I want to paint my wall(s)

Alright! Here is a simple step-by-step plan for painting your interior walls, with instructions and interesting products you can use in the process. 

STEP 1: PREPARATION

The first step is to make sure that everything that's not a wall is not painted along. You can cover the floor easily with floor protection paper, skirting-boards and window and door frames can be covered neatly with masking tape  (after you've cleaned them because they tend to get dusty) and you can cover radiators with a plastic drop cloth (but don't forget to turn them off!). If there are adjoining walls or ceilings that do not need painting, it's also recommended to tape them. You can use this handy chart to know which masking tape you can use on which surface.

STEP 2: EXAMINING AND TREATING THE SURFACE

The second step is to have a good look at the state of your walls. Depending on that, you'll either have little or no work at this part, or rather some more work.

A previously painted wall

If your wall has already been painted before and this layer of paint still looks good, you won't have any extra preparation. Usually though, there is some dirt and/or grease on indoor walls. This should be removed before repainting the wall for the paint to adhere well. To clean your interior wall, a simple cleaning product will suffice. You can then immediately move on to step 3.

An unpainted or porous wall

Walls that haven't been painted before, often have a rather absorbant surface, which means that they easily take up moisture. In other words, the paint you apply will partly soak into the wall and you'll have to adjust for this. How do you know if you're dealing with a porous surface? Very simple: use a plant spray bottle to spray a little water on your wall. If the water quickly seeps into the wall, then your wall has a (strongly) porous surface. In that case, it is important to first apply a good primer to your walls. The primer will ensure that your wall paint adheres nicely. Do you have a newly built house and are you not sure whether your walls can be painted with wall paint already? Then be sure to read this blog.

A wall with holes, cracks or other damage

You'd probably like to have a nice smooth result. If there are holes, small cracks, pits, or other small irregularities in your wall, you can putty these before painting. For larger holes, you'll need an appropriate filler. Lightly sand the wall before you start painting. Finding it difficult to determine which product you need for the damage to your interior wall? Ask our experts for advice

 

A wall that is affected by moisture or mould

Here it's important that the moisture or mould problem is tackled first. After all, it will be difficult to apply paint to a damp wall. Damp-proof paint is not the solution to the problem either, but rather a tool to prevent the problem from recurring in the future, in combination with moisture control. So when you've dealt with the moisture problem, it's useful to first apply an insulating primer. Especially in rooms like kitchens or bathrooms, where there's often vapour and condensation, damp-proof paint is a good idea. 

 

STEP 3: PAINTING

With a properly prepared wall, you can start finishing the wall in the colour of your choice. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Start with the hard-to-reach places, for example, behind a radiator;
  2. Start where you have the most light (around the largest window, for example) and work away from there;
  3. Around skirting boards, window and door frames, etc. it's easiest to paint first just next to the tape with a brush, and then continue painting the adjoining section of the wall with a roller. When doing this, do not wait until the paint you've applied with the brush is dry;
  4. With the paint roller, it's best to divide your wall into imaginary pieces of about 1 m². Again, make sure that you overlap the different sections while the paint is still wet. Roll in different directions to reduce the chance of having streaks.

 

USEFUL TOOLS

Below, you can find some more handy brushes and rollers, and other useful tools for painting your interior walls.

INSPIRATION

 

Good luck!

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