There is something fun about designing the mood of a room by choosing the right paint color. True, white walls are stylish and go well with almost any interior. But if you choose the right color, the one that suits your home, then it will look more unique. So let’s go, the choice of colors, then the preparation of your site. This is preponderant. It is on her that the final result depends. So don’t rush, don’t be impatient. Follow the steps as you go. We explain how to do this step by step below.
Step 1 – Prepare the Wall Properly
Wipe down your wall with a rag. Clean the wall with soap and water. Before painting, your wall must be completely clean, dry, free of dust – in short, quite healthy. Fill in the holes in the wall because it is also important to level any irregularities: fill any holes left by dowels, cracks or uneven areas if there are any with a plaster that you will take care to smooth. In order to achieve a perfect smoothing, you can sand your wall. Before doing all of this, you will have protected your floor and removed the socket covers and baseboards if possible.
Step 2 – Hide the areas to be protected with adhesive tape
Just as you just protected the floor – which you need to glue down so that it doesn’t slip, use tape to mask the surfaces you don’t want to paint. If you are going to paint your ceiling, stick fairly large masking tape. You’ll take it off pretty quickly after painting so that you get a beautiful parting rather than a fairly uneven line.
To be able to paint your wall or ceiling, you need some basic equipment. It consists of a bucket or a paint tray, a squeegee, a roller and possibly a corner brush. Today, commercially available paints are ready to use. The area that you can paint with a color is usually listed on the container. It is better to calculate a little more so as not to have unpleasant surprises.
Step 3 – Apply a primer before painting
Since your wall is made of plaster, a highly absorbent material if there is one, it is best to apply a primer before painting. Otherwise your wall will totally absorb the paint. The primer has two functions: it further evens the surface of your wall and facilitates adhesion with the topcoat. In order to paint in optimal conditions, it is recommended not to paint in a room that is too cold or too hot but at a moderate temperature otherwise it can promote the appearance of irregularities on the surface of your wall.
Step 4 – start painting at the corners
Start your painting operation in the most strategic places: start by painting a strip of a few centimeters in the corners, around the window and around the sockets and switches. Remember that your baseboards should be painted with varnish and your radiators with a special heat-resistant paint.
Step 5 – Paint the ceiling before the walls
Paint the ceiling first and then the walls. Choose the color you like and work! Treat large areas with a wide roller. For even paint application, wipe your roller regularly. You can use a telescopic handle to paint your ceiling, and also for your walls. Of course, the best way to achieve a high ceiling is to use a ladder. Make sure you have a good position.
Step 6 – Use the right painting technique
Paint your wall first lengthwise, then across and finally again lengthwise with a straight overlap. This will distribute the color evenly. Proceed square meter by square meter. And never put a new coat of paint on paint that is already dry. This allows you a perfect result, with no unsightly line or visible sweep. It is therefore best to work in three stages: first apply the paint, then distribute it and finally unroll it. Roll your brush first in one direction, then in the opposite direction and finally in the initial direction. Alternate horizontal and vertical bands. Once your wall is covered, take some distance.
Step 7 – Apply Enough Coats of Paint
How many coats to apply? It depends on the chosen color. For light tones, you can settle for two coats. For bright or dark tones or even very shiny tones, you may need to apply three coats of paint. The important thing is to apply by starting a primer. There are some available in the color of your finish paint.
Step 8 – Clean your equipment
Are you tempted to leave your brushes and rollers hanging? This is probably not the right method to adopt. On the other hand, you do not have to wash your equipment as soon as the painting is finished. You can wrap them in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, wait for the paint to dry, and clean them the next day. The best in this case is all the same to refer to the manufacturer’s information: read the instructions for use on your paint cans.
Painting with application pays off. If you prepare correctly and paint conscientiously, the result is bound to be successful. With a few helpful tips, the right paint color, and the right tools, you can easily renew your wall color.