Put down a drop sheet to protect your floors. Take off the doorstop and fill any dents or holes with putty. Give the trim a light sand. Then use a cloth to clean off any dust before you start painting.
Put tape on the wall around the trim to prevent getting any paint on it when you're painting.
Stir your paint well before you use it. Make sure your room is well-ventilated and wear your dust mask.
Pour some paint into a smaller pot to make it more portable and easier to manage when you're up a ladder.
Make sure you've got a good quality brush to paint with. It's a good idea to paint your edges first and then your flat faces. Use long strokes of your brush, working from the top down to the bottom. Work in small sections and make sure all areas have equal coverage.
Let the undercoat dry and then give it a light sanding before applying the topcoat.
Stir your topcoat paint and pour some into a small bucket to make it more portable and easier to use while you're up a ladder. In this example, we've chosen a semi-gloss enamel for the topcoat as it's very durable.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.