House painting hacks

Painting your house can be made easier and quicker with a few ideas, tips and tricks.

House painting hacks

Giving your home a fresh coat of paint can give it an instant facelift.
But let’s face it, it’s not exactly an easy task. With prep, painting and cleaning up – not to mention time-consuming, some extra tips and tricks can make it less painful. Here are our house painting hacks to help you refresh your home.


As much as we wish it was as easy to pick a weekend, go to Bunnings, pick up some paint and it’s all done by the Sunday night… it’s often not as easy as that. But if you properly plan, you can get pretty close to it.

You need to plan:

  • What and how to cover furniture
  • When are you going to paint –  a long weekend will give you an extra day
  • What tools you need e.g. spray gun, brushes, rollers, sandpaper
  • Who’s going to help you? If you need an extra hand, get there are plenty of painting experts who can help.


What colour you choose is a big decision to make so it’s important to do your research, talk to your local paint shop and also get as many samples as you can.

Paint the samples on the wall in big swatches and also some closer to the carpet line, if you need it to match. Then leave it for a few days and see which one works for you.


If you’re using a roller that you already have, make sure you wash it thoroughly. If it’s brand-new roll a lint roller over it before you start to get rid of all the fluff, which you don’t want in your paint.


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 paintwork look cleaner and last a lot longer.


Hate cleaning up after painting? Then don’t. Line your paint tray with a glad wrap so you don’t have to wash it up after the painting is done.

You can buy drop sheets but save your money and use some old bed sheets that are taking up cupboard space.

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.

Painting tips

When painting, run your roller in a ‘w’ shape like a zig-zag. This will give the best finish when dry. It will also help you to space out the paint by using long lines so that you don’t get any bubbles or dripping.

If you are painting on concrete, 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.

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. All you need to do is cross your fingers for great weather.

Painting hacks

Put Vaseline over screws, hinges, and windows so that paint won’t stick to it if you go over with your paintbrush.

Are the paint fumes a bit too much? Apparently, you can cut up some onions and leave them around the room to neutralise the smell. 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
Source: House Beautiful

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
Source: houzz

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.