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Kicking dullness

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There isnít a doubt that those dull walls are thirsting for colour that ultimately speak freshness and invites relaxation, writes ISHA SAINI.

Colour can change the entire ambiance of a space. Every dull space that needs a face lift or washed-out walls could do with a splash of paint even if it is virgin white. That’s the power of a coat of paint: It rearranges your reality which is why painting is the most oft-tackled DIY home-improvement project. You don’t have to be a professional painter to learn how to paint anyone can do it by following some simple steps.

A Poorly executed paint job is easy to spot, with its drips and slips and uneven lines. This can however be eliminated by just taking a little time to prepare yourself, this will make painting a lot easier and fun. So before you crack your first paint can, schedule in a full day for the preparations.

What you need:

  • Stain-blocking primer
  • Paint
  • 2-3 inch  finish brush
  • Paint roller
  • Paint Tray
  • Drop cloths
  • Painter’s tape or a suitable alternative is white masking tape

Some handy tips:

  • Keep a cloth with you to clean up drips as soon as you make them.
  • Keep a wet edge, and always paint from dry to wet. This will minimize brush strokes and roller marks.
  • If you do not have a steady hand make sure you use tape so that you get a neat finish on the corners and edges.
  • Make sure the wall you are painting is clean and does not have any dust. You may need to use a vacuum to get rid of any dust or a damp sponge.

Choosing a paint colour:

  • Always read the instructions on the paint tin, as some paints may require water to be added to them for obtaining optimum consistency.
  • Choosing paint colours is an art. Remember colours tend to be darker than the swatches you see on brochures. If you are not sure always go for a lighter shade of the colour you like.
  • If you do choose a dark wall color it maybe a little over whelming to use it everywhere. You may want to consider using a more natural colour on the other walls.
  • Most paint companies now provide small samples of paint colours so it’s easy to see what the colours look like on your wall before buying a whole tin of paint or testing samples on your wall.
  • Choosing the paint colour should be the last step of the decorating phase.
  • The worst thing that can happen is that you hate the paint colour you have selected. It’s no big deal you can select another colour and paint over it! That’s the great thing about paint.

Step by step guide on how to paint your walls:

  • Paint fumes have a very toxic smell so make sure you open your windows for ventilation.
  • Clean the room. Make sure nothing is on the walls or against the walls. You need a clear space to work with.
  • Prepare the room for painting by sanding, cleaning and repairing holes. If there are crayon or pen marks, cover with a quality stain-locking primer, otherwise the mark will show through even when covered by paint.
  • Remove any nails from the wall and spackle any holes or imperfections. Sand smooth all uneven surfaces.
  • Clean the walls and trim, if needed. Dust along the baseboards, windows, and doorways with a damp cloth or vacuum.
  • Tape off the room. Make sure to use painters tape.
  • Make sure all the gaps and holes are filled.
  • Use a good quality primer, it will reduce the number of coats of paint you require.
  • It’s always best to add two coats of paint over the primer unless one is a high quality one-coat paint. You will not be satisfied with the result if you don’t go ahead and add another coat.
  • Cut in the edges around windows, in corners and where the ceiling meets the walls with a 2-3 inch angled brush. For larger areas, chose a roller.
  • When using a roller, load it with only a small amount of paint from the roller pan. If you load too much paint, it will drip. Go up and down with the roller brush from one side to the other making sure the pattern is uniform. Make sure you get the paint evenly on the area.
  • If you have used painters tape remove it as soon as the paint has dried. If the paint begins to peel, score the edge lightly with a razor.
  • Clean up, put the room back together, and give yourself a pat on the back. You’re finished!

Interior Design Consultant, Ishasaini06@gmail.com