So you’ve made the exciting decision to start painting the interior of your house. Now what?
One of the questions most commonly asked by our DIY painters is “which area do I start painting first?” I inform clients to literally paint their homes from Top to Toe (bottom).
Start with the ceilings, then the walls and finish with your trimmings (architraves and skirting boards). The reason for this is simply gravity. Paint splatters and drips down so it makes sense to start painting from the top and work your way downwards.
If you went about it the opposite way and started Toe to Top, you would be constantly wiping away the messes off your trims (if you would be lucky enough to catch them before they dry) caused from painting the walls and ceilings.
Trims are typically painted in a higher sheen level (either a high or semi gloss) enamel which attracts the eye and can draw more attention to any imperfections. Therefore trims are best left until last to ensure a good finish.
Finally, I’m well aware of how daunting painting an entire home can be and it can help to break it up into sections or even room by room. If you are inexperienced, start in a room which is generally unused and practice there, moving through rooms based on how much they are utilised. Once you gain confidence in your ability you should venture out into your main living areas. You can always touch up your first room later on if needed.
So there you go, Top to Toe!
Thank you for visiting The Colour Retreat and I look forward to seeing you again soon!