While painting your house can be very challenging, it can still be fun nonetheless. Just follow these five simple steps.
By Nurul Rustam
Some of you may have just received your letter for Vacant Possession (VB) for phase one of Albury in your mail box. The first thing that you want to do right after you receive the keys to your new house is, of course, to paint it! Well, since this will be your dream home, I’m sure you will spare no effort to make sure it will look good. Here are five checklists how to prep your wall before painting it.
#1 Wear safety gears
This is very important especially for newbies who have zero experience. Please make sure you are wearing your safety gears such as the goggles, spectacle and gloves. Also remember to ditch your designer gears and wear your old clothes instead. For safety precautions, you might want to hire an expert instead. Just kidding!
#2 Clean your wall
This is an important step o get a smooth and nice colour on your wall. Clean and smoothen the surface by wiping out the dust or cobwebs on your wall. For most surfaces, you can just use a towel or a vacuum cleaner. However, when cleaning bathroom walls, you should wash it with three tablespoons of detergent to one gallon of water. Also, remember to scrape any cracked or leftover paint flakes with a paint scraper.
#3 Know your brush
This is equally crucial as different brushes are suited for different angles and wall types. For broad strokes on the walls and ceilings, use a roller brush to ensure maximum paint coverage! When painting odd corners or near to skirting, opt for angled brush or small brush with fine tips.
#4 Primer! Primer! Primer!
Ladies, this primer refers to those for painting the wall and not your make-up! However, just like preparing your face before putting on make-up, you also need to do likewise before painting your wall. The primer is for the first layer of your wall. You should choose high quality water-based primer on new dry wall to cover small imperfections on the wall. This will help you achieve a smooth matt finish.
#5 Painting time!
Now that we have covered all the important steps, you’re ready to paint! However, to cover the whole house in as much time as possible, you will need to assemble a whole army of painters – your entire family! After all, a family that gets dirty together, stays together (ok, I came up with this). You should divide the task according to the different rooms to make the most efficient use of your time. Do remember to also lay down the newspapers and cover skirting, door and window frames with a masking tape. Happy painting!