With the nation on lockdown, many of us are taking the opportunity to do a little DIY around the house. We now have an ocean of time to perform those annoying jobs that gnawed at us in the past.
But there’s a big difference between doing the job and making a good go of it. You can approach a particular decoration task with all the enthusiasm in the world. Still, if your skills aren’t up to the challenge, you can find yourself sorely disappointed.
In this post, we’re going to take a look at some of the professional decorator tips that you can use in your home immediately for better results.
Always Use Decorator’s Tape
Decorator’s tape is probably the most important material you need, besides a brush and paint to paint a wall. Typically, it comes in large blue reels. The idea is to lay it on the boundaries of the areas you wish to paint, so there is no overlap with other sections, such as the coving or the skirting board.
Laying it is surprisingly easy, but you need to ensure that it properly sticks to the wall. If there are gaps, then the paint will seep through, and your walls will wind up looking messy,
Layer Your Paints
You can’t just slap a coat of paint on the wall and expect it to look great. That’s not how it works. A single layer will look blotchy and pick up on all of the imperfections of the underlying wall material.
Decorators, therefore, start by covering the area they intend to paint with Kilz primer. This type of product smoothes out the surface imperfection and prevents them from showing through in the finished article.
The next step is to start layering the topcoats. Most walls aim for a matte finish, while doors and other features, like stair rails, use gloss. In each case, however, sufficient prep is essential.
Put Down Cloth Sheets
Recently, there’s been a trend towards putting down plastic sheets to prevent paint from splattering on the floor. But they create a couple of problems.
For starters, they’re messy. They don’t absorb the paint, so you wind up with wet streaks across the surface that last for hours, covering you and your shoes in the process. And, second, they’re slippery. Plastic sheeting tends to slide around when you walk on it, which is dangerous.
For that reason, professional decorators tend to use cloth sheets when painting a room. They don’t move around much underfoot, and they absorb paint faster.
Sand Your Walls First
If you watch professional decorators at work, you soon notice that they do things differently from you or me. They don’t just whip out the paint and get on with the job. Instead, they spend a lot of time preparing surfaces with sanding paper.
If you need to paint something, be sure to sand as much of the surface as possible. This process will facilitate the adhesion of the paint and result in a better finish.