I am in the process of doing various small renovation projects in my home, not least of which is painting certain spaces. I know there are many readers who have never before tackled a painting project, so this selection of painting tips will assist in making any project job easy DIY!
Pop along to your local home improvement centre, paint or hardware store and select the right paint for the job. There are many different types of paint, but here’s a quick list of the most popular paints used for home interiors:
- Flat, matt or suede
These types of paint are ideal for hiding imperfections on walls; those lumps and bumps in the plaster finish or brush strokes from previously painting, but the downside of this type of paint is that it isn’t washable. A flat, matt or suede paint is best left for a feature wall that won’t need wiping down on a regular basis.
- Satin, sheen or semi-gloss
While these paints may not hide imperfections as good as matt paints, they are still have a certain amount of hiding power. While flat paints don’t reflect light, satin or sheen paints do not have a high reflective finish but are washable, making them ideal for any walls in a home that need to be wiped clean from time to time.
Because gloss paints reflect light they also tend to show even the smallest imperfection, which is why gloss paints are best left for trim.
Depending on the finish of the walls in your home you may need more than one paint roller and a selection of paintbrushes. Paint rollers are available in short or long pile. A short pile roller is used on a smooth wall, while a long pile roller on a textured wall.
You will need small paintbrushes for cramped areas or for detailed areas and medium paintbrushes for painting in corners and cutting in around the edge of a ceiling or skirting board.
Follow the guidelines above for an easy DIY painting project that will leave you feeling satisfied with a job well done.