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Painting is the easiest way to freshen up your place. But, as many of us have found out the hard way, this can turn into a nightmare of splattered paint and endless coats if you're not careful. Follow our tips and use our tools so that the next time you paint and you'll get great-looking walls.

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How to paint a wall

  • Before painting your walls, make sure that they are clean, smooth and completely dry. Stick down any loose wallpaper before washing them with a mild detergent, rinsing with clean water and letting them dry.
  • Depending on your surface, you may need to use an undercoat. If you are painting onto vinyl wallpaper, you will need a coat of Multi-Surface Primer to create a base for the paint to sit on. If you are painting over a strong colour, Crown Basecoat will prevent it from showing through the finished job.
  • Use a 2 inch brush to cut in at the edges. Use the brush on edge, working in long sweeping movements across door frames and skirting boards etc.
  • Finish the job with a roller and tray dampen the roller to make it easier for it to pick up the paint. Start in one corner and work across the wall in sections. Work the roller in a W motion and fill in the spaces as you go, as seen in the video below.

How to paint wooden furniture

  • Prepare the area for the painting project. Place drop cloths on the floor, and open any windows and doors to allow plenty of ventilation into the area. Position the wood furniture that is to be painted on the cloths. Put on a face mask, and possibly gloves, before beginning the project.
  • Patch any chipped, holed, or pitted surfaces with wood filler. Apply most of the wood filler to the damaged part of the wood, not to the undamaged wood, although there can be some overlap (and you'll be able to sand it down later). Use the putty knife to scrape away excess wood filler and allow it to dry.
  • Sandpaper the surface of the furniture. This can be managed by using a piece of sandpaper with a sandpaper block, or by using a hand sander for larger pieces. The goal is to remove any protective varnish or lacquer that is on the surface of the wood, making it easier for the primer coat to adhere.
  • Remove any residue left after sanding the furniture surface. Wiping gently with a clean tack cloth will help remove the residue and leave the clean surface. If necessary, use a mild detergent and wipe the wood surface dry with the cloth.
  • Prime if you want an even look on your furniture. Using a paintbrush and a roller, gently brush an even coat of the primer on the surface of the wood. Use a paintbrush along corners, edges, and harder-to-reach areas use the roller to hit wide-spaced, even areas that aren't contoured. Allow the primer to dry before moving on to painting the furniture piece.
  • Sand the primed surface after it has dried. Go over every area of primed surface with a fine-grit sandpaper. This will help your paint bond to the primer even better than it already does. Be sure, however, to wipe away any sawdust or residue with a tack cloth before you hit the surface with paint.
  • Paint the wooden furniture, first with a roller and later with a brush. Go over even surfaces of the furniture with a foam roller, if possible. Then, using even strokes, redo the area with a paintbrush, paying special attention to the places where rollers cannot apply paint &mdash such as edges and corners. Allow the coat to dry, and inspect the piece for any areas that are not completely covered by the paint.
  • Apply a second coat of paint, if necessary. Most painters will find that a coat of primer and paint won't give the furniture that professional look that they're seeking. Wait for the first coat of paint to dry (overnight is best, but at least 6 hours), and then hit it with another coat of the same paint, using the methods described above.
  • Seal the paint job on the wooden furniture (optional). Once the paint is dry, apply a lacquer or sealant to protect the paint from nicks and scratches. This will also add a slight gloss to the piece, a feature that works well in many decorating schemes. Make sure the sealant is dry before moving the piece into the area of the home where it will be used.