Painting and Decorating a Room From Start to Finish


Painting and decorating a room from start to finish can be a challenge for many people. But having the knowhow and the correct tools for the job will allow you to complete the job to a standard to be proud of.


Starting with the preparation. Ideally you should first remove all furniture from the room if possible, if this cannot be done then you should place the furniture in the centre of the room away from the walls and cover with dust sheets, also the carpets should be covered with dust sheets to prevent paint splashes. You are now ready to prepare your ceiling and walls before painting and decorating. This should be done by rubbing down the ceiling and walls with an appropriate sand paper to get a smooth finish and also a key for the paint to adhere to the surfaces.


Starting with the ceiling firstly paint the edges and ceiling rose with a 2" or 3" paint brush, this is called cutting in. Once you have cut in you may now proceed to paint the rest of the ceiling with a roller, this should be done by rolling the opposite way from where the light is coming in from the window. This should be allowed to dry, once dry if there are any holes or cracks in the ceiling then these should be filled in with an appropriate interior filler. Leave to dry then rub down and paint over where you have filled, painting over the filled holes and cracks allows the paint to seal the filler and stop it showing through your second coat of paint. Now when this has all dried you are now ready for your second coat of paint following the same steps as your first coat by cutting in first, once ready to roll your ceiling you should do this the opposite way from the first coat and roll in the same direction as the light coming through the window.


As for preparing the walls follow the same steps as the ceiling, by cutting in first, then rolling. When the paint has dried fill in the cracks and holes, allow them to dry then rub down and paint over where you have filled. Once dry you are ready to second coat your walls following the same steps as before.


Preparation of your woodwork is much the same as your ceiling and walls, as in rubbing down and filling; also you may have cracks appearing above your skirting boards and door frames. You should fill these with a decorators caulk, smooth down with your finger and wipe off any excess decorators caulk with a damp sponge or cloth. When this is all dry you are now ready to undercoat your woodwork. Once dry you are now ready for the final stage, firstly rub down your woodwork with an appropriate sand paper to get a smooth surface and a key for your gloss to adhere to then dust off with a dust brush then apply the gloss with your paint brush.


If you are thinking of wallpapering your walls instead of painting them, all your paintwork should be completed before starting to wallpaper. Once your woodwork is completed your walls should be prepared in the same way as in rubbing down and filling in cracks and holes. If it is new plaster then your walls should be sized, this is done by applying a coat of wallpaper paste, using the manufactures guide for the right consistency of the paste. This is to stop the wallpaper from shrinking when drying. You should then mark your wall where you are going to start and draw a straight line down using either a plumb line or spirit level. Then follow each piece round the room making sure your pattern is correct and in line.