How to fix skirting boards
Choose the longest possible length that you can find in the market ( usually 5.4 metres if you have a larger room, or 4.2 meters if you have standard rooms). It is best to choose skirting board that has been prepared well during manufacture process, they are referred as double primed and sanded, which means that the machine profile the skirting boards, then sand them, prime them, then sand them again before the last coat of prime. So they should come as white primed boards. By choosing the prepped skirting boards, you would reduce your time and cost of fitting.
So you choose the right length for the wall, use strong nails to screw them to your plaster boards. Just be sure that your plaster boards are fully dried out before you can fix your skirting boards. If you have a 3 meter wall, use 3 or 4 screws evenly throughout the space. If you have a 4.2 meter all, use 5 - 7 screws. If you have a 5.4 meter wall, use a few more. You get the drill, you are the boss of your skirting boards, just choose whatever you think will make the skirting boards fixed to the wall steadily. Then you will see the holes from the screws on the skirting boards, but don’t worry, you can cover them up.
Use a filler to fill each single hole, and make sure that the filler only stay in the hole and scrap off any excess, then wait for it to dry completely before painting.
One of the final steps is to paint over it mainly to cover where you have filled the holes. As the skirting boards already came in white primed, so you don’t need to do your usual 3 coats of paint. But do make sure you go over it once and really work on the filling part. Wait for them to dry, you can either stop there or give it a coat of gloss finish.
Finally, use the decorators chalk to fill in any gaps on top of the skirting boards between the boards themselves and the wall. Then you can sit down with a cup of nice tea just to enjoy your beautifully home.