4 DIY Tips: How to Paint a Room like a Pro


A neatly painted room with a punchy colour is always a great way to renew and refresh your home. New colour adds depth and brings cheer to a room that feels dated, tired or is in need of some TLC. Add a splash of colour to your home with a new coat of paint and remember to paint like a pro for the best results!

Painting advice is a gem when looking to repaint a room. DIY painting projects are not as easy as they look – it certainly doesn’t pay off to toss colour onto a wall and risk the chances of unwanted stains, unnecessary dripping or patchy marks.  Hiring a professional to fix your mistakes can be a costly exercise and could take longer than expected, which is both inconvenient and expensive. Follow these four tips to ensure that your room looks like it was painted by a pro!

Tip #1: Plan and Prepare

The last thing that you want to be doing is running around looking for your brushes, rollers and covers once you have already cracked open the can of paint. Ensure that you are organised before you begin the process as this will save you time and it will also save you from a massive clean-up. Make a list of the equipment that you will need – from paintbrushes to masking tape. Remember to add smaller brushes to your list as these are necessary for corners and trims.

Once you have gathered the necessary tools, move the furniture out of the way and cover any items that are too heavy to move. Place large sheets of plastic or old cotton sheets over the furniture to protect it from any spills or splatters.  Lay plastic and old sheets onto the floor to ensure that your carpets, tiles or wooden floors are not at risk of damage.

Tip #2: Repair, Fill and Scrape

In order to achieve a neat and smooth finish, the surface needs to be in the best condition. As you prepare to paint your room, scrape away any flaking paint, fill any holes with Polyfilla and sand down any glossy surfaces. This will ensure that your paint job looks neat, smooth and professional. It is important to remember that all cracks must be filled to ensure that your new coat of paint does not look neglected.

Tip #3: Prepare the Room 

Before you begin your paint job, ensure that you remove all electrical switches, outlet covers and fixtures.  These can be reattached when the job is complete. Removing them will ensure that you cover the entire wall in long, smooth strokes.

To avoid blotches and stains, use proper painter’s masking tape to corner off windows, trimmings, skirting and door frames. Carefully place the masking tape along the necessary areas and let it settle before you begin with your painting. Before you begin, recheck and add pressure to the tape to ensure that there are no air bubbles that the paint can seep into. Ensure that all of the surfaces are clean and dry before painting.

Tip #4: Pay Attention to the Fine Details

A professional finish comes from paying attention the fine details. Use a brush to paint along the edges of the walls, along the masking tape. Use a finer brush to paint around outlets and fittings to ensure that you don’t drip the paint. Use a paint roller to paste the rest of the walls. Once the first coat is dry, repeat the process once again and then three times if the colour is light. To ensure that the finish looks smooth and not patchy, use the finer brush to retrace your patterns around outlets and fittings. Ensure that your brush strokes follow the same direction. Wait until the paint is dry before you remove the tape. It is suggested that you wait for 12 to 24 hours before removing the tape.

Turn your tired room into a fresh new space by following these top tips! Your paint job is guaranteed to look neat and professional. Maximise your budget by perfecting this DIY project and avoid splurging on professionals. Locate your nearest Jack’s Paint & Hardware Store to view a wide selection of top-quality paints and tools.