How To Prepare Your Walls For Paint

 
Painting your home is one of the simplest and cost effective ways of updating your décor and with so many shades and finishes to choose from you can transform each room whether you desire a contemporary look or a traditional feel. Painting your walls can be daunting if you are new to the process so we have put together a guide to help you prepare your walls for paint in four simple steps.
 
 
Protect Unpainted Portions of the Room 
 
Before you begin the painting process, the first step should be to protect the areas that you want to keep paint free. Use drop cloths to cover your floors and remove as much furniture from the room as possible. If you do decide to leave cabinets, tables or chairs in the room, be sure to cover them with drop cloths to avoid any spills. If you have any picture frames or mirrors, these will also need to be removed and stored until the painting process is complete. Lastly, remove any light switch plates and cover any light fittings. 
 
Wash the Walls
 
Once you have prepared the room, it is time to turn your attention to the walls themselves. In order for your paint to glide on smoothly and create a flawless finish, you will need to give your walls a little TLC. Over the years, surface dirt can build up and painting directly over this layer of dirt can result in poor adhesion. Washing the walls using a mild detergent will remove this unwanted layer and create a smooth canvas on which to apply the paint. Let the walls dry before applying the first coat. 
 
Smooth Imperfections Away
 
If you are faced with cracked or flaking paint, this will need to be removed before you can apply a fresh coat of paint. Use a paint scraper to remove any flaky paint and smooth out any bumps in the plaster with sandpaper. Once this step is complete, you should be left with a smooth surface on which to apply your chosen paint shade. 
 
Prime the Walls 
 
The previous steps can involve a fair amount of elbow grease depending on the condition of your walls but you will be pleased to know that after all of that hard work, the fun can finally begin. To ensure your walls look their best, begin the painting process with a layer of primer. This will not only hide any imperfections but it will also help the paint glide on and get the professional look you desire. 
 
Preparing your walls for paint is simple with our top tips. 
 
Now you’re ready for some colour, so check out our extensive range of shades to give your room a transformation.