21 February 2018

DIY painting tips

Hiya Guys!

I've really got my decorating head on lately and have been a busy bee in the house. 

Which probably explains why I've been a little bit absent from the blog recently.

Our walls are all painted magnolia throughout, which we used to like. Our house in England was all Magnolia, but lately here in Spain we're not loving the whole Magnolia feel.

I think Magnolia works great in the UK. It's a lovely warm colour, but still very neutral.

Here in Spain though it just doesn't seem to work as well.

White on the other hand. White looks amazing. I think because we have more sunny days and it does get super hot here in the summer that the white walls are not only pretty, but practical too.

So we have taken the decision to paint the whole house white!

Towards the end of last year I decorated our bedroom. Or should I say finally finished our bedroom. I did originally start it in the summer, but it was so hot it was very unpleasant haha so it got put on the back burner till the winter.

So with the bedroom finally finished. I've also painted my dressing room, which I'm so pleased with. Marks study and the landing. Next stop is the lounge which will be quite a big job.

I'm a woman on a mission.

A painting mission.

I've always enjoyed decorating and getting stuck into home diy. I've decorated a few of our homes now and thought I'd share some of my own painting tips with you, that if you're thinking of decorating your own home you may find them useful!

* Have a damp cloth with you so you can wipe up any drips or spills on your way or if you go over the edges i.e door frames, skirting boards etc

* It's all in the preparation - make sure the walls are nice and clean and dust free. So give them a good wash with hot soapy water or at least wipe over with a damp cloth.

* Remove any picture hooks from the wall - unless you want them painted then that's totally your call!

* Don't rush. Leave plenty of time between each coat to let it dry and not be tacky anymore. Test an area that will be hidden behind some furniture with your finger, lightly touch so you don't splodge the paint.

* Protect your surfaces. I've got tiled floors so they're nice and easy to clean. If you have carpets make sure you put plenty of newspaper down and place old sheets over furniture.

* If you can, move as much furniture out of the room as possible. It's so much easier to work around the room with it as empty as it can be.

* Get a half decent brush or roller. You don't have to get the most expensive, but don't go for the cheapest either. Brushes especially, as the cheaper the brush, you'll find the bristles will fall out very quickly.

* Get a mini roller, they're fab for smaller parts of the wall. I love mine.

* Wash your brushes and paint tray up as soon as you're done.

Prep the area you're going to wash up in. Have the washing up liquid to hand and an old towel or tea towel to dry your hands, trust me this comes in handy!

  Do you have any top tips for decorating or any diy jobs around the home or garden? Share away in the comments below!

Heather ♥

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