Top Tips for Creating a Professional Finish in your Home

When it comes to home decoration it’s the little touches that make a big difference. If you want to ensure your decorating skills match up to the professionals then follow these top tips:

Clean and Clear

Professional decorators tend to completely empty a room before painting and cover the floor in protective sheeting. Doing this before you start will save you a lot of hassle as it’s extremely difficult to avoid paint spots getting on floors or furniture and much better to prevent it altogether. If your room has not been decorated for many years then wash the walls thoroughly with sugar soap to remove grease and dirt and let them dry completely before starting to paint.

Professional Painting

A streaky finish or visible brush strokes look unprofessional so use a roller to paint a thin layer onto your walls, let it dry completely and repeat as necessary until you’re satisfied. You can find one coat paint easily available to make the job quicker but make sure you don’t put it on too thickly or you could end up with drips.

Skirting boards

Skirting boards are the bane of many home decorators’ lives, but they don’t have to be! Carefully edge your skirting boards or cornicing with masking tape before you start to make your painting job much quicker. Once the paint is dry gently remove the masking tape and you’ll be left with perfect edges.

Tiles and plastering

You don’t need to be a professional to carry out proper tiling and plastering. When laying tiles, use a laser tape measure and draw a perfectly straight line on your wall. You can then use this as a guide for laying your tiles. Make sure you start from the centre of the wall so that if it’s necessary to cut tiles you’ll end up with equally sized tiles at either end of your wall. Professional plastering takes a lot of time, effort and skill so if you want to do the best possible job take a class or two before you start to help hone your skills.

Painting Wood

Sometimes you can give your home a complete makeover without the need to buy new furniture, doors or kitchen cupboards simply by giving them a lick of paint. Before painting any wood clean it thoroughly with soap and water to remove grease and dust and when it’s completely dry sand it with rough sandpaper which will create a key for the paint to stick to. When painting doors or cupboards always remove them from their hinges to make the job easier and coat them with the appropriate varnish when your painting is complete.

Wallpapering

The key to professional wallpapering is planning. Make sure you’ve checked you have enough rolls and if your pattern needs to match, check it does before you spread your paper with paste. Use a thin layer of paste and then rub over the paper with a dry sponge or cloth. If you’re left with any bubbles once the paste has dried take scalpel or Stanley knife, make a small incision in the centre of the bubble and gently squeeze out the air.