Doing it yourself


Here are some tips for achieving a high quality, durable finish for yourself.


Top Tip

As a general rule, you should always try to start at the top then work your way down. This is so that you do not damage any work that has already been done.


This is the recommended order in which you should complete the work :



Prepare ceilings by filling any holes or cracks with all purpose filler & decorators caulk. When dry, sand down the filler till smooth. Brush off any dust from the filler then apply two coats of a quality emulsion, in the desired colour or finish. For ceilings I would recommend using a Matt finish.



As with the ceiling, you should start by repairing any holes or cracks with all purpose filler then sanding down smooth. For gaps between the walls and skirting boards, decorators caulk should be used.



Firstly, wash down the woodwork with warm, soapy water or sugar soap. When dry, fill with all purpose filler or caulk where necessary. After the filler has dried, thoroughly rub down with sandpaper, dust off then apply a coat of undercoat.



Brush off the walls to remove any dust from the filler, then apply a first coat of your chosen colour/finish of emulsion. When the first coat has dried, lightly sand down the walls to remove any bits that may have stuck to the wet paint. Apply a second coat of emulsion to finish.



Lightly sand down the undercoated woodwork to remove any bits of contamination , dust off, then apply a topcoat of gloss, satin or eggshell finish in the desired colour.



If you are applying a paintable wallcovering to the walls, follow the points above, applying the wallpaper between steps 2 & 3.


When applying a pre-finished wallpaper e.g. on a feature wall, the steps taken are slightly different. All the painting should be completed beforehand, leaving the application of the wallpaper till last, when all the paint has thoroughly dried.


Please note - When preparing the walls for wallpaper, always apply a thinned coat of wallpaper paste ('Size') to the walls before papering. This seals the walls and allows the wallpaper to slide into position more easily.



I hope this short guide will help you to tackle you own decorating jobs but If you need any further assistance or require a quotation, please do not hesitate to contact me.