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Please ask your own basic DIY questions here as mine is too short to be deserving of its own thread.

I am painting the living room this weekend (and prepping it NOW). Three walls will be white, one wall will be dark bluey-grey (like everyone else's, I know, sshh) and the woodwork (picture rails, coving, shelving, fireplace surround, all of which abut the dark wall) will be white. What order is it best to do this in and where should my initial masking tape go? (my other rooms have had less abrupt changes of colour so it's been less of an issue).
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Dark wall, white walls, (wiping the woodwork as you go for roller spray) woodwork.
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Dark wall, white walls, (wiping the woodwork as you go for roller spray) woodwork.
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You don't need masking tape. Of if you use it get a very light "tack" so it doesn't pull paint off.
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Thank you so much! (I have good masking tape that doesn't pull paint off, have painted the bathroom, loo and kitchen in the past few weeks but all white so not that important, but it is tried and tested at least :)) )

I kind of wanted to do the exciting wall first so I'm glad that's the proper way. :lol:
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We will need a before and after :))
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Oh god, everyone's standards are too high. :))
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I would personally do the light walls first, then you don’t need to be too careful around the accent wall, as the dark paint will cover it up, but not the other way round.

Consider does the ceiling need doing? Sometimes fresh paint can make the ceiling look dingy, and it needs to be done before the walls.

When doing the walls, slightly undo any light switch & electric point covers, so you can paint slightly behind them for a neat finish. You can use a straight line edger if you like to get a neat line in the accent wall, but my tip is to use a small cheap artist brush for the initial cutting in, then a normal small paintbrush, then your roller. Depends how steady you think your hand will be though!

If you are glossing the woodwork after then I wouldn’t bother masking, just give them a quick sand before painting, but any paint mistakes will be covered up anyway.
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I would do the light walls first as it’s be easier cutting in the dark colour over the white than the other way round.

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I would do it the same way as Hobbes, I'm doing the same in my bedroom at the moment (or at least over a few weekends).

Which masking tape do you have? I need something better and I can't do it freehand.

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I rate Frog Tape as a brand, as long as you follow their instructions for applying and removing.

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Just to be awkward, I always do woodwork first, then emulsion (thinking that emulsion is easier to clean off gloss/eggshell than it is the other way round).

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Yes, sand everything first, Hoover the fuck out of it all then I would do ceiling, white walls, dark walls, woodwork. I do woodwork last because it takes the longest to dry. I’ve never masked things but just been careful when cutting in.

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I also never masking tape things but did buy a dulux cutting in brush and its probably the best thing I've ever bought on a DIY front.

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I am so shit at cutting in no matter how hard I try. :))

I do the woodwork last for the same reason as cluef. Although I kind of wish I'd done the first coat when we were doing the ceilings.

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Sounds counter intuitive but using a big brush can be easier for cutting in, although I do like an angled cutting in brush. I actually love the cutting in bit, I'd do it for you if that wasn't weird :lol:

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Definitely Frog Tape, Skips, I say this as I class myself an expert now I've painted my kitchen. It really is decent stuff though. Don't get an excessively wide one.

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Beatrix wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:54 am
Sounds counter intuitive but using a big brush can be easier for cutting in, although I do like an angled cutting in brush. I actually love the cutting in bit, I'd do it for you if that wasn't weird :lol:
I do too, it’s satisfying! :lol:

I’ve never heard of a cutting in brush though, I will investigate, thanks Cos.

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I have a DIY question, if I may jump in?

Am I silly to be considering laying tiles on the floor myself? It's a small vestibule porch area.

Has anyone laid floor tiles, is it the sort of thing I shouldn't consider trying myself?

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Ceramic tiles, Shoe, or karndean type? I would 100% give it a go. YouTube is brilliant for how to videos - I bet there are loads on laying floors.

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