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DIY: Painting Tips for Experts and Beginners

Alice-India Garwood
by Alice-India Garwood on February 4, 2019

Whilst there’s a lot to be said for hiring someone in to do your painting sometimes it’s exciting to give it a go yourself. But what if you’ve never decorated a room before? Or maybe you have but you need some hot tips to refresh your knowledge? Well we’ve collected some of the most useful tips and info that will help the process go as smoothly as possible.


The key to a smooth paint job, is a properly prepared foundation.

Any cracks and superficial damage will definitely need to be dealt with first. You may want to invest in something like spackle - a paste for covering and filling cracks and holes - to help the job go a bit easier.

"The key to a smooth paint job, is a properly prepared foundation."

Don’t forget to protect anything that you don’t want painted. You can use paper tape to protect edges for instance.

Cleaning your walls is another must. If your walls aren’t clean it may make it harder for the paint to adhere to the wall.

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You will also want to prime the walls to insure that you get the best from your choice of colour. There are some arguments about whether or not priming is entirely necessary, ultimately it is up to you, but we recommend a strong base coat to allow for a better paint job.

Now it’s time to crack on with the actual painting!

Did you know that even when you buy multiple cans of the same colour of paint, they can be slightly different shades. It’s advised that you mix your paint together to ensure an even colour. You wouldn’t want to find out they were different shades when it’s too late.

When you’re painting you’re going to want to start from the edges and work inwards. You need to paint tricky edge areas and around windows before you crack on with the rest of the job.

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"Mix your multiple tins of paint together, to assure you get an even colour."


Don’t pick up too much paint with your brush! You’ll run the risk of a dribbly mess on the walls that you can’t necessarily even out and you’ll make a mess of the surrounding area.

When the painting is done, don’t get over excited. Leave the paper tape on for another day, you don’t want to risk the paint bleeding or smudging.

Newly painted walls always looks a little blotchy or uneven in tone. Our advice? WAIT! Don’t do anything. Let everything dry before examining for any uneven spots and painting over them.

As with anything, patience is the key to success.

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We hope these have given some of you virgin decorators a push in the right direction. It can be intimidating going it alone, but the pay off in the long run could be huge!

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Alice-India Garwood

Alice-India Garwood

Content Marketing Executive at Bobtrade. Interested in design, sustainability and the history of construction. I love all things indie and theatrical.