House Painting Hacks

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House Painting Hacks

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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.

1. Outsource

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.

2. Plan

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.

house painting planning
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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.

5. Primers

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.

6. Prepare

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.

house painting hacks
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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.

Got any other painting tips? Let us know in the comments below!

Painting Ideas To Refresh Your Apartment

It’s summer, it’s a new year and there’s no time like the present to breathe life back into your apartment. "Painting Ideas To Refresh Your Apartment"

Painting Ideas To Refresh Your Apartment

It’s summer, it’s a new year and there’s no time like the present to breathe life back into your apartment. With a fresh lick of paint on the walls, new plants and cute pillow or two your home will look like something out of a home magazine.

Painting your apartment will make the biggest difference to your home, however I realise that many of you are renters (myself included) so as well as painting ideas for your home here’s some inspiration to add a crisp new-look to your place.

2015 Painting Trends

Every year there are new interior design trends but that doesn’t mean you need to break the bank and buy new furniture. The key is to not only pick something that you like but also assess what will work with the space and your furniture.

Bold and Beautiful
You will be channeling Miami in the 80’s with colours such as flamingo pink, sunshine yellow and tropical aqua. There’s no way you won’t smile in the morning with this colour explosion as a instant mood lifter.

bold bright living room colour
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This has been around for a little while but you can detoxify your home with bone white, wood and neutral grey soft tones. The only mistake here is not to add warmth and I don’t mean adding red or dark colours. By using different textures such as fur rugs, knitted or cotton pillows and a wooden coffee table you will make your place feel fresh but not cold.

nordic colour trend
Source: Quality Furniture Center

Go Green
Planter boxes and terrariums are hottest room accessories right now but this year it will go to a whole new level. You’ll see people bring the outside in with indoor plants everywhere and even homage to 1960’s Hawaii with palm tree prints on lampshades and pillows.

green living room
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Sorbet colours such as baby blue, pink and yellow bring softness to a room but also some lovely spots of colour. It might not be a colour you paint and entire room but as patterned chevron it looks great. It also goes well with the Nordic design if you wanted to add a pop of colour.

pastel living room colour trend
Source: My Casita Living

Need some help with the painting? There are plenty of Airtasker available in your neighbourhood ready to lend a helping hand.

Non-painting wall ideas

If you rent or just want to change things up in the short term, I’ve come across a few ideas that won’t see you loose your bond money.

Paint furniture
You don’t own the walls but you own the furniture so maybe it’s time to spice up the chairs by painting them a different colour or painting larger items such as the wardrobe and dining table.

IKEA furniture is super easy to transform into something that looks like it didn’t come from a flat pack. Take a look at our IKEA Furniture Hacks article for more inspiration.

Source: Decor Hacks

Focal wall
Create a focus wall with large artwork, picture frames or wall stickers. You could also use a bookcase to paint the inside of and fill with little eye-catching treasures.

Source: Nicehomez

Removable wallpaper
Yes, you heard right and it does exist. With loads of designs you can go all out in your place and it doesn’t have to be on the walls, think about that plain chest of drawers too.

Source: Tip Junkie

Have you got any other great ideas for painting ideas? Let us know in the comments below.