Painting a room might look like an easy job, but you can only make a success of it if you prepare well enough. We're about to tell you everything you ever needed to know about how to paint a room.
PREPARATION IS KEY
To get a great finish, you must start with good preparation. Remove what furniture you can from the room and protect everything else with dust sheets.
Plastic dust sheets can be slippery and tend to spread any spilled paint so you might be better using a cotton dust sheet that will soak up the paint, or better still, a cotton dust sheet with plastic backing will give double protection. Have a roll of paper towels or wipes to hand for any spills.
It's important that the surfaces you're planning to paint are in sound condition. Check existing wallpaper, paint or varnish on your walls, window frames, doors and ceilings. Wallpaper or peeling paint should be stripped, nails or fixings removed and any cracks and holes filled in.
Once the filler has dried, use sandpaper to smooth the area. Make sure surfaces are clean, dry and free of any dust or dirt then use low-tack masking tape to cover and protect light switches, plug sockets and skirting boards. Remove the masking tape once you've finished painting each surface to ensure you get a clean line.
If you're planning on painting a wooden surface, the same principle applies – it's important to ensure the area is clean and sanded down to a smooth finish before you begin.