People generally think painting a room or an apartment is hard work and results to paying painters to do the job for them. Contrary to that opinion it’s quite easy and fun I must say. Plus you save yourself a few bucks in the process of painting by your self. It can be done on the weekends or on your free time. You just have to plan for it. Here I’m going to show you five basic steps to painting your own room.
One of my favourite pastime activities is painting. It’s a form of active meditation where the mind thinks nothing else but the actualization of a beautiful project. Today I am going to show you simple steps on how to paint the interiors of your room or apartment.
Choosing to paint a room may be because the walls are dirty; or the colours seem too dull for your liking, or because you saw a particular colour combination at a friends house and you are excited about doing the same or something similar. Which ever the case, to me it’s always a brilliant idea to paint or repaint a room.
Choosing colour(s): Any colour can look good everywhere depending on how you use them. As unconventional as it may seem, black and brown can actually go together depending on how you use them in a room.
You may have favourite colours, but the first thing you need to do in selecting paint colours is to look at your furniture (appliances too sometimes), this would serve as a guide in selecting matching colours for the room. You could use a colour spectrum gotten from some paint stores or online. You can also utilise visualiser apps for mobile phones to select colours such as the Dulux visualiser app on Google playstore.
You can use any amount of colours you are comfortable with to make patterns , stripes, shapes and so on. But, remember the fewer the better. Also, you should know that bright colours make a place look bigger and feels cooler too. While dark colours makes a place look smaller and of course darker.
Do not be afraid when choosing colours, it’s how you apply them that matters most. Take your time in this step as it would eventually determine the final look of the room after the painting process is completed.
Buying paint and paint equipment: Having a beautiful idea without the right tools and materials wouldn’t bring the best out of the idea. The right paint type and quality needs to be taken into consideration. You can ask a professional around where you live for good quality paints.
For the purpose of this article, emulsion and satin paints are to be used. The emulsion paint would be used to cover up old paint on the walls and also as first coat. For equipment, you would need paint rollers and paint brushes for as many colours available to avoid wasting time on washing them over and over.
Also you would need painters tape or masking paper tape for covering wall and ceiling edges to avoid staining adjacent walls and ceiling. Get a measuring or tailors tape if you are dealing with patterns, shapes and stripes for proper alignment.
Prepping the room and walls: After making up your mind on what colour(s) to use, what patterns (if any), and equipments are gotten, it’s time to do some heavy lifting and clearing.
Before we get started on that, It’s best to take pictures of the room as it currently is, for before and after comparison when the job is done. Take your camera (phone) and take shots of every corner of the room if possible with everything intact and some more shots when the furnitures are out and the room is empty.
With that taken care of, all furniture are to be moved either outside or to the center of the room with a tarpaulin or any covering material placed on them to prevent paint dripping and splashing on them. Switches and immovable appliances should be covered as well.
Next is to dust all walls and ceiling surfaces with a broom to remove dust and cobwebs. Scrape peeling surfaces with a scraper as much as possible so newly applied paint won’t peel along. Some walls may require cleaning with damp spong/cloth/foam. Also, plastering and filling may be done to cover holes and damaged wall. Fillers can be bought in some paint stores.
Your wall is almost ready to recieve new paint. What’s remaining is the taping part. Here the masking tape is applied around the wall corners and edges, this is necessary for neatness and and proper demarcation. Also masking tapes are used for marking design and pattern areas if necessary.
Painting proper: The time has finally come, materials are ready and walls await. To start, first mix the emulsion paint with little water properly in a bucket, dip your roller into the paint bucket and scrape off excess paint and apply your first coat on the wall, make sure to distribute the paint evenly across the wall. You can start from the middle of the wall and work your way to the edges using up-down strokes continuously. This way you’ll get a uniform result. Repeat the process until the entire wall is covered. Use paint brushes to trim the edges and hard to reach corners like ceiling edges.
When the first coat is properly dried then you can apply the second and third coat with the satin paint. Ensure to use new rollers for the new paint and follow the same strokes principle. Wait till the wall is dry before applying new paint on the wall. If all go according to plan by the end of the day we would be looking at a beautiful new looking room or apartment.
When painting a wall avoid using zigzag strokes, rather, use either vertical or horizontal strokes consistently. Also avoid dripping and splashing paint around, be carful and cautious throughout. Do not paint on wet surfaces because it would have very little effect. Finally, do not use a single roller for multiple colours, it not only wastes time but it also smears your work.
Cleanup: After a hard Day’s job with the walls dry, it’s time to do some clean up. Wash up spilt paint, remove tapes from walls, clean stained doors and switches, rearrange furniture and appliances. Ensure you wash up rollers and brushes immediately after, they are still very much usable. Keep remaining paint in their containers and cover them properly. Finally, go take a bath.
Hopefully, a beautiful new look is your reward and don’t forget to take after pictures to compare with the former look of the room. This helps you appreciate your work more and you can share them with your friends and family.