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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

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

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.

2
Preparing the room

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

3
Painting with the W technique

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

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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