If you're up for a spot of decorating but don't know where to start, you're not alone! We've put together the definitive guide to make your decorating projects a breeze – and to make sure you get the best possible results with no hiccups along the way. It's much easier than you think, so get that paintbrush and dive in!
Generally, when painting a room, it's advisable to start at the top of the room and work your way down, so that paint isn't dripped onto freshly painted areas.
Step one: Ceiling
To make this easier, a roller pole can be used so you don't need to stretch or work from a stepladder. Follow our step-by-step video guide above for more detail.
Step two: Walls
Our resident experts recommend working in small sections of wall at a time (approximately 3 ft each). When you're using a roller, paint in a vertical direction using a zig-zag pattern. Push the roller upward on the first stroke, then form an 'W' pattern to evenly distribute the paint on the roller. Fill in the 'W' pattern without reloading the roller until you have complete coverage of the area, then continue with this approach until the wall is finished.
Watch our How to Paint a Wall video above to see the whole process.
Step three: Woodwork or trim
The same principle of working top to bottom applies to painting woodwork. Start with your windows so that you get a full day to let the paint dry before closing in the evening. Then paint the door, door frame and architrave, followed by the skirting. By painting the skirting last, there's less risk of the brush picking up carpet fibres or dust, but if you're wallpapering your wall, it's best to paint the skirting before hanging the paper.
Watch our How to Paint a Skirting Board video above for all the steps you need.
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