Do you feel like your house is starting to look a bit tired and could do with a freshen up? Or maybe you’ve just moved into a house and have a whole canvas of walls to paint? What better way to make it feel like a brand new house than to redecorate with a lick of paint.
Whether it’s the interior or exterior of your house, you can make a big difference to the appearance of it, making it look like new again. In this guide, we’re going to give you all the advice and tips for painting your house. From the preparation to the finishing touches, we’re going to discuss it all in this article.
• Tools, Equipment and Preparation
• Protective Gear
• Tools and Equipment
• Final Touches
• A Comparison to Other Decorating Methods
• Tools and Equipment
• Protective Gear
• Final Touches
• Comparison of Painting to Other Decorating Methods
Tired of looking at the same old walls that have seen better days? By repainting the walls in your house, it can make such a big difference to the rooms and make them like new again. This could be just going over with the same colour to give it a freshen up, or changing to a new colour completely to make it feel like a new room. On the other hand, you might’ve just moved into a new house and have a blank canvas to start painting on. Whichever one it is, we’re going to talk through to the different stages of painting your house.
Tools, Equipment and Preparation
Firstly, you will need to make sure you have all your tools and equipment ready for painting. Not only do you need to make sure you have everything ready to paint, but also need to think about protective equipment for yourself and your home.
Make sure you’ve got some decorating clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on. You may also feel like you need goggles and a dust mask, to protect yourself from the paint fumes. Although this isn’t necessary to paint, these help to ensure there’s little risk to your health.
For the room you’re painting, you want to make sure that you don’t get any paint anywhere other than the walls. To make sure your furniture is protected, you’ll need dust sheets, masking tape and decorating cloths. The best thing to do is try and move as much furniture as possible out of the room, to save it from getting any paint damage on it. However, this isn’t always possible and you want to prevent any damage to the flooring as well. By putting dust sheets down or covers, you are protecting all furniture and if you were to spill any paint, it will land on the dust sheets and not on any furniture. It’s important to make sure you try to cover as much of the room as possible with dust sheets or covers so you know they’re protected.
You then need to go round all the edges with masking tape to prevent any paint getting on areas such as the doors, light switches and skirting boards. This makes it easier when painting around these areas as you have the masking tape there as a guide and any stray paint will go onto the tape. A decorating cloth is also useful to wipe down the surfaces you’re painting beforehand. This makes sure there is no dust on the surface and therefore, gives a better, overall finish when painting. Once the basics of preparing your room are to make sure all furniture is protected with dust sheets, apply masking tape to the areas that don’t need painting and wipes down all surfaces to remove any dust.
Tools and Equipment
Now down to the tools and equipment you’ll need for painting. Although these aren’t always necessary, by using them can give you a better finish and make the paint last longer. A paint primer can be used before applying the colour paint. The idea of a primer is that is seals the original material to prevent the paint from soaking into it. It also helps to hide joints and seams in the walls so overall, gives the finishing touch a better appearance. However, this isn’t necessary to paint so this step can be skipped if you’d like to get started more quickly.
You’ll then, of course, need your chosen paint, roller set, brushes and a step ladder if needed. It’s good to have a few different types of brushes, different angles, thickness etc. so you can get to all the different places needed. A roller set also makes it a lot easier when it comes to painting the walls as they cover a much bigger area. You may also find that a step ladder is needed to get to the areas higher up so they can be painted properly. By going up on a step ladder, you might find that you can do a more accurate job as you are closer to the area to be able to paint it.
A few other things you may find useful to painting is filler, a scraper and sandpaper. You may find some areas need filling in where there are gaps in the wall to make it all even. The scraper can be used to get rid of any uneven surfaces as well as the sandpaper that can be used on the wall to create a smoother and even finish.
These are all the basics of what you’ll need for painting your rooms, once you’ve got these, you’re ready to go
Preparation is important when it comes to painting to ensure your house is protected and make sure you get the best possible finish. To start with, you will need to try and remove as much furniture as possible from the room you’re painting. You then need to take the dust sheets or covers and put these over any furniture and on the floor. You can stick these down with masking tape as well to save you from tripping over them whilst painting. You then need to go round all of the edges so things like the skirting boards, door frames, light switches etc. Anything that you don’t want to get paint on, needs masking tape applied around it.
