Interior decorating

All done

Now the project is finished, you need to ensure that you are cleaning and storing your equipment effectively. You can use Turps (otherwise known as White Spirit) to clear brushes that have been dipped in solvent based paint. However, soap and warm water will clean brushes effectively if they have been used in water based… Read more »

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On the Job

Now all the preparation has been done, it’s time to get painting! When painting in the sections near the floor or ceiling, use a smaller handheld paintbrush and keep your hand steady. (Of course, you can always put down masking tape to protect these areas.) It is often a good idea to do this first… Read more »

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Preparing Wood

Preparing wood for painting is actually very simple. Firstly you will need to sand the wood. Sand paper can be purchased from any local hardware store. For the wood you’ll generally be painting over in a room (door frames and window frames) then a medium grit sand paper will be fine. A 120-150 grit paper… Read more »

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Filling Holes & Cracks in Plaster

Plaster is a common feature of many modern homes. It’s great to paint on as it offers a smooth and clean surface. However, when damaged, it can be a pain to repair if you don’t know how. With a little preparation and time, even the most hideous of cracks, dents or holes can be made… Read more »

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Paint Preparation

Prepare like the pros. Professionals have several trade tips that are great ways for the amateur painter to make their DIY project a little easier to handle. Firstly, if you are using multiple cans of the same paint, it’s a good idea to ‘box’ your paint. Boxing your paint is the name given to emptying… Read more »

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Getting Ready

Safety First! Ensure adequate ventilation by opening windows or even using an extraction device when painting in rooms with little or no natural ventilation. Go for canvas floor covering, rather than plastic. Canvas is extremely durable, rip-resistant and easier to place in those difficult to manage corners. It lays flat and presents much less of… Read more »

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