Its My Home : 2016
5THEFINAL STEPS Pour any leftover paint from the paint tray back into the can, cover your paint can with plastic wrap to create an air tight seal and place the lid back on top. It is a good idea to write the name of the rooms the paint was used in on the can and the year (so you know how old it is). Don’t forget to wash up your brushes and roller. Water-based paint is the easiest to clean off with soapy water. Oil based acrylic paints need to be cleaned with methylated spirits. If you can, keep any leftover paint to touch up the walls and woodwork if there are any bumps and scratches once you’ve moved in. 3PREPARATION IS A PRIORITY Invest in a canvas drop cloth as it absorbs paint spillage. Wash your walls and ceiling with sugar soap using a sponge and then let them air dry. Next, move onto filling any holes in your walls with filler. Once dry, sand back any excess. All woodwork should also be sanded back and any holes filled with putty (not filler). Finally, take all the power point and light covers off and then run your painter’s tape around the skirting boards, window frames and doors to avoid any unwanted paint drips. 4GET PAINTING Start at the top and work your way down, starting with the ceiling and leaving the trim and window frames until last. Ceilings are most commonly painted white and if your walls are white too, go for a slightly lighter shade on the ceiling as it will make them appear higher. If your ceiling is already white but needs to be freshened up, Dulux Never Miss One Coat ceiling paint goes on pink and dries a flat white so you can see where you’ve painted, leaving you with a consistent finish instead of a patchy ceiling. The quality of the paint you have chosen, as well as the colour of the original wall, will affect the number of coats you’ll need to do. Usually, two to three coats are required but if the wall is painted a dark colour and you’re changing to a lighter one you may need to do a few more to completely rid your walls of any shadow. Once you’ve finished the ceiling and walls it’s time to move onto the trim and woodwork. PAINTING ON A HOT DAY OR IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT WILL MAKE FRESH PAINT DRY TOO QUICKLY WHICH WILL LEAD TO CRACKING AND FLAKING ONE LITRE OF PAINT PER 16M2 IS USUALLY THE RATIO OF PAINT YOU WILL NEED. ROUGHLY MEASURE YOUR ROOM SO YOU KNOW HOW MANY LITRES YOU WILL NEED TO APPLY TWO TO THREE COATS TO YOUR ROOM 25 Pictures:Shutterstock.