Restore, rejuvenate and renew your home with our Builders giveaway.
We’re giving away the perfect starter pack for your next paint project – a set of brushes plus a R500 voucher to go towards purchasing your paints!
In addition to this, Builders has giving us a list of handy tips to help you out before you get started:
1. Test the colour before you paint
Buy a few sample pots of the colours you like. Rather than painting samples directly onto the wall, paint a section of plasterboard or even a poster-sized piece of cardboard and hang it up in various places around the room you’re painting. Check the colour at different times during the day and with the lights on at night.
2. Buy a little more than you need
Calculate how much paint you need, then buy a little more – the extra bit is handy for touch-ups and repairs. A rough estimate is eight square metres per litre per coat.
3. Use a roller extender
It takes a lot of hard labour out of the job, especially when you have hard-to-reach places.
4. Grey it over
If you’re painting a pale colour over brightly coloured or patterned walls, start with a coat of grey paint. This blocks the bright and bold colours from reflecting through.
5. How much paint do you need?
To calculate how much you need, add together the length of all the walls and then multiply that number by the height of the room, from floor to ceiling. Then divide that by the m2 per litre coverage manufacturers specify on the paint tin.
5. Patch and sand
For a smooth finish, you need a smooth surface to start with, so spend time on carefully preparing the walls. In fact, an all-over sand with fine-grit paper is first prize before you paint. Always prime raw plaster before painting and if you’ve patched a wall, remember to prime that spot before you paint.
6. Protect light switches and plug points
First remove the covers, then mask around the fittings and plug points so they don’t get caked in paint, which makes it difficult to replace the cover afterwards.
7. Clean to paint, don’t paint to clean
Use a sponge and Smith & Co Sugar Soap. When dry, give the walls a good wash with water to neutralise them. Allow to dry for 24 hours before you pick up a brush or roller.
8. Prime before you paint
A layer of primer helps your topcoat to cover a larger area, and makes for a more uniform finish.
9. Wash rollers before using them
Use water and liquid soap, and rub thoroughly to pull off any fluff, fuzz or stray bristles that might come off in the paint and stick to the wall.
10. Damp is ok if it’s your brush or roller
You don’t have to wait for your tools to dry before using them. You can paint with a damp brush or roller when using acrylic.
To stand a chance of winning, simply fill in the form below. The competition closes on 7 April.