The living room windowsill managed to escape my initial novice painting last year, when I thought I could get away with using the same Dulux brilliant white for woodwork, radiators, walls, everything (true story!)
Thankfully since then my painting knowledge and skills have come a fair way and so this past week I’ve finally repainted it. It’s been battered and bruised since we damp proofed the living room and then suffered a further hit when the windows were replaced and like all of these other little projects it’s been something I’ve wanted to get round to for the last couple of months. *Disclaimer – in these pictures you will see our hideous living room carpet. Please ignore it. We’re saving to get rid of it!*
So here are my tips for painting woodwork:
1) Preparation – yep, the age-old decorators adage. I am not at all patient and would rather just slap that paint on and get going, but preparation really does pay off. I cleaned the windowsill first using sugar soap and a clean sponge. You can try cleaning with regular household detergent but personally I think sugar soap is the best as it really cuts through stubborn marks, so much so that once the cleaning was done I considered leaving it there (joke)
You’ll need to rinse your sugar soap off with a wet cloth, and then dry.
2) Once the woodwork is clean, now’s the time to fill any holes or cracks if you need to. Then, sand. For woodwork that’s already painted, you’ll need a sandpaper which has a higher number, indicating a finer grain. You want to rub the paint just enough to take out any impurities and so the new paint has something to stick to. Of course this advice is only if you’re painting over paint, and don’t want to strip back to the wood.
3) As the windowsill is already painted it doesn’t need priming. So, take your colour of choice and get to work. We use a Dulux Satinwood paint for all the woodwork (frames, sills, doors etc) in the house and it can also be used for radiators too. It gives off a very soft sheen but is not at all gloss-like, thankfully.
4) Ideally, if you’re a real perfectionist, after the first coat is dried you should then sand before applying a second coat. However, I did two coats without any sanding inbetween. We’re having some shutters fitted in a few weeks time and I can’t help thinking that once they’re in another coat of paint may be required so I didn’t go overboard.
And voila – admire your finished work. It’s amazing what clean paintwork will do to give a room a lift. I’m so happy with it I even found a home for this sweet little jug.
What tips do you have for painting? Do you find it therapeutic?