We have added a new project to the diydoctor website on using a paint pad when decorating in the home. A paint pad is easy to use as long as you have the right size pad for the job you are doing, and is easier to use if you have the specialist paint tray which has a built in roller to allow the right amount of paint onto the pad. You can also get long handled ones for painting ceilings.
They give good coverage and are quick and easy to use, and like rollers should give an even finish if used correctly. They are also less messy to clean than rollers, which has to be a good thing!
We have a new project to help you if you are looking at re-decorating a room and are looking for advice. If you are wanting a new look, a simple way of doing this is by creating what is known as a ‘feature wall’.
A feature wall gives you the opportunity of doing something a bit different, whether it be bold, bright or patterned, but without decorating the whole room in the same colour/pattern. It might be that you choose paint or wallpaper to create your feature wall, but the most important thing is to decide which wall you are going to pick!
The most sucessfull tend to be the wall or recess behind the bed in a bedroom or the fireplace wall or recesses either side in a living room. But you will decide on what will work in your home – it may be you want a feature wall in the bathroom or kitchen, and it still gives you the opportunity to try something different.
You may choose a tone lighter or darker than the rest of the walls in the room, or you may choose a contrasting colour or a bold wallpaper. Take a look at our project on colour theory and the colour wheel to understand more about choosing colours for your home. If you are doing any wallpapering – take a look at our project on how to hang wallpaper.
Keep an eye out for more projects on interior design coming to diydoctor soon!
If you have a brick fireplace that is a bit of an eyesore, or maybe you just fancy sprucing it up a bit, we have two new projects on diydoctor which might be just what you need.
The first project is all about how to clean your brick fireplace, and covers several different methods you can use. It can be a messy job and can involve using quite strong chemicals, but as long as you protect the surrounding area in the room and are prepared to use a bit of elbow grease, the transformation is worth it.
Now a good clean might be all the fireplace needs, but if you are wanting to paint it you should take a look at our new project on how to paint a brick fireplace. This gives step by step instructions on how to prepare, what types of paint are best to use and how to go about painting the brickwork. The results can be really worthwhile and change the whole feel of a room.
So now you don’t have to put up with an embarassing fireplace anymore!
Great new projects on painting wooden floors and painting wooden stairs have now been added to the website. They give step by step instruction and advice on each project so that you can get the best finish.
Many people are choosing to update a room by painting the floor as it gives such a clean and bright feel and changes the feel completely, and you can alter the style of stairs by giving it facelift. Choose muted tones of white, off-white or pale grey or go for something complely different and choose a bold bright colour! Most importanly is your choice of paint – make sure you choose a paint designed specifically for floors as it has to withstand an awful lot of wear and tear.
Both projects will talk you through the preparation needed and the tools needed for the job. It is worth spending time on the prep or you will find the paint will not adhere to the surface. Some planning before starting will be necessary as if you are painting a floor, it is best to have cleared the area completely for the duration of the task, and if it is a staircase, you really need to avoid using the stairs as much as possible to avoid dust and grease and to allow a decent amount of drying time.
Having said all that, it is a hugely satisfying DIY project to do and if you have any photos of a floor or staircase you have painted in your home, send them in to us or post them here on the blog!
We have all the advice you need if you are planning on a spot of painting and decorating in the home this spring. Our new project on preparing walls and ceilings for painting talks you through how to get a room ready before you start followed by all the things you need to do such as washing down walls, filling any cracks in walls or round doors and windows, and remembering to mask off all skirting, windows/doors, not forgeting sockets and switches.
There are also a number of projects on other aspects to do with decorating including stripping wallpaper, paint stripping, painting new plaster, painting panelled doors, painting flush doors, painting a sash window and information on different types of brushes and paint rollers to do the job and how to clean them.
We also have a really helpful page on decorating tips and tricks which is well worth a read through as it covers things like what to do if you are using old paint, how to get a top quality finish when glossing and how to avoid getting paint all over the rim of the tin while you are painting plus lots more!