There’s a forgotten room in most homes that often needs a little TLC. The
laundry. Faye’s gives this hardworking a room a makeover.
Step 1: Repair walls with Selleys No More Gaps and Spakfilla, and allow to cure.
Sand to the desired finish, then wash the walls with Selleys Sugar Soap, and
allow to dry.
Step 2: Select your paint top coat (in this case Dulux Mouldshield) and read the
label for the recommended primer. Put a drop sheet down on the floor, and stir
the primer very well, then begin “cutting in” around the wall edges, and around
This is probably the most difficult step in painting, because it requires a
steady hand. You can make the task so much easier by using the right brush. Good
quality brushes, like Spirit Brushes, are designed to hold and release the right
amount of paint, with few brush marks and no loose bristles. There’s even a type
with angled bristles that helps to get very straight lines when cutting in.
When you’ve finished with your brush, wash it out in warm water, with a little
detergent. Tip your wash-up water in the garden where it can’t run-off into
watercourses. Place the brush back in its original package to keep the bristles
straight and clean.
Step 3: Select a good quality roller sleeve and slip it onto a strong roller
frame. For our job a short-pile (or nap) sleeve is ideal, but on rough surfaces
you may need a longer pile. Pour the primer into your roller tray, load the
roller well, and begin rolling the wall from one end. Keep a wet-edge as you
roll, and use a “W” pattern as you progress across the wall.
Step 4: Wait the recommended time for the primer to dry before applying the
final coat. Use the same high-quality brushes and rollers for the final coats
and, if you look after them well, all you painting jobs for years to come!
Use a plastic drop sheet under a canvas one. This way, spilled paint will be
absorbed by the canvas (so you don’t walk it everywhere), and the plastic won’t
let it soak through to the floor beneath.
Spirit Rollers and Brushes are available from all leading hardware stores.