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trying to paint my house but making it look worse please HELP!!

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Hther Sun 09-Aug-09 13:17:50

i thought i was ok at painting, i've painted several houses before and they looked lovely.

This time i'm struggling. It looks so patchy and i did a second coat, something i've rarely needed to do before and it still looks patchy, but ina different way. Before i had lots of white (or rather magnolia) patches, now i've done a second coat, most of these are covered but the walls look patchy still.

Maybe the walls are very porous? Or am i just useless at painting?

can't stand magnolia walls, i think they look absolutely awful, i have to have coloured walls, but councils and housing assocs always seem to paint all walls magnolia before they let the properties, i guess i should just have been grateful they were decorated and left them, and maybe i should complete this room and forget the rest

Hther Sun 09-Aug-09 13:30:50

also meant to say the paint comes off you seem to brush it on and off in same stroke

Naetha Sun 09-Aug-09 13:34:30

Are you using good quality paint? It makes all the difference, also invest in a good roller.

In our house we shied away from magnolia, and most of the house is painted in Leyland paints "Eros" blue which looks gorgeous - it's a pale bluey grey that doesn't make a room look cold or dark. We used Leyland "Midnight Blue" as a feature wall colour in fireplace alcoves etc.

That's just a suggestion if you like blue

Hther Sun 09-Aug-09 13:42:42

dulux blue, i really ahve done good jobs in the past, thebits where i can''t fit a roller are worst, the brush just brushes it straight back off

Overmydeadbody Sun 09-Aug-09 13:45:48

Sounds like poor quality plaster underneeth, or poor quality paint you are painting over.

Is it a new build by any chance? These need 12 months to dry out with just the porous paint the builders put on before any other paint can be applied.

I agree with you RE magnolia, vile colour.

sazm Sun 09-Aug-09 13:50:06

you get little rollers (meant for gloss work) which are great for doing walls too,

LaurieFairyCake Sun 09-Aug-09 13:55:13

It sounds like the walls have been painted in either eggshell or that wipeable paint - hence why you paint it on an it comes off in the next stroke.

I have had to do 3 coats to cover stuff like this.

It's not you smile

saggyhairyarse Tue 11-Aug-09 22:36:32

I think LFC is right, do your walls have a sheen? Are you using matt? It's not you, it's the paint!

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