10 Mar 2017
There’s nothing like repainting your new house to stamp your personality on the place. This is especially true if the previous owner thought that neon pink was a great colour for a living room.
Of course, not everyone is a painting expert so it’s easy to go wrong when you start out. However, we’re here to help so we’ve looked at some common painting mistakes and how to avoid them.
1. The room just looks wrong
Choosing paint is about more than just picking your favourite colour. Cooler paint tones make walls recede and the room feel more spacious. Pale ceilings make a room feel taller. A glossy paint reflects the light better in a dark room to make it feel brighter.
There’s a bit of psychology to the way you paint a room so do your research before jumping in. There’s not much you can do if your 14-year-old punk rocker wants to paint their bedroom black but you can apply what you learn to the rest of the house.
2. Your furniture is covered in paint
Before you start, the first step is to move all the furniture to the centre of the room. This makes it easier to access the walls but it also lets you cover everything with old sheets. Otherwise, your furniture will end up with a new paint splatter design that you never wanted.
3. You end up with brown walls
Paint may have one colour on the can but it can look very different on your walls.
Always get a sample before you paint an entire wall. Test a small patch of your wall, allow it to dry and observe it in daylight and at night before you commit. That way, you’ll always get the colour that you actually want.
4. You run out of paint
The last thing you want to do is to run out of paint when you’re halfway through a project. The easiest way to avoid this is to work out the size of your room and use a paint calculator to see what you need. Don’t forget that you’ll probably need at least two coats if the walls aren’t primed.
5. You end up with unpainted gaps in the room corners
A paint roller is a great invention. It saves time and it helps to get a smooth finish. Still, you need to get a brush out to do the corners, the edges of the ceiling and the skirting board.
Always do these parts before rolling so that you can smooth out brush marks afterwards. Try and do the rolling when the paint is still wet to ensure that the finish is consistent.
6. You end up cursing gravity
There’s a very simple rule to painting - paint from the top down. This isn’t a philosophical stance or something that should be debated. It just makes sense. Gravity isn’t something you can argue with and paint can be relied upon to drip downwards.
So the first thing to do is paint the ceiling. This means that your newly painted walls won’t end up covered in drips. Once you’ve finished the ceiling, start painting the walls from the top down to avoid drip marks that need to be smoothed out or re-brushed when you’re finished.
7. Your walls look like the surface of the moon
New walls need to be cleaned and sanded down to tidy up imperfections, level out excess filler and remove bumps or cracks. If the walls aren’t smooth before you start, they’re not going to look any better once you apply paint.
Preparation is everything so take the time to get it right before you open a can of paint. It may take a bit of elbow grease but having a smooth surface will ensure that your walls look great by the time you finish painting.
And sure great-looking walls are everything you dreamed of!
Are you thinking of buying your own home?
Before you start worrying about paint, the first step is to find out if you’re eligible for a mortgage. Simply call into your local EBS office for a chat with one of our friendly mortgage advisors.
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