DIY: What you need to know before you start painting your home

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If you are planning a whole new look for your home, the best option on the board would be to hire a reputed contractor to handle it. But if you are more worked up about the expense and yes, a paint contractor can charge you exorbitant rates depending on how experienced they are, in which case, you can always opt to handle it on your own. DIY projects are becoming the “in” thing these days, and the good news is that you can design and paint your home, just the way you wanted it instead of letting others decide it for you.

Check out these essential tips.

  • Get the supplies The first thing that you need to do is to purchase the essential supplies from drop cloths to paint. And you are probably going to get floored by the shopkeeper’s question as to what sort of paint you need. When it comes to house painters in Auckland, you would find that most professional painters tend to use a mix of water and oil-based paints, solely depending on the foot traffic that the room sees, in a short duration. Given that, you can expect your kitchen to have an oil-based coating, as it would be easier to clean. The same logic applies to the bathroom and the swimming pools, changing rooms, and other areas that see a lot of moisture. Here’s how you can figure out which room requires what sort of paint; take a rag, soak it in some rubbing alcohol and wipe it against the walls. If some of the paint comes off, then you would have your answer. And make sure that you measure all the rooms as you would need the exact area measurements for calculating how much you require to paint your home. Once that’s done, you can head to the hardware shop and get the required supplies.
  • Selecting the right color and tone: When it comes to painting your home, the first thing that you need to realize is that you are not painting an office room. You are essentially painting your home and it needs to be in a shade that makes you feel relaxed and comfortable. You certainly do not want something too over-bright for your living room or your bedroom. Just keep in mind that you are not looking to make a fashion statement but just sprucing up your home. So use a color palette and select the right shades for the various rooms in your home.
  • Prep the wall: Like any professional painter would tell you, the essential thing that’s left for you is to sand the wall and to remove all traces of dust, grime, and even grease from the walls along with traces of old paint. And one of the effective ways to get this done is by sanding the wall. Use good quality sandpaper and of the right grit otherwise, you are not going to accomplish much. For effective sanding and removing traces of old paint, you would require sandpaper with a grit between 320 and 400. You can purchase this at the hardware store as well. Now, you are all set to get painting your home.

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