Got some time up your sleeve? Why not put your time to good use and start that painting project? While it might seem like a big job, refreshing your walls can be achieved in 4 basic steps and it’s an easy way to refresh or completely change the look and feel of a room. Pick a room for each weekend, put on your favourite music and get painting. You can even get the whole family involved in the fun.
Refer to the Choosing the right interior colour blog post for tips and tricks on how to get the look you’re after.
Invest in the Right Tools
Investing in the right tools for the job will not only stand you in good stead for your current paint job but any future projects. Here is a list of equipment you will need before you get started on refreshing your wall:
- Bucket & sponge
- Accent Sugar Soap
- Accent All Purpose Filler
- Masking tape
- Drop sheet
- Sandpaper & block
- Roller & tray
- Extension pole
- Accent Interior (available in Matt, Low Sheen, Semi-gloss, Gloss)
By preparing your walls properly you will make the painting process a much easier one with a great result.
Cover or remove furniture and lay down a drop sheet to protect your carpet or flooring. To prepare the walls: wash down with Accent Sugar Soap, fill any cracks with Accent All Purpose Filler (allowing 30 minutes for dry time), sand back and dust off. Spot prime any patches with Accent Multi Prep. You will then need to mask the trims for cutting in. This means putting masking tape along the edge of the wall, skirting boards or cornices so that the neighbouring wall, floor or ceiling does not get any unwanted paint on it.
2. Cut In
After your wall or ceiling is prepped, it is time to cut in. Cutting in means painting the corners or around fiddly bits like vents and light fittings with a paintbrush. Basically, spots that you wouldn’t be able to reach with a paint roller. Before dipping in your paintbrush to paint, mix the paint with a stirrer in a circular lifting motion.
Now it’s time for the fun part, load the roller with an even amount of paint. Start at the left edge of the wall and roll in an overlapping ‘W’ shape from top to bottom, this ensures even distribution of the paint.
4. Lay Off
Once you have applied 3-4 rollers full of paint, and before the paint has dried, it is time to lay off. This means rolling the roller (when it is ready for more paint, not loaded with paint) with no pressure in a straight line (vertically) starting at the top to ensure even coverage. Continue this process until you have completed the entire wall or section of wall.
There you are! It is as simple as those four steps. The more you paint, the faster and more efficient you will become. Make an impression by refreshing your walls with Accent.
* Calculated for a wall 3m x 3m, 2 coats and 2 hours between coats. Filling, sanding and cleaning prep included.