Sitting in paint is easier than you'd think

Painting was a job I volunteered for, convinced even someone as clumsy as me couldn’t go too wrong blasting the walls with litres and litres of trade paint (Leyland, from £10 for 10 litres, when in bulk).  Husband encouraged me, telling me to it would just take a week to do the whole of the upstairs.

First, I had to prepare the walls by running over them with a scraper to flick off any extra drops of plaster or glue. If you can’t flick the glue off, you have to sand it off, and if you try to take a shortcut, you’ll quickly be found out when weird drip marks come through the paint. The only thing that will get rid of these is filler, applied at the same time as when you caulk the edges of the walls. To make your caulking neater, run the cartridge gun down each corner, then dip your finger in some water and smooth it along the caulking. Don’t use too much or you’ll end up wiping the filler on your trousers, leading to a weird Play Doughy smell following you around.

Lesson learned

After the caulking dries, you have to do a coat of 50% paint and 50% water, known as a wet wash (get me). Finally, you can do your first coat of actual paint, painting the edges of each wall with a brush (“keying in”) and then rolling out from the middle, until no paint is left on the roller, to minimise striping. Needless to say, this all took me much longer than hoped, especially as I kept getting distracted by just how attractive I looked in my overalls. But, sadly, I still didn’t do a bad enough job to knock me off downstairs duty.