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As it is now officially summer I thought that it was about time that the bathroom got its annual overhaul. This mean't that I had to drag my unsuspecting hubbie around Focus DIY store looking for the right shade of paint.
We did the usual found the paint no problem a Vinyl matt emulsion in magnolia this time, as previously I had chosen the Aqua green colour that I had grown to hate over the past year far to green and I was never a fan of green. It was hard to understand why then I had chosen this colour in the previous attempt.
Never mind I had picked the neutral Magnolia shade a nice cream clean looking paint, which went on the wall in two coats and still could really do with another for good measure as I have since noticed there are one or two patches that I had previously missed. Humpf.
So in an ideal view of the paint itself it doesn't really cover the wall in one sitting and ideally needs at least three coats to cover well. Not my idea of fun as I don't like watching paint dry in the attempt to get the bathroom finished in a day. However each coat dried fairly quickly due to the dry weather we are having and I suppose 1 to 2 hours at a time and it was dry.
It dried to a nice finish if a little patchy where the third coat still needs to go on but nice never the less.
It was easy to clean off the pads brushes and rollers used to apply this paint and I used a paint tray to put it into. You just washed them through with some water and washing up liquid and made sure that all the paint and liquid were out of them before hanging to dry. Easy peasy.
Focus made finding the paint easy with large signs above all the aisles and there were large amounts to choose from of all different brands, so you should be able to find something you would like. We also took the opportunity to have a good rummage around the rest of the shop too.
The paint did have a slight odour but nothing too bad that you couldn't live with it for a day. I think they use some kind of odour control in it these days.
The price was fairly good too and averaged around £4.99 to £18.99 depending on the size of tub you required. There are always bargain buys in the paint department too and I would recommend that you check these out before buying. These are usually located at the head of the paint section or buy the entrance of the shop.
My bathroom really looks the part now and all I have to do is add the final touches. So although it needed more than one coat I would recommend Focus Emulsions.
Previously we painted the whole house with Focus paints and found that it was really good and has kept clean too. It took us a week to do the whole house so not too bad.
A few hints and tips:-
Vinyl Silk emulsion
creates a silky finish its water resistant properties make it particularly suitable for high traffic areas.
Vinyl matt emulsion is a hard wearing paint which gives a smooth matt finish and can be useful in disguising uneven surfaces and can be used on both walls and ceilings.
Kitchen and bathroom paint is an easy to use paint specially formulated for use in areas of high condensation and is washable and resists grease and grime.
One coat emulsion as its name states only requires one coat of paint when decorating, its available in matt and silk finish.
And just for good measure on average emulsion paint covers approx 14sq metres per litre so 2 1/2 litres is usually enough to cover an average room with one coat. This will depend on the style of paint work you are going for as if you are rag rolling you will require a bit more paint.
Make sure all surfaces are clean and dry before painting.
Pretreat walls if damp or condensation problems occur by using a pva wash.
Wait till dry before applying paint. Happy painting. I am going to rest now with a Pims in the garden.