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5 things to consider before painting your home yourself

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It can be tempting to go at it yourself where painting is concerned; after all, it looks easy, and you'll save yourself some money which you can use to fund other parts of your remodel. Still, we'd advice against diving in without any concrete information - pun totally intended - so here are some things to be mindful of before you get started.

1. Time - Rome wasn't built in a day, and your home most certainly needs more than a few sparse hours to be painted well. Make sure you've got the time to do it. Set aside a whole day and make sure you've got a supply of food, fizzy drinks, and good-vibes music to last you through the day. A weekend where you're home alone, or with a painting partner, is a great idea; otherwise, take the day off!

2. Materials - The things that escape our attention when we're watching others paint include just how many things we need! Brushes aside, you'll need a checklist's worth of items. For larger painting projects involving many buckets of paint, you'll want a large container to mix all the paint in for consistent colour throughout. You'll need newspaper and tarp; the former for shielding your floors, the latter for pieces of furniture too large to move. You'll need painter's tape to paint distinct lines around areas you don't want to paint, such as the edge separating the wall and the ceiling. You'll need a scraper to remove the previous paint residue, hole filler in case your walls have been damaged, rags for wiping away dripping paint, wall primer, a pourer, and a stirring spout. Don't worry if this sounds daunting; just head to your nearest friendly paint suppliers and they'll be able to tell you what else you'll need.

3. Areas of interest - You'll need to prep your walls before painting to ensure a longer-lasting coat. Fix the dents in your walls, and fill up the cracks and holes. Scrape away bits of flaking paint from your last coat. Glossy surfaces need to be sanded down, and the walls have to be cleaned so that the paint goes on smoothly and does not trap in dirt. Look out for wall sockets, windows, door frames, and skirtings; if you're not painting over those, cover them with masking tape to avoid getting unwanted colour over them.

4. To work we go. If you're painting over a newly-plastered surface, or repainting over a powdery one, you'll need to prime your walls with a sealer. Aim for two coats of your top coat paint, and make sure you have enough time for the first coat to dry before applying the next. Don't worry - most new formulations are odour-free, so you'll be able to paint without inhaling toxic fumes!

5. Effort vs returns. At the end of the day, if it sounds too painful, don't be afraid to pick up the phone and just call the professionals in! Most professional paint companies provide painting services, inclusive of prep work, colour consultations, furniture moving, and warranty for paint defects. 

Photos from AkzoNobel.