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To ensure your painting project goes as smoothly as possible, make sure you’ve got everything covered with our planning guide. Clever planning and preparation will help keep costs down, save time and help you avoid common mistakes.
Break down your project into the following sections and take the appropriate steps.
We recommend you paint in the following order, leaving enough time to dry between coats:
It’s best to paint top to bottom to avoid any paint dripping from the ceiling onto the walls or drips from the walls landing on the skirting or woodwork.
It’s always better to overestimate the time you think it’ll take, rather than not giving yourself enough time to finish the job. For more information on paint preparation, see our painting FAQs.
If you don’t already have a colour scheme in mind or would like some inspiration, have a look at our paint ideas and advice to decide on the look you want to achieve. The next step is to pick up some paint tester pots. Once applied, they’ll show you what the colour looks like in the room and how it changes with the light.
If you can, paint the testers on a white base and space them out so one colour doesn’t affect your perception of another. If you’re choosing a new sofa, blinds or curtains, get fabric swatches and hold them up against the dry paint samples to ensure they work together.
For long-lasting, vibrant results, it’s essential to choose the right paint for the job. For a full guide to different paint types, see our painting interior FAQs.
If you’re painting over bare wood, you will need to use one coat of primer first to seal the wood then one coat of undercoat before one or two coats of your topcoat. You can buy 2-in-1 primer and undercoat which can negate the need for a separate undercoat. On already painted wood, it’s still advisable to do one coat of undercoat before one or two coats of topcoat. Between each coat, use a fine sandpaper to give the paint a better surface to attach to. This is known as creating a key for the next coat.
Use our handy calculator to find out how much paint you’ll need to decorate your space.
The three main things to consider when choosing a brush are as follows: the type of bristle, the job and the paint being used. As a general rule, use natural or mixed bristle brushes for oil-based paints and synthetic brushes for water-based paints.Shop all Paint Brushes
These are hard-wearing and last a lot longer than natural bristles. They don’t tend to produce tramlines in paintwork as they don’t absorb water and swell like natural bristles.
They don’t work well with water-based paints but they do grab and hold solvent paint well and their split ends help to produce a fine finish.
The larger the area you’re painting, the larger the brush should be. A 1" or 2" brush will give you flexibility when painting doors and skirting boards. For cutting in, we recommend a 2" or 3" brush or a smaller, angled brush. A 5" brush is good for floors, walls and ceilings.
or a smaller, angled brush. A 5" brush is good for floors, walls and ceilings.
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Rollers are great for painting large areas, especially ceilings. The type of roller you choose depends on the wall surface. The rougher the surface of a wall, the longer the hair on the sleeve should be.Shop all Paint Brushes
These perform well on flat surfaces (such as newly plastered walls)
Good for slightly uneven or textured surfaces.
Best for heavily textured surfaces.
These have an extra long pile and are well-suited for very rough surfaces.
Great for oil-based paints.
Always wash new rollers and brushes before use to remove any manufacturing residue or dust.
For walls and ceilings, you’ll need emulsion. Emulsion is a water-based paint and can be applied directly onto previously painted walls, lining paper or textured wallpaper. It usually needs at least two coats and if you’re painting over darker colours or new plaster, maybe more. Emulsion comes in these finishes:
You’re now ready to prepare the walls and woodwork.
You’re now ready to paint.
It’s best to paint top to bottom to avoid any paint dripping from the ceiling onto the walls or drips from the walls landing on the skirting or woodwork. We recommend painting in the following order:
Always follow the manufacturer's instructions and allow the paint to dry before applying the next coat. If you can, leave doors and windows open to aid ventilation.
Use Pink To White Emulsion to ensure you get the best coverage. It’s almost impossible to paint white on white without missing a patch but this paint goes on pink and dries white so you can easily see any areas you might have missed.
Have any questions about painting? Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page