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PAINTING by numbers



Make sure you have these items gathered close by before you start to ensure a smooth painting experience!

Filler and sand paper: There may be bumps, scuffs or tiny holes in your walls – use a filler to cover these then once dry, smooth over with sand paper to create a flat, paintable surface.

Brushes: Have a selection of different brushes lined up – there’s nothing more annoying than realising you suddenly need a different one when you’re halfway through a project!

Rollers: For large areas of block colour, a good quality foam roller is the ideal tool. It will cover them evenly in no time.

Roller tray: Pour the paint into a tray to ensure the roller gets an even spread of colour and to wipe away excess paint.

Masking tape: Stick this along skirting boards, door frames and other edges, then peel away after painting to reveal a clean cut edge.

Rags: Have a selection of clean rags or cloths to hand – these are perfect for wiping away spills, drips or smudges that might creep on to those areas you don’t want to paint.

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