How to paint a room - Tips and Tricks

How to paint a room - Tips and Tricks

Posted by Mat Chiappini on 23rd May 2019

Often when purchasing a new vinyl wall art sticker it's not enough to just apply it to an existing tired, magnolia wall. ( although obviously you can ! )  Re-decorating the whole room though can sometimes seem be a daunting task if it's not something you have done before.

Here is a beginners 'how to paint a room' guide to help you along the way.....

Preparation before painting

  1. Purchase any painting tools and paints needed for painting your room. These should include your chosen paint colour, paint brushes and rollers, roller paint tray, sandpaper, sugar soap or equivalent, decorators caulk, filler, low tack decorators edging tape and brush cleaning fluid if paint is not water based.

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  2. Clear the room of artwork, furniture and any other wall fittings.

  3. Remove any loose paint, nails and screws before filling holes or indents with wall filler then when the filler is completely dry use sandpaper to sand and smooth.

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  4. Clean down the walls, skirting and any other trim with sugar soap or an equivalent cleaning product to remove any grease or dirt. (not forgetting to clean the windows, window sills and door frames)

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  5. Use decorators caulk along the edge of the skirting, door frames, coving and dado rail, to neaten them leaving a nice tidy edge to paint up to.

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  6. For a crisp, professional looking painted edge it is advised to use low tack decorators tape at the tops of the skirting boards, the edge of the coving, and any other trim to leave a nice neat finish.

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    You're now ready to move on to the fun bit, the painting !


    The painting process

    1. Before using the roller for the larger expanses you first need to cut in with a paint brush.  This basically means painting around all the edges where they meet any trim. We suggest approximately a brush width, or more if needed. Also include all the rooms vertical corners and edges where you wouldn't be able to get the roller to reach tight up to.

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    2. Wrap your paint brush in cling film so that you can use it for the second coat without the risk of it drying out.

    3. Pour your paint into the roller tray and load up the roller with it. Work in manageable sections and roller all the walls overlapping some of the cutting in until the first coat is complete.

    4. Place the roller and roller tray inside a carrier or bin bag and tie the top, this will stop it drying out in readiness for the next coat.

    5. Repeat step 1 with the paint brush you saved from earlier.

    6. Repeat the rollering process across the whole room making sure not to leave any paint splodges or runs as you go.

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    7. Remove the decorators tape as soon as the paint finish is dry to the touch.

    8. Clean your brush, roller and roller tray with either soapy water, if the paint is water based, or a suitable cleaning fluid if it is oil based.



That's it, your all done !


For even more painting tips and helpful information check out this great blog at Making it Lovely.


You can also check out these cool painting ideas at Homedit.

Once your room is fully decorated, leave for a couple of weeks before fitting your wall art sticker to allow the paint to fully dry out. Now would be a good time to check out our  how to apply wall stickers video to see how easy it really is......

or visit our vinyl wall decals page to start shopping.....