The final preparation is to clean down the walls to remove any dirt and dust that might be on them. By removing this, you will get a better finish at the end of your painting. Whilst preparing them, you may found that there are some gaps or uneven parts of the wall. If so, you can either fill them in with a filler or use sandpaper to sand down the uneven areas. It’s best to do all of this beforehand. Preparation plays a key part in painting to ensure your walls are ready and get the best possible outcome.
Not only do you need to make sure the walls are ready, but you also need to make sure you are. Make sure you have your painting clothes on and any protective equipment that you might need.
Now, onto the main part that is painting! You’ve got all your room and yourself prepared so it’s time to make a start on the painting. A good tip is to paint with a small brush, around all the edges of the wall first. These are the parts that require more accuracy and it’s much easier to get them done first, before painting most of the wall. By using a small brush, you can get into all the small areas as well. This is why it’s always good to have a set of different brushes as you may need different angles to get into the smaller areas.
Once you’ve gone round all of the edges at the top and bottom of the wall and round the harder areas such as the door and light switches, you can then move onto the rest of the wall. For the rest of the wall, it’s much easier to use a paint roller or paint pad as it covers a lot more of the area, meaning you don’t spend as long painting it. It’s quite simple, just pour your paint into the tray, grab your roller and start painting.
Depending on the colour and finish of your paint, you might need a few coats. Let the first coat dry before doing a second one and then see if you need any more.
You’ve now painted your walls but it doesn’t finish there. Once you’re happy with them and they don’t need any more coats, you can then finish it off. You’ll need to clean all the brushes, trays and rollers used so that they can be reused in the future. Before packing everything away, to finish it off you may want to go over the gloss areas. These are the areas such as the skirting board and it can make a big difference by giving them a freshen up, to match the newly painted room. It’s easier to do this whilst all of your equipment and dust sheets are still out to prevent any gloss getting on the furniture.
All you’ll need to do is grab another paintbrush, gloss and remove the masking tape on these areas. You may find it useful to add masking tape to the wall, to avoid getting any gloss on the paint. However, if you do this, make sure you wait until the paint is completely dry as you may pull some of it off with the masking tape.
If you’re happy with the painting and are now done, all you need to do it pack everything away and return your room to normal.
And that’s it! It’s as easy as that! Once you’ve got your tools and equipment, these can be reused in the future as long as they have been cleaned properly. If you have any paint leftover as well, it’s always good to keep this as you may want to use it in the future for another project.
A Comparison to Other Decorating Methods
As well as painting, there are other alternatives to decorating your house. This can be things such as wallpaper or bare bricks. This next part is going to look at the other types of decorating in comparison to painting.
Firstly, let’s start with the most common one being wallpaper. Wallpaper is something that you would commonly have on one wall and then the rest painted. Wallpaper is good if you are wanting a patterned wall, it makes it much easier than trying to paint a design on. The downside to wallpaper is that it can be quite tricky to apply to your walls. It is also very common that you end up painting most of the walls anyway and just have one wallpapered wall so if you aren’t bothered about having a pretty pattern on it, it’ much easier to paint the walls.
Another decorating method is just simply having art and photos on your walls. This is very simple but can make a big difference to a plain wall. This can also include things such as shelves, items, fabrics etc. However, if you’re wanting to add a bit of colour to the house, painting is the best way to go about this.
Tiles can also be used to decorate a house, this is more commonly found in a kitchen or bathroom though. You can get a wide variety of different colours and patterns when it comes to tiles and they can transform a room. Depending on the room you’re decorating, you could consider tiles. Although tiling can look nice, you will more than likely need to paint some of the room where the tiles don’t cover.
Bare bricks can also be common in houses to just have the bricks in rooms, rather than them being covered up. This gives a more rustic look but can make the house cold in the winter and also doesn’t give a lot of colour to the house.
In summary, there are different ways you can decorate your house but most methods will always come with a bit of painting to do. Paint is an excellent way to brighten up and transform a room and it also very easy to do.
As well as painting the inside of your house, you can also paint it externally to give it a new look or to simply just brighten it up. Some houses will comes with some of the walls already painted on the outside. After a few years, these can start to look a bit tired and change the appearance of the house. You can transform the way the house looks by simply just painting it.
Tools and Equipment
To start with, you need to make sure you have all the correct tools and equipment, ready for painting the exterior of your house. This is different from the interior so make sure that you keep these tools separate.
A multipurpose tool can be useful for things such as pulling out nails, scraping any paint off and cleaning out cracks before filling them. These are things that can also be bought separately.
