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How To Paint Skirting Boards...& More Decorating Tips from the Biggest Brands

15 March 2018

Are you about to embark on a new DIY adventure but don’t know your caulk from your undercoat?

We got in touch with some of the best-known painting and decorating brands – such as Harris, Dulux and Johnstone’s – for their top tips for DIY novices. You’ll be stripping, caulking and pasting in no-time!

Harris – Wallpapering Tricky Areas

Wallpapering sounds simple enough in theory doesn’t it? Paste, hang and stick. Simple!

But what do you do when you get to a door frame, or a window? This handy how-to video from Harris is here to help you wallpaper those tricky areas!


Johnstone’s Paint – How to Revive Old Drawers

As more and more people join the upcycling revolution, shabby chic has become a particularly trendy look. Johnstone’s Chalky Furniture Paint is perfect for those hipsters looking for their next DIY project.

Get yourself down to your nearest vintage or charity shop, pick up those old drawers you’ve had your eye on for weeks and give it a new lease of life!


Dulux – How to Paint Skirting Boards

Different surfaces require unique paints and methods of painting. Check out this great step-by-step guide from Dulux showing you how to paint skirting boards!

You’ll need:

Step-by-step guide:

  1. Sand off any rough edges
  2. Fill holes and the gap between wall and skirting boards (caulking)
  3. Sand the filler and remove dust
  4. Apply a coat of Dulux Quick Dry Primer & Undercoat – allow to dry
  5. Sand gently and apply a coat of Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood – allow to dry
  6. Sand lightly and apply another coat of Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood

Everbuild – Preparation Tips

And for the complete beginners among us (guilty), here’s a handy guide for preparing your home for general decorating:

  1. Put down drop cloths or dust sheets to protect floors/carpets
  2. Wash walls with warm water and a clean sponge. Leave to dry
  3. Use masking tape where areas not to be painted meet areas due to be decorated
  4. Prime walls/area to be painted (browse our range of primers here!)
  5. Sand walls and use Everbuild All Purpose Ready Mixed Filler to fill in cracks and gaps. Brush over walls to remove excess dust/dirt
  6. You’re ready to paint!

B&M Top Tip: if painting onto a newly plastered wall or plasterboard, you must prime and seal the surface to ensure paint isn’t absorbed into the porous surface. Simply mix 4 parts water with 1 part Everbuild 501 PVA Bond and apply with a brush before painting.

Have we missed anything? If you’re a dab-hand with a paint brush, share your decorating know-how with the B&M Community on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

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