Painting & Decorating

How to Hang Lining Paper – Quick and Easy!

In this article, I’ll explain how to hang lining paper to hide hairline cracks and other marks on interior plastered walls. Once the job’s done, you should have a nice smooth wall ready for painting or wallpapering. (If you’ve never plastered a wall before and want to try it, read this guide on plastering for…

How to Repair Cracked or Damaged Plaster on Internal Walls

Should you discover cracks or patches of loose plaster on the internal walls of your home (usually found when you redecorate), you will have to repair the walls before painting or wallpapering. Small cracks can be repaired using an appropriate flexible filler (like the Ronseal one below), then sanded to a smooth finish. Larger patches of damaged…

A Guide to the Different Types of Plaster

Here’s a quick guide to the different types of plaster you typically use for home DIY jobs. You should be able to buy each of these from your local DIY store. Browning Used as a base coat on walls, brickwork, block work, breeze block and plasterboard. A 25kg bag will cover approximately 3-3.5 square metres…

How to Paint Walls & Ceilings (10 Tips for a Smooth Finish)

If the walls or ceiling you wish to paint have been recently plastered then they will need to be completely dried out before any paint can be applied. This could take several weeks depending on the temperature in the room. It is sensible to wait this long because if paint is applied to a plastered wall/ceiling that has…

How to Prepare Interior Woodwork for Painting

In this article, we’ll be looking at how to prepare interior woodwork for painting. You can use the methods described on skirting boards, window sills, architraves, bannisters, rails, doors etc. Good preparation is key when you’re painting interior woodwork. It’s worth spending more time on this part of the process than you think you need…

How to Calculate How Much Wallpaper You Need to Decorate a Room

Wallpaper rolls typically measure 33′ (10m) long and 21″ (535mm) wide. If the room you’re decorating has a ceiling height of 9′ (2760mm) you’ll get three drops of wallpaper per roll. Allow a few inches per cut length for trimming the top and bottom off each strip. Allow more if the wallpaper has a large pattern…

Home Decorating Equipment – The Tools and Gear You Need

Welcome to my comprehensive list of all the home decorating equipment and tools you need to keep your house or flat looking smart and presentable. Under the umbrella term ‘home decorating’ I include painting, wallpapering and ongoing cosmetic maintenance. You can buy cheap versions of all this equipment from markets, hardware shops and online. But…

How to Fit a Dado Rail (and Make Sure it’s Straight!)

First of all, you will have to decide on a suitable height for the dado rail. It doesn’t want to be either too high or too low. For example, on a recent project the dado rail was fitted at a height of 37 1/2″ (950mm) to the top edge with a room ceiling height of 116 1/2″ (2450mm). When you…