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Byline: Donny Sheridan

After preparing the room, it is time to start painting. The key is to follow and paint in a sequence to ensure no patches are missed.

Use a quality paint because cheaper ones are watery and may need a third coat. Start with the ceiling and work down. Make ceilings white or lighter than the walls so light is reflected down.

If you are not sure what colour to paint the walls keep it natural. Matt emulsion is easier to use and if your preparation is not perfect, silk emulsion highlights all the defects. But it is washable, unlike matt. Decent quality tools are important because you don't want brush hairs or roller marks. If cleaned properly, quality brushes and rollers will last a long time.

1 Paint around the edge of the ceiling or coving. Don't worry about cutting around the edge of the wall at this stage. Simply paint down the wall an inch from the coving or edge.

2 Before you roller the ceiling, get all the brushwork out of the way by painting any ceiling roses or similar ornate features.

3 There are two main types of rollers - ones with a metal cage and ones with plastic end supports. Try to get a roller with a cage because these last longer and provide more support to the sleeve.

4 Attach the roller to an extension pole. Roller the ceiling in short overlapping strokes, working away from a window in bands. This technique ensures there are no missed patches.

5 Once the ceiling has dried, start the walls by cutting in the wall paint to the edge of the ceiling using a 25mm or 50mm brush. Take time to create a neat line of paint and don't overload the brush.

6 Cut the paint into the corners of the room and around any light switches and electrical sockets.

7 It's time to roller the walls. A paint tray is fine but a paint bucket is quicker as it holds more. Fill the bucket base, dip the roller in and roll it along the ribbed sidewalls to spread evenly over the sleeve.

8 The paint needs to be worked into the walls to ensure an even coverage. Work in a cross diagonal fashion, don't press too hard or the roller will leave marks from the roller sleeve.

9 Cross over and roller in the opposite direction so a zigzag pattern is formed and finally work the roller up and down. This ensures an even coverage of paint.

10 There is no need to remove radiators when painting a room. Simply use a mini roller or radiator roller to get behind it.


Top tip

One coat of paint is never enough. Once it has dried give the walls a second coat by repeating the process.

Here's what you'll need..


Step ladders

Paint bucket

Roller extension pole

50mm paint brush

Roller frame

Roller refills (short pile)

Mini roller


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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 23, 2008
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