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Paint the wall evenly white: that's how you do it!

White walls are hip & happening. In the living room , kitchen, dining room or bedroom: white is always good. It is versatile and can easily be combined with various furniture, numerous accessories and decorative items. In addition, white has a calming effect and it is fresh and light. Ideal for making smaller rooms look more spacious. At the same time, white paint is of a kind that you have to deal with delicately. Painting a wall evenly white is quite a job. How do you ensure an even coverage without irregularities? And how do you get the sleek look you are looking for? For this article we selected the best and most useful tips for whitewashing the wall. Read on quickly, because you too can paint the wall white as a pro!

Calculate how much paint you need

Once you start whitewashing, or painting walls in general, it is essential to first calculate how much paint you need. With 10 liters of wall paint you can paint about 60 to 80 square meters. Take it a bit wider for certainty, not every wall paint has the same coverage. Is your ceiling also white? Then it is important to include these in your calculation. When you whiten the walls, you obviously do not want your ceiling to have a different shade. Paint will discolour over time and a strange gradient from the ceiling to the wall will give anything but a beautiful effect.

Choose the right color

Of course, white is not white. Actually it is a very versatile color that is available in different shades. From pure white to cream, from white with gray undertones to ivory white and everything in between. The most sold colors in the Netherlands are pure white and cream. Cream is more discolored in terms of shade and gives the room a warm and less sterile appearance than pure white, although the latter can look very nice and stylish if you use the right furniture and suitable accessories. What atmosphere do you want to create? Look critically at the space you want to paint and the way the light falls in. In a somewhat darker room where little light comes in, pure white can be very beautiful, and off-white is just some yellowed eyes. In a very light room that can use a little warm, cream-white walls stand out well. Choose a wall paint with the right degree of coverage, especially if your wall has a darker shade. Naturally, you use detachable paint in the kitchen. This way you can keep the walls clean and remove any stains easily.

The right material

Important when painting a wall is choosing the right material. Invest in good quality brushes and rollers. Buy a somewhat more expensive flat brush, with the cheaper variant let the hair loose faster. Cover the floor with cover foil so that it is protected against paint splashes. Use a telescopic rod to attach the paint roller when painting the ceiling. For the ceiling there is also special paint for sale where it is not necessary to clean the ceiling for painting.

The condition and texture of the wall

Before you start painting, it is necessary that the wall is in the right condition. The wall must be clean, grease-free and uniform in texture. Dust the wall and then clean it with a wet cloth and a degreasing agent, available from the hardware store. You can also use lukewarm water and ammonia for this purpose. Any unevenness in the wall can be smoothed with filler.

It is also important to unscrew any sockets or a thermostat from the wall before you start painting. This way you get a nice tight result and you also prevent wall paint from ending up on these items. Wall sockets and other wall-mounted components can also be covered with special masking tape. Do not forget to also stick the skirting boards!

The ideal temperature

Before painting, switch off the central heating or heater in the relevant room. Air the room in advance if necessary. If the room is too warm, there is a chance that the paint dries irregularly, creating unsightly streaks on the wall. The ideal temperature for indoor painting is between 10 and 25 degrees. Sometimes, however, this also differs per type of wall paint, so check this carefully on the packaging.

Mix the color

You can of course choose a nice white color in the hardware store or in a paint store, but a cheaper solution is to mix the shade yourself. By mixing pure white with a bit of gray you get a stylish cool undertone that goes perfectly with, for example, walls that are painted gray. White mixed with a minimum amount of yellow, red or orange create a warm white tint. White with a red undertone can be combined fantastically with, for example, a red piece of furniture such as a couch. Do you want to mix the paint yourself? Make sure that you frequently stir with a stirring stick. The color you add must be completely absorbed by the paint before you start painting.

Start painting

When you start painting, it is important that you start with the corners and edges. For this you use a flat brush and possibly a corner roller. This is smaller and more flexible than a 'normal' paint roller and ensures a tight, beautifully finished effect. If you paint the corners and edges last, this will clearly show when the paint dries. That of course gives anything but a beautiful effect!

The application of the paint

Most wall paint is now water-based. When you put the paint on the wall, make sure that your paint roller is also slightly damp. This ensures that the paint adheres better to the surface. Pay attention that you roll the roller well: it must be moist and not soaking wet, because that way you achieve the opposite result.

Also make sure that you paint in daylight for optimal results. Do you still want to paint in the evening? Illuminate the room sufficiently and preferably pretty bright so that you can see what you are doing.

Remove imperfections immediately

Sometimes some paint from your roller or brush is dripping over the wall. This should be removed immediately to prevent the paint from drying out and unevennesses (so-called drips or sagging) appear on the wall. Do this with a sponge and then paint over it again. Have you overlooked a sack and has it dried up in the meantime? Then you can stick it away with a putty knife. Then update the spot with some paint and a brush. This way you get a nice and tight result in no time without unevenness!