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Traditional hallway

Transform a dark hallway with a selection of light and fresh Resene colours.

Finished hallway - light and bright

Room for improvement with Mark Rayner - Project 01

Difficulty level: Easy

Room: Hallway
Condition: Excellent
Ceiling: Previously painted with waterborne ceiling paint
Woodwork: Previously painted with waterborne semi-gloss paint
Walls: Previously painted with waterborne low sheen paint

You will need:  Bucket with warm water, clean cloths, dropcloth, paintbrushes, paint roller and tray, paint stirrer, Resene Ceiling Paint white (you could also use Resene SpaceCote Flat), Resene Interior Paintwork Cleaner, Resene Lustacryl tinted to Resene Alabaster, Resene SpaceCote Flat tinted to Resene Soft Mint (you could also use Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen or Resene Zylone Sheen for a low sheen finish), rubber gloves, sandpaper, screwdriver.

Step 1
Step one
Carefully remove door handles and light switch and socket cover plates.
Step 2
Step two
Mix one part Resene Interior Paintwork Cleaner to sixty parts clean warm water.
Step 3
Step three
Carefully wash the ceiling, walls and woodwork with the solution following instructions on the packaging. Wipe off any excess solution with a clean dry cloth.
Step 4
Step four
Lightly sand all the woodwork to ‘key’ the surface and wipe off any sanding residue with a clean cloth.
Step 5
Step five
Carefully stir the Resene Ceiling Paint.
Step 6
Step six
Cut in around the edges of the ceiling and around light fittings with the Resene Ceiling Paint.
Step 7
Step seven
Roll the remainder of the ceiling and allow two hours for paint to dry.
Step 8
Step eight
Repeat steps six and seven and allow the ceiling paint to dry.
Step 9
Step nine
Carefully stir the Resene SpaceCote Flat.
Step 10
Step ten
Cut in around all the woodwork, corners, light switches and sockets with the Resene SpaceCote Flat.
Step 11
Step eleven
Roll the remainder of the walls with Resene SpaceCote Flat and allow two hours for paint to dry.
Step 12
Step twelve
Repeat steps ten and eleven and allow wall paint to dry.
Step 13
Step thirteen
Carefully stir the Resene Lustacryl.
Step 14
Step fourteen
Apply one coat of Resene Lustacryl to all the woodwork and allow two hours to dry.
Step 15
Step fifteen
Repeat step fourteen and allow paint to dry.
Step 16
Step sixteen
Carefully replace door handles and light switch and socket cover plates.

Handy hints: When using a combination of light and dark colours on walls always paint the lightest colour first as it’s easier to cut in with a dark colour over a lighter.

When painting it’s usually best to start from the top and work your way down – paint the ceiling first then the walls. If any drips from your ceiling painting end up on your walls they won’t ruin your new paintwork.

Top tip: Use an angled brush for cutting in – this will save time and create a neater edge.

To get the look: Mark previously varnished the floor with Resene Polythane clear polyurethane.

Other ideas: For a more sumptuous look consider using a bolder colour as a feature wall.

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