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decorating help please!

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surprisenumber3 Fri 24-Jul-09 15:16:46

I need to paint the hall/stairs/landing skirting boards, doors and ceiling.

I have never really decorated before, DH does all that, but he's too busy working at the moment so I am going to do it.

He thinks I should just wait for him but I want to do it. So, wise MNers, what do I need to do? Do I need to sand down first? (there are some metal doorframes with chipped paint). Do I use gloss apart from the ceiling? and what sort of brush should I get? What is good to use to stop it going on carpet?

Sorry to sound thick but I want to do it properly

surprisenumber3 Fri 24-Jul-09 15:17:26

oh and it's cream at the moment but am thinking of doing it a brilliant white to make it look cleaner.

Good idea or bad?

tibni Fri 24-Jul-09 15:28:20

I'm no expert but you need to sand and then prime an bare wood / metal. Next undercoat then gloss. You can get self undercoat paint but it gets mixed reviews. For a really good job you should lightly sand between each coat to provide a key for the next coat of paint using a very fine paper.

It is best to wash walls down with a sugar soap solution first.
Ceiling and walls need emulsion paint which is waterbased. Probably need 2 coats.

Best to get a reasonable quality brush - they do them that do not shed bristles.

For the walls I would use a roller or paint pad but you will still need a brush to do the edges.

Dust sheets are essential as is a bottle of whitespirits to clean brushes after use. If you are only having a short break you can wrap the brush in a plastic bag to stop it drying out.

Hall and stairs is a huge job. I always find decorating takes a lot longer than I expect. Good luck!

surprisenumber3 Fri 24-Jul-09 15:31:17

thanks tibni that's really helpful. Should have said not doing walls. Paid someone to paper them. He only wanted £50, gave him a bit more though!

tibni Fri 24-Jul-09 17:02:23

That makes the job easiersmile

I end up doing our decorating because it wouldn't get done if I waited for dh.

It would be worth buying some LOW TACK masking tape to protect your walls as it isn't easy getting a straight line. Low tack shouldn't rip the paper the standard product might.

GrendelsMum Fri 24-Jul-09 17:47:05

Like tibni said. Wash with sugar soap, sand, wipe over, prime, sand, wipe over, paint.

But it's easier for a novice to paint with satinwood paint than gloss, so I wouldn't gloss.

To do small, fiddly bits, you can buy a slanted window brush which I find helps a lot.

GrendelsMum Fri 24-Jul-09 17:48:13

And I keep recommending this book, but 'Fix It Good' tells you how to do all this kind of thing.

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