If you’ve just moved into your new home and fancy covering the entire build in a fresh coat of paint, why not take it upon yourself to do the task yourself rather than hiring in the professionals. Not only will it save you money, the experience of learning to “paint properly,” and taking part physical in the renovation of your home, is one that will stay with you forever.
To point you in the right direction, here is the Healthy Hideout’s Ultimate Paint brush guide to get you started- There’s no room for excuses now;
- The Paint Roller – The one tool that springs to mind when you think of painting. Be sure to utilise the paint roller when covering large flat surfaces such as walls and ceilings. There are typically two types of roller – Long haired and foam covering. Utilise the long haired covering for the artexing and textures walls, whilst the foam roller is perfect for smooth, freshly papered or plastered walls.
- The Gloss Brush – Suitable for use with oil and water based paints. Perfect for getting into awkward areas such as windowsills and the tops of doorways. Flagged at one end to ensure the gloss flows smoothly, a good quality gloss brush should leave a perfect finish with no brushmarks.
- The Emulsion Brush – Typically made from hard, synthetic bristles this brush is designed to not “soak” up water based or matt based emulsion paints. This ensures that more paint goes onto the walls, rather than being wasted onto the brush. Be sure to look out for “no loss bristles guaranteed” or something similar. There’s nothing worse than “dried” in bristles.
- The Masonry Brush – When painting brick or any other type of stonework, be sure to get hold of a good quality masonry brush designed for smooth and textured paint. Crimped bristles coupled with an angled head ensure that the paint is quickly picked up by the brush and released onto the surface.
- The Woodcare Brush – Bristles should be durable and hardwearing with flagged tips. The size of brush will depend on the size of item you’re painting. If you painting a garden bench, use a smaller brush to ensure the paint is applied to the grain properly. If you painting a fence panel, a larger brush will ensure your not painting until the sun goes down.
Widely available from many home and diy stores, paint brushes are easy to get hold of. Just make sure you’re picking the right brush for the job. Have you painted anything recently? The Healthy Hideout would love to see any photographs or recent home painting you’ve done.