Top 5 mis­takes peo­ple make with a DIY paint job

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Property Guide - - NEWS - Writ­ten by | in First Home Buyer

If walls could talk they would urge any DIY painters out there to wise up be­fore un­der­tak­ing an in­te­rior paint makeover. All too of­ten, those con­sid­er­ing putting their prop­erty on the mar­ket for sale or lease de­cide to jump into a quick paint job with­out a stroke of plan­ning. The re­sult? A cheap look­ing up­grade which po­ten­tial buy­ers and ten­ants can sniff in­stantly. To help you avoid a dis­ap­point­ing in­te­rior paint job, here are 5 of the most com­mon mis­takes peo­ple make when com­plet­ing a DIY paint job.

1. Rush­ing through the prepa­ra­tion stage

So many DIY painters speed through the prepa­ra­tion stage and set them­selves up for fail­ure be­fore they’ve even lifted a brush. Whether it’s be­cause they are time poor, in­ex­pe­ri­enced or sim­ply too eager to get started, in­ad­e­quate prepa­ra­tion is a big thumbs down. Work like a pro by clean­ing and dry­ing the walls thor­oughly and scrap­ing cracked paint from un­even ar­eas. Lay proper painter’s tape care­fully around edges and frames and cover all floors with fixed drop sheets. Save time by re­mov­ing win­dow fur­nish­ings and wall dé­cor in the days lead­ing up to the DIY paint job, for ul­ti­mate ef­fi­ciency.

2. Choos­ing the wrong paint colour

There’s a rea­son most paint sup­pli­ers will tell you to try be­fore you buy, es­pe­cially if you are paint­ing an en­tire home. Thanks to nat­u­ral light and the base colour of your ex­ist­ing walls, the finished colour will al­most al­ways look dif­fer­ent to the paint swatch. Un­for­tu­nately for many DIY painters, chang­ing their minds can hap­pen too late which re­sults in mis­matched ceil­ings, bold colours over­pow­er­ing the space, or whites look­ing stark and un­invit­ing. It’s amaz­ing how the wrong shade of white can throw the am­bi­ence out of whack. It is best to try at least three shades of your de­sired hue on your wall be­fore de­cid­ing on a paint colour. Oth­er­wise, a colour con­sul­tant may be a good op­tion for you.

3. Buy­ing cheap DIY paint brushes

A big mis­take DIY painters tend to make, is spend­ing up on high qual­ity paint whilst for­get­ting about the im­por­tance of good tools. You don’t need many but do in­vest in qual­ity rollers and brushes to avoid an un­even fin­ish. Be sure to buy a pro­fes­sional an­gled paint brush for the frames and in­tri­cate sec­tions of your home. Good brushes en­cour­age less paint wastage and a faster fin­ish.

4. Care­less clean up

Okay, it’s been a long project but come on! So many peo­ple aban­don their brushes and paints at the end of a DIY paint job be­cause they don’t con­sider the ben­e­fits of stor­ing them. Ma­jor er­ror. It can be dif­fi­cult to match wall and ceil­ing paint down the track, so care­fully wip­ing the edges and seal­ing lids of left­over paint is a must; and it only takes a minute. Your brushes should also be thor­oughly cleaned, dried with pa­per towel and cov­ered in plas­tic wrap be­cause you never know when a touch up might be needed. And of course, hold off from re­in­stat­ing fur­ni­ture and wall hang­ings for as long as you can to al­low for max­i­mum dry­ing time.

5. As­sum­ing DIY paint­ing is more cost ef­fec­tive than pro­fes­sional paint­ing

This one is sur­pris­ing. Many pro­fes­sional paint jobs are ac­tu­ally al­lo­cated to fix botched DIY paint jobs; a ridicu­lous waste of time and money for home­own­ers. Paint­ing your­self may seem like the most cost-ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion, but of­ten pro­fes­sional painters can take the reins of your paint­ing project for less than you think. Rather than sourc­ing paint, clean­ing walls, pre­par­ing your home and free­ing your sched­ule to un­der­take a phys­i­cally de­mand­ing paint job, a pro­fes­sional team can do it all for you. Be­sides pay­ing for a high qual­ity, guar­an­teed home im­prove­ment you need to do noth­ing. When you weigh it up, you can bet on an ex­pert paint job. It may be im­por­tant to make mis­takes in life, but not when it comes to DIY paint­ing. Don’t for­get to read our other ar­ti­cle on quick and easy ways to add value to your home!

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