DIY how to… decorating guide


Harris decorating setWelcome to the next instalment of our new how-to DIY series of blogs where we will provide you with step-by-step guides for tackling different DIY projects around your home.

These steps include handy hints and tips to make doing it yourself easier and more manageable.

This month we're tackling how to decorate a room…

What you will need:

  • Harris Gel Brush and Roller Set (includes Taskmasters Masking tape, ID Lock ā€˜nā€™ Roll roller, Roller tray, Taskmasters Disposable tray inserts, ID Gel Oval 3 brush set, ID Oval 35mm, Taskmasters Polythene Dust Sheet and ID gel 2ā€ filling knife)
  • Filler
  • Sandpaper

Filling knifeStep 1

Fill any cracks by removing loose material with a filling knife, then press filler into the crack and smooth off the surplus with the flat of the blade. Smooth down excess filler with abrasive paper until the repair is flush with the surface.


Dust sheetStep 2

Protect your flooring with the dust sheet provided. Apply masking tape to any areas you need to protect such as skirting boards. Smooth it down with your fingers, sticking it only to the top of the skirting board.


ID Gel Oval brushStep 3

Use the ID Gel Oval brush first for cutting in corners and edges to ensure neat, straight lines. Go along the line between the ceiling and wall, paint down about 5cm (2"). Cut in around light switches and edges. Also use the ID Oval brush to paint curved items like banisters.


Roller trayStep 4

Place tray insert into roller tray. Fill the well of the tray half full with paint and set the roller into the middle of the tray. Lift the roller and roll it down the slope of the tray two or three times to allow the paint to work into the roller.


Roller brushStep 5

Working in 1 metre sections, roll the paint on in a zigzag pattern without lifting the roller from the wall, then fill in the blanks with zigzag strokes. Finish the area with light strokes. With the last stroke, raise the roller slowly so that it does not leave a mark.

And, you're done! Remember to wash all your brushes and tools well to prevent the paint sticking.

View our DIY department for more handy tools and inspiration.

Make sure you check back each month for our new DIY how-to guides, and if you have any ideas for what DIY projects you'd like to see in the coming months then leave us a comment below!

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