Painting the walls of one’s own home is an initiative taken by more and more individuals wishing to reduce the cost of their work. The disappointments are numerous, however, because painting, apparently easy and within reach of all, can prove to be a delicate stage! If you also want to get started in the ballet of rolls and brushes, here are our golden rules to follow!
First step: preparation
All professionals will tell you, we do not go into painting without going through the preparation phase! First of all, the part must be perfectly protected, otherwise the soil will be degraded by the paint job. Empty the room to the maximum (furniture, wall accessories, decoration, curtains, etc.) and tape the tarp over the entire surface on the floor. Do not hesitate to protect the furniture that you have not been able to move (piano, sofa …) with old sheets or a protective tarpaulin, sold in the form of rolls in all do-it-yourself signs. Finally, protect yourself by swapping your clothes against a comfortable work uniform that does not fear the tasks! Used cap, mask and gloves are also de rigueur.
Before you embark, prepare your job well! (Photo: Dulux Valentine)
Second recommendation, inquire about the weather. Do you think that’s weird? This detail is important. Indeed, in cold or too wet weather, your paint will take a long time to dry. Above 30 ° C, it will dry too fast, which in the long run can affect its longevity. Finally wind can bring dust on your freshly applied paint! Remember to ventilate the room during and after your work in order to clear the atmosphere of all the polluting particles.
On the tooling side, you will need a roller (short-haired if your paint is shiny, long-haired or semi-long for matt and satin-finish paint), a brush to clear the corners, a (also called “painter’s tape”), a stepladder and a tray filled with water or white spirit (depending on the type of paint used, water or glycero).
Painting a wall implies that the wall is in good condition, that is to say clean, smooth and without fissures. Do not hesitate to coat the small cracks yourself before sanding the plaster once dry. If these are relatively large, or if the wall is too damaged, do not hesitate to call a professional: the coating is an art difficult to master. If your wall is simply dirty, good washing with water and mild detergent will be enough to remove any grease, tobacco, fingerprints, etc. Then mix your paint in your pot with a stick or a piece of wood, and let’s go!
The secret of a successful painting? A well prepared wall! Do not hesitate to ask a professional for the plaster (photo: Travauxbricolage.fr)
Begin by freeing the corners and edges with a round-ended brush or a special roll to reclaim. Next step, the roller for the undercoat: do not skip this step because the paint could then adhere poorly to the wall, sometimes porous. Once your undercoat is dry, start the application of the first coat, being careful not to put too much paint on your tool every time! Your roller must contain the right dose, neither too much nor too little, so it must be half soaked in the pot and then remove the excess by rolling on the spin grid.
The paint must be thoroughly mixed in the pot before the first application (photo: Renovations and works)
Even if you have opted for a single-coat paint, the result will always be better by ironing a second time. Wait until your first coat dries (indications on the pot, according to the marks and the type of paint chosen) before passing the second one. When everything is dry, carefully remove the marking tape and the tarpaulins. Remember to ventilate the room before repositioning your furniture because the paint remains harmful, especially for children and pregnant women.