1. Plan your painting
Talk to a professional (like us) about how long the painting will take before its complete. This will help determine whether you need to arrange some take-out meals for a couple of nights, or different sleeping arrangements. Generally speaking, with the use of low odour and low VOC paints, most areas are accessible as soon as the paint has time to dry.
2. Test out colours before you decide
Paint colours can look very different in your home from the samples in a shop or online. Before you decide on a colour brush out the choices and observe them in the lighting of the room it’s intended to go in. If in doubt, we work with Dulux colour specialists to provide expert colour advice.
3. Get the right finish for the job
The right finish for the right room makes all the difference. For example, Dulux Wash & Wear + Plus Kitchen and Bathroom is a washable paint that has been developed to resist the growth of bacteria and mould on walls. For ceilings, you want a flat finish, and for bedrooms, you will want a wash and wear matt finish, that you can wipe away most common marks with a wet cloth so your walls always look fresh. If you are using a professional, we will provide expert advice about paint finishes.
4. Protect your non-painted areas
Before you commence painting a room, clean out space as much as possible, cover furniture with drop sheets, protect the floors, and mask off all edges, such as windows, doors, skirting etc. with painter’s tape.
5. The proper preparation makes all the difference
For a smooth paint finish, you need to start with a smooth surface. Before painting it is important to prep well. This includes filing gaps, cracks, cleaning walls from dust and dirt, and sanding where necessary. The more time spent in prepping the room, the better the outcome.
6. Determine how much paint is needed
Use a paint calculator to determine how much paint you’ll need. If you’re using professionals like 3 Colours, we’ll do all the calculations for you and only charge what is used. A deep colour base tends to require more coats of paint than a lighter colour. If you’re painting a highly textured surface rather than a smooth one, buy a little extra.
7. Ventilate the space
Ensure there is sufficient ventilation before painting commences. This will speed up the drying process and help clear that new paint smells. Again with the use of low odour, low VOC paints, this is becoming less of an issue.