How to paint a room

22 August 2018

Once your room is ready and prepped (see our 'How to prepare a room for decorating' feature for some great pro tips) now the fun can start! Our easy to apply, quick drying, toxin free paint means you'll be finished and settled back in your freshly decorated room before you know it.

Carefully open your Painthouse tin and use a paint stick or an old spoon to give the paint a good stir. You can paint straight from the tin when using your brush, but it may be easier and lighter to use a paint pail. If pouring paint into a tray for rolling, keep it shallow to prevent it slopping about. You can dampen your roller slightly with a wet cloth to help the paint load evenly. Dip your roller lightly into the paint and roll back and forth in the tray until you have evenly covered the roller.

Painting ceilings. Paint your room from top to bottom and always cut in first (paint your edges). Cut in around any coving, ceiling roses or light fittings using a medium-sized 2" or 3" brush. Then use a roller for the rest of the ceiling - an extension pole will help you tackle this more easily. Once the edges are dry, use decorators tape to mask them so they are protected when you start on the walls.

Cutting in: Dip a third of the brush into the paint and gently pull the brush back against the edge of the tin to squeeze off excess paint. Holding the brush like a pencil, paint long and smooth strokes, feathering out the edges to prevent ugly drips.

Painting walls: As before, cut in first - including your light switches, doors and window frames. Paint in a zig zagging 'W' pattern across the wall to avoid annoying roller marks, and then roll across it horizontally. Be careful not to drown the roller in paint, as it will splatter as you use it. Once you've painted the walls you can go back along the edges. Painthouse paint is touch dry in 30 minutes at a room temperature of 20 degrees C, so it should be ready for a second coat of edging by then.

Painting skirting. Painthouse paint works on walls, ceilings and wood, so if you decide to paint your skirting the same colour as your walls you need not worry about taping edges. If not, wait until the walls are completely dry and then stick masking tape (sometimes called decorators tape) along the bottom edge of the wall. Seal it by pressing and running a putty knife along the edge so that the paint won't bleed under. Then paint your skirting using a brush. Once painted carefully remove the tape on the wall. A blast of hot air from a hair dryer will loosen the tape nicely and prevent it sticking to the finish. (For more tips like this see our Top 5 Tips and Tricks here)

Finally, how many coats should you paint? We recommend a minimum of two coats of paint. Using a primer on woodwork will also help you get better coverage in less coats.

'The quality and coverage of the paint was also superb, with minimal coats needed and quick drying times between coats. Very impressed.' Richard, Decorator

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