How to paint your rooms pro­fes­sion­ally to save costs

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You’re ready to re­dec­o­rate your home, but haven’t dab­bled in DIY paint­ing be­fore. The process isn’t as chal­leng­ing as you may think. Fol­low these help­ful tips be­low for a pro­fes­sional-grade paint job, mi­nus the labour costs:

Be­fore pick­ing up a paint­brush, make sure you have the right amount of paint for the job. As a rule of thumb, you’ll need about four litres of paint for ev­ery 110 square me­ters, so mea­sure the width and height of each wall (sub­tract­ing win­dow and door spa­ces) to de­ter­mine how much you’ll need.

• To en­sure your paint job has a smooth fin­ish, check for any holes or cracks and fill them with spackle. Af­ter fill­ing im­per­fec­tions with a putty knife and let­ting the spackle dry, lightly sand the area with a sand­ing block.

• Once that’s com­plete, in­spect the clean­li­ness of your walls. If you can’t re­call the last time they were cleaned, you’ll need to scrub them with soapy wa­ter, rinse and al­low am­ple dry­ing time—at least eight hours. Paint won’t ad­here well to dirty walls, so this step is nec­es­sary to achieve great-look­ing re­sults.

• To pro­tect your pos­ses­sions from paint splat­ters and drips, lay drop cloths on the floor. Since cloths can eas­ily shift, make sure they’re se­cure with dou­blesided tape. Pain­ter’s Mate Green has a Dou­ble-Sided Drop Cloth Tape that holds plas­tic drop cloths in place so that you can avoid slip­pery falls and stay fo­cused on paint­ing. The cloths can be used on var­i­ous floor­ing in­clud­ing car­pet, tile and ce­ramic.

• Af­ter mask­ing off your room with a pain­ter’s tape to avert paint bleed, you’re ready to get to work. For a long-last­ing paint job, prime your walls. Af­ter your primer is com­pletely dry, pop open that paint can and get started.

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