The UK has seen a surge in DIY this year and for very good reason. With more time spent at home due to the pandemic, we have suddenly got a little more time on our hands and the perfect opportunity to spend more time on home improvements and overdue redecorating around the house. Most of us are now in a position to give our bedroom a fresh lick of paint, our hallways a sparkling skirting board and our wardrobe a new look.
But, whether you are a seasoned DIY expert or part of this new generation of DIY-ers, making sure the job is done well and right is paramount.
From refreshing items of furniture, creating a feature wall, renovating the garage or loft, or changing the colour in the kid’s bedroom, choosing the right paintbrushes and techniques will lead to professional looking results without paying for professional decorators.
So, how do we choose the right brush? Well, it all starts with the item that is being painted. Let’s explore our choices…
There are a huge variety of paintbrushes available; selecting the one for you depends very much on what you are painting to ensure accuracy and a seamless finish.
Windows can be tricky to paint. With corners, ridges and thin surface areas, the best brush to use would be a ¾ inch brush used at an angle. This is perfect for slow, smooth lines. The brush is small enough that you can easily use it around corners without leaving clumps of paint. A 1-inch could also work on this surface area but if you are looking for precise details, chose the slightly smaller version.
Frames, Doors and Floors The 1-inch is often used for doorframes and edges that just need a touch up of paint. The 1.5- and 2-inch work well on skirting boards and other slightly larger areas.
If you are looking to paint your furniture such as cupboards, shelves, tables or chairs, the 2.5-inch might be the right solution for you. The large strokes make the job quicker, smoother and more even.
The largest brushes of usually 3-inch and above are the best for the largest surface areas like garage and shed doors and even floors.
Investing in superior, wooden handle brushes improves the overall quality of your painting and they are also long-lasting. It is important to take special care of your brushes so they can be used again many times. Clean the brushes with soapy water, rinse and wring out the bristles, use a small comb to ensure there are no clumps, which can result in poor painting the next time they are used. Ensure they are nice and dry and either put them back in their original packaging or wrap the bristles tightly with cling film to protect the hairs.
So, if this weekend is earmarked for a touch of DIY, ensure you are fully prepared with the correct brushes and (finishes) to give your newly painted cabinets, doors or wall a beautiful, long-lasting finish.
If you do not know which brush is best for your needs, contact us today and our trained staff can help ensure you get exactly what you need.