If you've been browsing our website for some time, you'll have seen all our wonderful furniture and maybe even browsed all the ranges of Autentico paints that we sell, perhaps you are almost ready to take the plunge and start on your décor project.

So where to start?  Learning from the great artists of old, the best place to start is, of course, the background.  Chances are, you'll have painted walls before.  But there is also a fairly good chance that you have your own disaster stories too.  Kicking over a paint pot, uneven finishes, that dreaded 'cutting in'.

Well, never fear, Eclectic at Home present our guide to painting walls!

Preparation is Everything

It might sound dull, and we've all skimped on this before.  But if the room is prepped properly, it makes the whole task run much more smoothly.  So to prepare, we must take out all of the furniture, or move large pieces to the middle of the room and cover with a dust sheet.  And we mean all furniture.

Those pesky radiators can be drained and removed, it will probably help the efficiency of your heating system to do it and there is nothing worse than radiators with blobs of colour on the edges where people have tried to paint around them - make it easy on yourself by not trying to!

We recommend using a decorating table to get your kit organised on, paint pots are harder to trip over when they are on a table, and get your brushes out and ready to grab on the table too.

Priming your Canvas

Once you have a protected empty shell of a room, we can start preparing the walls.  Any holes and dents can be easily sorted out with some filler at this stage.  We find an easy way to apply this is with one of those plastic cards that stores insist on giving you.  Use as little as you can get away with and, once dry, sand with 120-180 grain paper to get it even to the surface of the wall.  Make sure your walls are clean and ready, sanding and dusting down if necessary.  Now get your masking tape out and cover everything that cannot be removed that you don't want painted; light switches, windows, skirting boards, tape along the edges to give yourself a buffer.

Undercoating for success

And finally, we begin painting!  A coat of white as an undercoat is always a good idea.  This helps your coverage and gives you a better end result.  Use a wide brush and start from the top down.  GOOD NEWS: no 'chipping in'!  We've all done it, and we've all noticed how you can still see it after.  This is because the edges painted first, dry first.  Ideally, we want all the paint on the wall to dry at a similar rate to avoid this.  You'll also notice that we don't recommend rollers.  Patchy and uneven paint work is often down to rollers (especially the cheaper ones) and using a brush allows you perfect control over the paint surface.  If it looks too thick you can simply go over, spreading the paint across a larger area.  Too thin, add more.  Simple but effective.

Painting like a maestro

Once this undercoat is dry, we are on to the last leg.  Now we can apply our desired colour.  The preferred method with Autentico paints, is two thin coats.  Apply in the same way as before for a perfectly even finish, letting dry thoroughly between the coats.

And then we're done!  And we can now step back and admire our masterful handywork!  Remove all the masking tape to reveal your perfect clean edges.  Put your radiators back on to marvel at your clean heaters and even paint all around them.  Never again will you have that gnawing feeling that you could have done a better job.  Sit back and relax in your fabulous new room.

Now some extra tips:

  • If you do spill paint, gather up as much as possible and remove it.  Now apply a generous amount of cat litter.  It soaks the paint up a treat.  If it has already started to dry into the floor use a little paint thinner before the cat litter.
  • A large elastic band around the paint tin is the ideal way to scrape excess off brushes.  It keeps the sides of your tin paint free and excess is pushed back into the pot for economic use.
  • It is worth keeping a piece of wood, bamboo or even an old wooden spoon for the express purpose of stirring paint.
  • If your paint has formed a skin on top, it can still be used!  Utilise an old pair of ladies tights to strain the paint into another tin.  The skin will be contained in the tights, leaving you only fresh paint.
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Post By Sadie Woolcock