bathrooms due to the high moisture content.