PET project

How to paint when there are pets in the house

Horowhenua Chronicle - - OPEN HOMES -

Pets and their own­ers share a spe­cial un­con­di­tional love — un­til Fluffy messes up your freshly painted wall. Here are some tips on how to paint with pets.

The only thing more in­fu­ri­at­ing than a pet trail­ing dirt through the house is a more per­ma­nent print: paint tracks. Any­one who has re­painted their house on their own knows that plac­ing a sign read­ing, “Cau­tion, wet paint” isn’t a warn­ing heeded by dogs or cats. In fact, pets some­how seem more likely to brush up against a wall when it’s fresh with paint. And let’s face it, Re­sene Anakiwa only looks good on your wall, not in their fur.

If you don’t want your an­i­mals to traipse through your work zone then check out these tips on how to paint with pets.

Cre­ate a pet-proofed bar­rier

In gen­eral, it’s best to keep an­i­mals away from paint. But, bar­ri­ers be­tween pets and their own­ers only makes the an­i­mal more cu­ri­ous. “Why can’t I get to you?” they seem to ask. If you’re go­ing to put up a bar­rier, then you should make sure there are more in­ter­est­ing things for your an­i­mal to do on the other side. Leave out toys and treats, and maybe even an­other play­mate.

Al­ter­na­tively, you could al­ways take your pet to a neigh­bours for a lit­tle play date.

Take them to the ken­nel

If you want to play things safe, house your pets in a ken­nel or cat­tery for a cou­ple of days or un­til the job is done. You know the tem­per­a­ment of your pet the best — if they’re ram­bunc­tious, a lit­tle time away from home might be your best op­tion. If you’re feel­ing guilty, how­ever, think of it this way, you can also have your an­i­mal groomed so that when they re­turn, they’re fresh as a daisy. Spoil your pets so they won’t spoil your fin­ish.

Paint tips

Re­mem­ber, the type of paint you use when you have pets is the most im­por­tant. Think­ing you have the per­fect colour for your hall means noth­ing if it’s not pet-proofed. What do we mean by this? Pet own­ers need a paint that is easy to clean in case of smudges or dirt marks, so it’s gen­er­ally wise to opt for a higher sheen fin­ish. Choose at least a low sheen fin­ish and where it fits your home’s look, a semi-gloss fin­ish, such as Re­sene Lus­tacryl. The higher the gloss level the eas­ier it will be to wipe away pet marks.

Once you have the pets taken care of, you can turn your full at­ten­tion to dec­o­rat­ing with­out the fear of paint cov­ered paw­prints through your home.

If you want to play things safe, house your pets in a ken­nel or cat­tery for a cou­ple of days or un­til the job is done.

Photo / Wendy Fen­wick

Choose durable paint fin­ishes in hall­ways that are easy to wipe clean. This hall­way, in a project by Gem Adams, is fin­ished in Re­sene SpaceCote Low Sheen in R. Stack, R. Quar­ter Stack and R. Color­wood White­wash.

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