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How to paint your walls like a pro

Get busy this bank holiday and make light work of those little jobs

By Rebecca Shepherd, 11 April 2017
How to paint your walls like a pro

Painting your walls is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to instantly give your room a new feel.

"Paint really is the most accessible and cheapest way of a adding quick, easy and cheap impact to a space"

But it’s also probably one of the most time-consuming and daunting things to do by yourself, if you're not well practiced. 

Until now, that is.

Our design expert Ruth, blogger behind Design Soda, has revealed the best way of giving your walls a professional looking gleam in no time. 

She said: "Paint really is the most accessible and cheapest way of adding a quick, easy and cheap impact to your space and transforming your mood within it. But, painting a whole room from scratch including doors, skirting, floors and walls can be a little daunting.

"I’ve painted more than 30 rooms over the last eight years and along the way I’ve picked up my own set of tried and tested golden rules for a good finish and light work."

So with the long bank holiday weekend in sight, why not take the time to finally paint that wall that you've been putting off? With Ruth's tips, you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner!

Tools you’ll need:

  • Paint
  • Paint rollers
  • Undercoat
  • Wet wipes
  • A4 or A3 paper

Tips to remember

Select the right paint for you...

Ruth said: "One thing I have learned over the years is that colour is everything, and true colour means quality over cutting corners. A lot of people and companies will tell you that what I’m about to say is a fallacy, but in my years of painting houses, I believe that unless you are painting in dead flat white then it makes all the difference what you use. If you read my blog regularly then you will know that I am all for creating dash with as little cash as possible in my home but when it comes to paint I just won’t budge."

Find our quality matt emulsions and silk paints here. And our quick dry satin and quick dry gloss can be found here

Sample your paints on some paper...

Ruth said: "The size of your sample really matters, the bigger the better. Using an A4 or even A3 sheet of paper allows you to move samples around the room and follow the light, paint will look different in different corners of the room according to the way that light floods or shadows it so it’s a good idea to move your shade around a bit before deciding on your choice."

Be confident when you cut in...

Ruth said: "Cutting in (using a paint brush to paint areas that are too tight for rollers) and painting up to cornicing (painting any decorative wall or ceiling) is a confidence trick, the more confidence you have to be natural, the straighter the line and better the result. The quicker you go the better, it’s so counterintuitive and I wish I’d known this years ago. I’ve spent painstaking time on cutting in, but when a builder complimented my cutting in recently he told me that speed and confidence are the advice given on decorators courses. So have faith in yourself and follow your hand; it works."

FrogTape can come in handy for painting with confidence. The painter's masking tape is treated with a clever technology that reacts with emulsion paint and instantly gels to form a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape, preventing paint to bleed.

Choose your rollers wisely...

Ruth said: "Use cheap rollers, expensive ones hold more paint and give better coverage but they are heavier and therefore harder work, it’s far easier to paint one area twice with a light roller than once with a really heavy one (especially above head height with arms extended)."

Stockpile the wet wipes...

Ruth said: "Wet wipes are a godsend to decorating. I wish I’d known this during the years before having kids as they make light work of slips and spills in a way that a simple cloth and soap can take hours and tends to bleed."

Meet our expert

Ruth is a London based design blogger and mummy currently renovating her new home on a low-middle budget. In her weekly blog, Design Soda, she charts the things that catch her eye for interiors and DIY. At home sourcing her interiors from flea markets to supermarkets, she's also a fan of homewares in the aisles at Asda.

Feeling inspired to start your own DIY project? Make sure you check out Asda's full range of DIY products in store and online.