Top 3 Questions for DIY Wall Painting Answered

By Kristina Bergwall

Posted in Home Decor on September 3, 2017

I’ve painted more walls than I can remember. From previous boyfriends parent’s houses, to my own room as a teenager, and many houses both in Sweden and the UK as an adult. I get it from my dad. From when I was a little pickney, he did up our house one room at a time until all the rooms were done and then he started again. All us siblings have lived in more or less all rooms of the house we grew up in, with internal walls being moved and colours on the walls inevitable changing. Being a bit of a daddies girl, I always got involved in many of the DIY projects, and painting internal walls were definitely one of them.

Throughout the years I’ve made many mistakes when painting, but that’s the only way to really learn. And when it comes to painting (with water based paint), anything that goes wrong can easily be rectified. Nevertheless, I thought I’d share with you my insights and answer 3 common questions when it comes to DIY wall painting…

Angle cut brush in paint

1. What Equipment Do I Need (And What Don’t I Need)?

This is a great question. As with everything, many people tend to over-prepare and buy all the cool gadgets the store suggests you need. However, you can get away with just a few basic things when doing your own internal wall painting. For ease, I’ve made a list of the essential things you will need:

  • Paint
  • Roller
  • Roller tray
  • Angled brush
  • Small brush
  • Blue painter’s tape
  • Drop cloth

That’s literally it. You might also want to grab some toilet or kitchen roll if you spill any paint, and a flat head screw driver or a pair of scissors to open the paint.

A lot of people would argue that you need a tray liner, a pouring spout, and all sorts of other painting accessories, but I’m telling you now, don’t waste your money. You don’t even need a drop cloth if you can find some old newspapers to put down on the floor and tape together with the blue painter’s tape – works just as well.

A small brush is good to have if you need to top up any small areas where you might have missed a spot. The reason why an angled brush is good to have is just that it makes it a bit easier to do the edges. However, if you’re saving on the dough, you only really need one normal brush!

Using blue painters tape

2. What Type Of Colour Do I Use For What Room?

There are different types of colours what will suit different types of rooms and different styles and tastes. Some are more obvious than others, such as ‘Kitchen and Bathroom paint’ (being more durable against water and ware), and others are more down to taste – so what are they and how do you pick one? Here are the main types of paint finishes you can choose from:

  • Matt – this is a smooth, velvety finish which is good for walls that have a bit of a rough finish as it hides imperfections
  • Flat matt – this has even more velvety finish. Works really well with dark colours
  • Eggshell – The clue is in the name for this one! It has a bit more sheen than a matt finish but not as much as the next on the scale which is Silk
  • Silk – this is a mid-range finish in terms of ‘sheen’. They reflect a little bit of light and can be easily wiped off
  • Gloss – again the clue is in the name. This colour has a shiny finish which reflects a lot of light. Perfect for light colours in rooms where you want the light to bounce off the walls

It can make quite a big difference in a room if you pick a different finish, so it’s an important choice to make. If you have kids with a tendency of being very messy for example, I’d recommend a Silk finish for a slightly uneven wall or a Glossy finish for a smooth well-plastered wall. Matt is perfect in old houses where walls might be a bit uneven, and can make a dramatic impression if you’re going for a dark colour.

3. How Do I Get A Straight Line In a Corner of A Feature Wall?

This can be a tricky one! Especially if you’ve got uneven walls. But don’t worry, there are some tricks you can use to get the perfect straight corner for a room in two shades (even if they are black and white).

Top end option would be to use a laser for a perfect feature wall. If you haven’t got that to your disposal, then some blue painter’s tape and patience is all you need. If you’re painting just one of the walls, you need to carefully use blue painter’s tape along the wall you’re not painting to make sure you get a straight and even line in the corner. Make sure to press down properly so no paint can sip through under it. Top tip for when you have finished painting and take this tape off to reveal your straight line: make sure you pull off the tape carefully at an angle along the unpainted wall to not take the dry paint off the wall.

If you’re painting both sides of the corner of your feature wall, you do step one above and move onto doing the same thing again (taping along the corner on the painted but dry wall). Be very careful when removing the tape to not take any paint off.

Pro solution would be to paint free and with a really fine brush, but why do that when you can use tape…

Painting corner of wall

Don’t be afraid to pick up that brush and get your DIY skills dusted off. The worst thing that could happen is that you paint where you weren’t supposed to, and then you can just paint it over with the right paint!

I hope my tips were helpful. If you have any other tips or something to add to these, please do let me know in the comments below. Also please let me know if there are any other questions you’d like answered and I can use them for my next blog post on the subject!

Kristina xx


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