In this blog post, we will explain how you paint and decorate new plasterwork. Our client had built a new extension on a period house in Ranelagh, Dublin 6, and needed us to paint the new plasterwork.
Our approach to working on this extension involved several stages:
1. We rubbed the new plasterwork down first to ensure a smooth, even surface. This takes time before you start, but it gives a much better finish at the end so it is worth the effort and time.
2. Once this was complete, we then applied a primer coat to seal the walls. When working on raw plaster, this is essential for preparing the newly plastered walls for painting.
3. With that complete, we then painted the ceiling and walls with matt emulsion paint, using a combination of brushes and rollers.
4. Once that had dried, we then applied a second coat.
In this particular case, our clients chose emulsion paint. However, there are other options available to you if you are painting a kitchen or bathroom.
We also recommend that vinyl silk or soft sheen emulsion paints are used for several reasons. The most important of these is for family homes as they are easier to clean, so if a chocolate covered handprint does go on a wall, it can easily be cleaned off with a damp cloth!
New plasterwork before being painted in a period house in Ranelagh
Before we painted and decorated new plasterwork in a period house in Ranelagh
A newly painted extension in a period residence in Ranelagh
After painting the kitchen extension in a period house in Ranelagh