Painting a wall

There’s nothing easier than a new colour on the walls to change décor. Paint like a pro by following these steps.

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Duration : 
1 day

1
Choosing the colour

  • 1.1Select the desired colour and finish.
  • 1.2Take lighting, furniture, wall height, etc. into consideration.
  • 1.3Test the colour choice in different areas of the room by putting the swatch up to the wall.
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Top tip

Use an eggshell finish paint in the rooms that require frequent maintenance. It is much more washable than a matte finish, for example.
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Preparing the room

  • 2.1When possible, remove furniture and accessories. Cover what can’t be taken out with a drop sheet.
  • 2.2Repair any holes or cracks in the walls with drywall compound.
  • 2.3Protect the ceiling and mouldings with masking tape.

3
Painting with the W technique

  • 3.1Trim the mouldings, ceiling, light switches and outlets, etc.
  • 3.2Outline the space to be painted by tracing a W with the roller.
  • 3.3Cover the W in its entirety.
  • 3.4Repeat steps 3.2 and 3.3 until all the walls are painted.
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Top tip

A 2-in-1 paint can be applied directly onto new drywall. If there is already a colour on the walls, it’s best to use a primer first.

Generally, two coats are needed.

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