Painting a room

Job description:

Painting a room is a job many people like to undertake themselves. However, to get a professional finish there are certain steps which should be followed including good preparation of the walls and and woodwork (skirting boards, dado rails, picture rails etc). This guide takes you through a simple step by step process so that you achieve a quality finish with minimum of fuss.

Skill level: 1 – beginner

Materials required:
  • Wallpaper stripper
  • Wallpaper scrape
  • Polyfill
  • Putty knife
  • Detailed sander
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Wood paint
  • Paint roller
  • Paint tray
  • Paint Brushes
  • Masking tape

Step by step guide to prepare and paint a room:

1. Clear the room of all furniture, carpets, curtains etc and lay dust sheets to protect your floor

2. Go round the room and remove all nails and hooks in the wall

3. If the room is currently wallpapered the first job will be to remove it. This requires a wallpaper stripper machine which uses steam to melt the glue holding the paper to the wall

4. Hold the steamer nozzle against the wall for a few seconds and use a wallpaper scraper to scrape off the paper - be careful not to leave the nozzle in one area too long as the steam will eventually damage the plaster behind

5. Once the wallpaper is removed carefully wipe down the walls to remove all remaining traces of the glue

6. Use the polyfill and putty knife to fill any holes or cracks in the plaster and leave to dry overnight

7. Using the detailed sander, sand back the polyfill until it is flush with the wall and smooth to the touch

8. Gently sand any woodwork such as skirting boards and picture rails until they are clean and smooth

9. Before painting make sure all the dust created from the sanding has gone and is not stuck to the walls

10. Use to roller to paint the large areas and thin brush to work around the edges, ceiling, floor and woodwork

11. Once dry repeat 2 - 3 times depending on how many coats of paint you require

12. Allow to dry fully and then use the masking tape to carefully tape above and below all your woodwork to protect the walls you have just painted

13. Paint your woodwork using suitable paint and a small brush, again repeat 2 - 3 times as required

14. Once all is completely dry return all of your furnishings to the room

Care and Maintenance:

In heavily used room walls and woodwork will become marked overtime. Keep some of the paint in reserve for general touch up work from time to time.

If you are thinking of undertaking this work please make sure you are fully aware of all that is involved and the time it takes. If you are unsure we always recommend you use a professional tradesman, to find a local decorator post your job here.

The information provided in this guide is to be used strictly for guidance only. We recommend you always read the manufacturer's instructions.