Bank Holiday decorating: The Dos and Don'ts

Emily Jenkinson picks up some top tips for DIY-ers at the new decorating course for Homebase staff

Painting and decorating is a doddle, right? You just buy some paint, fish out a paintbrush from the 'man drawer' and off you go. This was my approach a few weeks ago when re-painting the door to my outdoor terrace and the results - complete with lumpy bits and gloopy corners - were less than impressive. But I'm not the only one to fall into painting and decorating 'trap'.

According to a recent survey by HSBC, the coming bank holidays will see more than half of UK householders undertake some form of DIY in their homes, with the most popular job of all being re-decorating. Contrary to common sentiment, however, painting and decorating is not as simple as it looks and a little well-placed advice in advance can go a long way towards helping avert DIY disasters.

Homebase - Britain’s go-to store for DIY tools - has, this year, launched a five day City & Guilds course, held at East Berkshire College in Langley, where members of its staff can brush up on decorating skills, including hanging wallpaper, paint preparation and paint application, while gaining inside knowledge of the tools and tricks of the trade, which they can then pass onto customers.

I went along to a condensed version of the day, where practical lecturer of painting and decorating at East Berkshire College, Raymond Brant, put me through my paces, while sharing some key ‘dos and don’ts’ for budding DIY decorators.

DECORATING DOS AND DON'TS

Preparation

Do – work from the bottom to the top when soaking off old wallpaper. This will help avoid water going everywhere.

Do – scrub down the wall at least twice once you’ve removed the wallpaper. It’s important to make sure it’s cleaned properly before putting new wallpaper up or within six months it will start to go mouldy and peel off.

Do – use a well-worn paint brush if possible. You want them to get split ends as it makes for a softer touch, particularly on outside doors.

Do - use warm water to wash painting equipment. Hot water makes the paint go gooey and stick to the bristles.

Painting

Don’t - paint directly out of the paint can. If you’re up a ladder and it gets knocked off, you’ll have 10 litres of emulsion to clear up. Meanwhile, it can transfer debris from the brush back into the pot, leaving lumps in your paintwork. Decant some into a smaller container bucket instead.

Do - paint the edges of the wall first, slowly fanning the brush out sideways to ensure a straight line (this is called ‘cutting in’). You can then fill in the rest using either a paint brush for a small wall or a roller for a larger area.

Don’t - load the paint brush with too much paint. This is a classic mistake of DIY decorating that leaves a lumpy finish. The paint shouldn’t come more than half way down your brush.

Do - paint using the tip of the brush so you don’t leave brush marks. Emulsion pain should be laid on in different directions (not just vertically as most people do it), so the brush marks blend in and don’t catch the light.

Do - allow the correct amount of time (four hours for emulsion and 16 hours for oil) between coats or the solvent in the second coat will smear the first.

Do - kill off any strong colour on walls with a layer of white emulsion before adding another colour.

Wallpapering

Don’t - just pour wallpaper paste straight into the water or it will go lumpy. Make sure the water is moving constantly as you pour the paste very gradually. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions as this varies from product to product.

Do – go for wallpaper paste with a fungicide in it, particularly if hanging wallpapers as this will extend the life of your walls and stop them going mouldy.

Do – leave your wallpaper time to soak after you have pasted it. The length of time varies between manufacturer and manufacturer, so read the instructions.

Do - use a plumb bob to mark an exactly vertical line before hanging your first piece of wallpaper and remember that door frames and windows are often not plum (exactly vertical), especially in old houses. If the first piece is hung straight, the rest should follow.

Do – make sure the batch and pattern numbers are the same to ensure uniformity, and mark the top end of the paper as you cut it to ensure plant patterns grow the right way up your wall….

Emily Jenkinson is interiors writer for the mydeco marketplace, an online shopping experience where you can search hundreds of home furnishings and accessories all in one place.

 

Discover more property articles at Homes and Property
Suggested Topics
News
The Banksy image in Folkestone before it was vandalised
people
Life and Style
tech

Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts

Sport
football West Brom vs Man Utd match report: Blind grabs point, but away form a problem for Van Gaal
Arts and Entertainment
Gotham is coming to UK shores this autumn
tvGotham, episode 2, review
PROMOTED VIDEO
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Bloom Time: Mira Sorvino
tvMira Sorvino on leaving movie roles for 'The Intruders'
News
First woman: Valentina Tereshkova
peopleNASA guinea pig Kate Greene thinks it might fly
News
Brian Harvey turned up at Downing Street today demanding to speak to the Prime Minister
news

Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and that no-one was arrested

Arts and Entertainment
George Lucas poses with a group of Star Wars-inspired Disney characters at Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2010
films

George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios

Voices
Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary: 'There are pressures which we are facing but there is not a crisis'
voices

Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?

Life and Style
A street vendor in Mexico City sells Dorilocos, which are topped with carrot, jimaca, cucumber, peanuts, pork rinds, spices and hot sauce
food + drink

Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets

Life and Style
The charity Sands reports that 11 babies are stillborn everyday in the UK
lifeEleven babies are stillborn every day in the UK, yet no one speaks about this silent tragedy
News
Blackpool is expected to become one of the first places to introduce the Government’s controversial new Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs)
news

Parties threaten resort's image as a family destination

Life and Style
Northern soul mecca the Wigan Casino
fashionGone are the punks, casuals, new romantics, ravers, skaters, crusties. Now all kids look the same
Life and Style
gaming

I Am Bread could actually be a challenging and nuanced title

Property search
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Year 5 Teacher

£80 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Year 5 Teacher KS2 teaching job...

Software Developer

£35000 - £45000 Per Annum Pensions Scheme After 6 Months: Clearwater People So...

Systems Analyst / Business Analyst - Central London

£35000 - £37000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Systems Analyst / Busines...

Senior Change Engineer (Network, Cisco, Juniper) £30k

£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ampersand Consulting LLP: Senior Change ...

Day In a Page

Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Salisbury ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities

The city is home to one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, along with the world’s oldest mechanical clock
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album