Mix your colour, clean your tools
If the room requires more than one tin of paint, it’s advisable to mix the two together in a paint kettle before you start to ensure a perfectly even colour. Just remember to stir it thoroughly. Not sure how long to stir? “Pop your favourite song on and stir your paint for the whole tune or about three minutes,” says James. It might be worth using plastic liners in your buckets/trays to save washing up your equipment every time – this also makes it easier to switch between colours as you go.
Wickes also advises making sure all tools are clean and dry before jumping in. “Wash your tools thoroughly before use, even if they are brand new, as this will remove any manufacturing particles,” the team explains. “Be sure to allow them to dry before starting.” If they’ve previously been used, use a brush comb to remove paint from inside the brush – it makes the tool last longer by maintaining the shape of the bristles.
Finally, make sure you have relevant safety equipment to hand, such as goggles, face masks and painter’s overalls to minimise contact with paint or fumes. Check the ventilation is adequate and, if the weather is good, open up windows and doors as much as possible.