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.

Hiring a Liverpool Painter and Decorator

If you are thinking about hiring a Liverpool painter and decorator for your home, you are best to get a professional Liverpool painter and decorator in first as they will get the job done to a very high standard.

For smaller jobs it may be possible that you don't need a Liverpool painter and decorator you may find you can do this yourself with a little bit of knowledge and know how you could achieve this.

Preparation of your surfaces before the painter and decorator starts to paint is most important to getting a high quality finish. Starting from the top of the room (ceilings) and working down (skirting boards).

How to prepare the ceilings for the painter and decorator:

If your ceiling is freshly plastered not much preparation is needed for the painter and decorator just a slight rub down with a suitable sand paper or scrape of any bits of plaster that may be there. For ceilings that have been painted before scrape any loose flakes of paint or other foreign bodies with a suitable scraper.

Give them a good rub down with suitable sand paper to get a smooth surface for painting. Once this is done to your satisfaction you as the painter are ready to paint the ceiling with your chosen colour, usually two coats of paint should suffice.

If after you have given your ceiling its first coat of paint, you may find holes or cracks that will need to be filled before you put your second coat of paint on. This should be done with suitable poly filler. Once filled leave to dry then rub down and touch this up with your paint using a brush or roller, before giving the whole ceiling its second coat of paint.

How to prepare the walls for the painter and decorator:

Preparation to your walls is much the same as what you have done to your ceiling as in giving them a good rub down and scrape off any loose particles on your walls.

As with your ceilings 2 coats of paint should suffice, however if the paint that was originally on your wall was very dark a further coat of paint may be needed from the painter. As with the ceiling your walls may need to be filled from holes and cracks follow the same steps as in preparing your ceiling.

How to prepare your woodwork for the painter and decorator:

If your woodwork is new and never been painted before, then the painter and decorator should use a water based primer to seal the new wood first. There is no need to rub your new woodwork down before you paint with the water based primer just scrape any loose particles off. Once you have painted with the primer then you should fill all holes if any with suitable poly filler, once this has dried you may rub all the woodwork down with your sand paper getting a smooth finish.

Then dust off with a decorator dust brush. Your next step will be to paint the woodwork with a suitable undercoat this can be water based or oil based paint depending on the decorator needs. This should be then left to dry, once dry you are ready to give your woodwork a final rub down using your sand paper, rub to get a smooth surface for painting, then give a final dust off ready for your final coat of paint, again using either your water based or oil based paint.

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