Painting Tips for Beginners

July 15, 2019

There is no quicker way to completely change a room than to paint it a new and fresh colour. Such a big change requires some thought and planning if you want to do it right. 

Choose Your Paint 

The first thing you must do is pick your paint. We know it can be overwhelming with so many brands, colours and finishes so we have created a quick guide. 

  • Think about the atmosphere: The feeling you would like to achieve in your room will determine your colour. We suggest using soft neutral colours in bedrooms, warm, bright and contrasting colours in social spaces and blue-green colours work well informal spaces. Make sure to buy some testers and test them on the wall in good light before committing as they will always look different than they do in-store.

  • Decide your finish: There are two types of finishes, matte and glossy. Glossy paints will reflect light and look brighter, they are also easier to clean however they require more preparation. A matte finish will absorb light and therefore look darker, they are harder to clean so we recommend looking for an ‘easy clean’ formula. 

Don’t forget to check the ingredients; Latex and water-based paints have lots of pros as they dry quicker, have fewer fumes and are easy to clean if you spill any. Oil-based paints, however, have their place, we recommend using in high traffic areas and on trims (doors and skirtings) as they are more durable.

  • Choose the brand: This may have already been decided for you based on the colour you have chosen. This is totally fine, all brands will deliver the desired finish however a cheaper brand may need a few more coats to achieve the same colour pay off and a more expensive brand. 

Pick Your Tools 

After spending time and money considering your paint colour, finish and ingredients it is important you know you are using the right tools. One of the big questions we always get asked is whether you should use a roller or a brush, our answer is both! It is important to have a few different tools in order to get the best finish. 

We recommend synthetic bristles for water-based and natural bristle for oil-based paints. Make sure you get a few sizes and shapes. Rollers are a little more straightforward, there are three pile lengths; short, medium and long. Which length you need is determined by your wall, smoother the wall the shorter the pile.

Preparation is Key 

Now you are all set, but how do you start? You need to prepare your space. First, you need to remove everything you can from the room and make sure all furniture is away from the walls. Anything that is remaining you need to cover, including the floor. Top tip: Use cloth sheets, not plastic. They are easier to manage, more durable and don’t require taping down.

You must clean the surfaces you are planning to paint. This will help the paint adhere to the surface better. If there are any holes in the wall, you should fill these before starting and if you are painting over an uneven surface or dark colour we suggest sanding and priming the walls first.  

The last step of preparation is to tape off the areas you aren’t looking to paint on the walls. We recommend using masking tape and taping all the way around the bottom of the wall (at the skirting board) and around door frames and light switches. 

Get the Perfect Finish 

There are a few tips we have to share to ensure your newly painted walls are the best they can be. 

  • Start from the trim/cutting: This means to start painting the edges first, anywhere you have masking tape is included in this step.
  • Always try to leave the edge of the paint wet to ensure a seamless transition, if this is not possible ‘feather’ out the edge, this means leaving a light semi covered edge to allow you to paint over when you get back. 
  • When you are totally finished, allow the paint to dry and then remove the tape with a knife to ensure a clean edge. 

To make sure you get all the right supplies before you start pop into our store. No matter the question, our team is always happy to help!