If your home is in need of a facelift, why not round up the whole family for a DIY painting project? Besides being able to personalise your own spaces, you’ll be surprised at the wonders a fresh new coat of paint can do. But before you jump right in, make sure to be prepared and know what to do for a hassle-free process.


Before painting:

  1. Use sandpaper to smoothen out uneven surfaces so you can paint over easily and nicely. Wrap the sandpaper around a block to make it easier to handle.
  2. Use a good tape to mark out the area you’re painting, so you get a clean finish with no smudges or splatters outside the border.
  3. Clean dirty surfaces with a damp cloth, letting it dry after. This allows the new coat to be applied smoothly, and prevents the paint from chipping or peeling off.

When painting:

  1. If you’re using ready-mixed paints (paints that have been mixed to a customised colour), always stir first so that the paint sediments get mixed evenly for homogeneous colour.
  2. Always begin from the ceiling or top of the walls and work your way down. This is to prevent any dripping paint from ruining a newly completed surface.
  3. Apply several thin coats, rather than one thick coat of paint. Brush on the paint with long and even strokes.
  4. Even when you’re taking a break, close the paint cans tightly so it retains its consistency. When you resume, stir the paint to ensure it is mixed thoroughly for an even coat.
  5. Use turpentine to remove stains caused by oil-based paint. Also, soak brushes and rollers in it for easy washing up.

Information from AzkoNobel, which manufactures Dulux paint.