The most obvious piece of equipment that you will need is, of course, a ladder. As you will be going high up, make sure you have a ladder to enable you to paint the whole area needed.
A good tip is that if you have trees, bushes and plants nearby to where you’re painting, you may want to cover these with sheets. This helps to protect them from any damage and paint getting onto them.
Make sure that you have surface prep tools for getting the wall ready. This might be a pressure washer to remove any dirt and debris from the area and even scraping tools to remove any peeling paint. If you find cracks and holes whilst preparing it, then this can be filled in and if you find some areas are uneven, these can be sanded down. Very similar to the interior, it’s important to prepare the wall correctly.
Just like your interior, you will need rollers and brushes for the painting. Have a variety of these for the different areas you will be painting, some areas may need a smaller brush for accuracy. You may also need more narrow rollers for certain areas of the wall. It is much easier to use a roller when painting such a big area of the wall.
Something that is very useful for painting outside and such a big space is a paint sprayer. This can make the job much quicker and easier as it covers such a wide range of the wall. Once you’ve painted your more actuate parts of the wall, it’s then very easy to do the rest of it with a paint sprayer.
Like internal painting, is it also important to make sure you have protective equipment for yourself to prevent any harm to yourself. This may be things such as protective shoes, goggles and masks. For further information, we’ve included lots of information in the ‘Internal Painting’ section above.
Very similar to preparing the walls inside your house, you need to make sure you protect anything around your house. If you have plants, bushes or furniture nearby to where you are painting, make sure these are covered with sheets to prevent any paint damaging them. Also, make sure you’re ready in your painting clothes and any protective equipment needed.
In terms of preparation, you will need to make sure anything is removed from the surface. This might be nails, dirt, debris etc. Nails can be pulled out the wall and any cracks and holes can be filled in using filler. To remove dirt and debris, you can use a pressure washer to easily remove this, making it quick and easy to do. You will also need to check for any uneven areas and sand them down and any existing paint that may be peeling off can be removed using a scraper. These are the basics of preparing your walls, ready for painting.
Once you’ve prepared your walls, you can now start with the painting. For areas that require more accuracy such as around windows and doors, paint these using either a brush and or small roller. For the rest of the wall, it is much easier to use a paint sprayer or large roller as these cover more area. You may find it quite different from interior painting as less accuracy is required. The wall is a much larger area with fewer things in the way. For the higher up places, you may need a ladder to reach these and may find that they are easier to do with a roller or sprayer as these tend to be quicker, meaning you will have less time spent up on a ladder.
When compared to interior painting, there isn’t as much finishing off to do. All you need to do is clean anything that has been used so it can be used again in the future and remove any covers that have been put down. All furniture can be put back but just be careful of the painted walls for a few days to give them a chance to dry properly.
It’s quite easy and straight forward when it comes to painting the exterior of your house, as long as you have all the correct equipment and tools.
Comparison of Painting to Other Decorating Methods
There are other ways you can change the outside appearance of your house as well as painting. We’re going to have a look at these different methods in comparison to painting.
Acrylic render can be used on the outside of your house and can be quite common. The small fibres give it a durable finish to prevent it from cracking. Silicone can also be used with this to give it a longer life and to keep it cleaner.
Cement render is another method where the cement is mixed on-site and about 3-4 layers are applied. This can be a cheaper method, however for it to look nice, you will need to regularly paint it.
Finally, cladding can also be used to change the appearance of a building but also provides thermal insulation as well. Cladding is durable and resistant to water damage, making it long-lasting. It’s also much lower maintenance than most of other materials and methods that may be used on buildings. However, it does come with its disadvantages of rusting, discolouration and over time it can deteriorate.
When comparing these methods with painting, all of these can cost a lot more money and require someone to come and do it for you. With painting, it is something you can easily do yourself and keep on top of. Every so often, you will need to touch the paint up but it is a lot easier to look after and take care of yourself, compared to other methods.
In this article, we have given tips and advice on everything you need to paint internally and externally. Both of these are very similar but require slightly different things. We have looked at what is needed, how to prepare our walls for the best outcome, tips on painting and how to add the finishing touches.
We also looked at different decorating methods. For internal use, most methods require some sort of painting to go with it. With the exterior, many different methods don’t require painting but do cost more and require hiring someone to come and do it for you. From comparing them, we can see that painting is an easy, quick and cheaper way to transform your home and make it look like new again.
We hope you enjoy your decorating and we hope the above comes in useful to you!