House painting is not just a big job, but a huge job. It’s messy, time consuming and frustrating; not to mention the paint fumes are enough to make you wish you’d contracted a professional. Painting your house is never going to be a stress-free task, but it can be made easier and quicker with a few house painting ideas, tips and tricks to help you along the way.
Don’t worry we’re not talking about this costing thousands but *spoiler alert* this could be the best hack of them all. Getting someone to help you out regardless if you put up a Airtasker painting task, ask your makes or family, it will make an enormous difference – even if it’s just to keep you company.
It’s not as easy as heading to Bunnings, picking up some paint tins and slopping it on the walls hoping to be done by lunch. You need to plan:
– What and how to cover furniture.
– When are you going to paint – perhaps a long weekend.
– What tools you need e.g. spray gun, brushes, rollers, sand paper
After all there’s nothing worse than getting ready to go and realising you forgot to buy the paint roller.
3. The paint
Don’t just think about colour. Think about finishes, the base of the paint and so forth. Talk to your local paint shop about what would suit your home best and don’t be afraid to take some sample pots to try out suggestions.
Wash your roller thoroughly or run over it with a lint roller before you start. This will eliminate the fuzzy bits getting stuck in your paint job.
If you are painting over previously painted walls, run a swab with some rubbing alcohol over your old-painted walls. If paint comes off, the surface is latex-based paint and if it doesn’t, it’s oil-based paint. This is important as oil-based paint needs a primer.
Speaking of primer, use one. It will make your job look cleaner and last a lot longer.
Hate cleaning up after painting? Then don’t. Line your paint tray with a plastic bag so you don’t have to wash it up after your job is done.
Buy some old sheets from St. Vincent de Paul or The Salvation Army to place over your floor. They are super cheap and won’t have you giving up your spare room linen.
7. Painting furniture
If you are painting chairs, lightly tap some nails into the legs of the chairs. Voila, you can now paint all over without leaving paint marks on the floor.
Same goes with bigger items; prop them up on blocks of wood to get optimum access with your paint brush.
8. Painting tips
When painting, run your roller in a ‘w’ shape – like a zig zag. This will give the best finish when dry.
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If you are painting on concrete, fear not! All you have to do it coat it with white vinegar and let that dry before painting over the top. This will prevent the paint from cracking.
9. External painting
If you are painting outside, consider hiring a spray-painting system. It will save you a lot of time and will give you an excellent finish.
10. Painting hacks
Put Vaseline over screws and hinges so they won’t get paint on them if you run over them with your paintbrush.
The paint fumes driving you mental? Cut up some onions and leave them around the room; this will neutralise the smell (just don’t eat the onions afterward). For a more pleasant smell, add an extract to your paint, such as peppermint or vanilla, and mix in as much as possible. This counteracts fumes and will leave your house smelling beautiful.
This article was written by Airtasker – Zoe T.
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