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10 Painting Tips and Tricks for DIY Enthusiasts

There’s something about DIY that gets your enthusiasm flowing and your adrenaline running; there’s a great deal of pride in getting things done around your home with your own hands, and you feel an immense sense of satisfaction when you get the job done right because you’ve reduced your expenses and contributed handsomely by way of effort. However, for DIY projects to get done without any major hitches or hurdles, you need to know what you’re doing, have a plan, and work according to it. Success in DIY depends on taking all the precautions necessary, avoiding giving in to cockiness and know-it-all behavior, and listening to words of wisdom if they’re offered by professionals and others who have been there, done that before you.

So if you’re thinking of taking on the simple task (or so you think) of painting the walls of your home, here are a few tips to help you get the job done successfully and without any hiccups:

  • Set a schedule before you do anything else – if you’re an amateur, allow extra time for unforeseen circumstances and for just starting out slowly and steadily.
  • Tackle one room at a time – push all the furniture to the center, remove all the paintings and photographs and other paraphernalia from the walls, and cover them all with a tarp so that you don’t get paint all over your stuff. Also spread cloth over the floor because that’s where most of your paint is going to spill or spatter.
  • Spend the first few hours buying all that you will need and setting up your workspace – paints, brushes, rollers, paint rags, thinners, spackle, sanders, can openers, hammers, screwdrivers, and any other tool you think you may need. You may not want to walk around the house with paint all over you.
  • Ensure that you’ve covered yourself with overalls to avoid getting paint all over your clothes. And if you’re painting the ceiling, cover your hair and wear protective eye-gear.
  • Clean the walls with a damp cloth before you paint over them; also remove peeling and cracked paint and then sand the walls before applying a new coat of paint.
  • You may have to fill in holes or cracks in the wall with spackle before applying a new coat of paint. Get this done first instead of stopping midway and having to wait for the spackle to dry before you can paint over it.
  • If there are wall or ceiling fixtures that cannot be removed, cover them with large plastic bags so that you don’t get paint drops on them.
  • If possible, remove door knobs and handles other fixtures before you start painting, or at least cover them with plastic sheets.
  • Stir the paint after you open a new can, and pour it into another smaller container instead of dipping the brush directly into the paint can.
  • Talk to a professional painter before you begin, and find out how you can go about the task for the best results. Ask if you will need to use a primer, what kind of brushes will work best, and how you can get the job done faster and more efficiently.

You may encounter a few hurdles along the way, but if you figure out where you’ve gone wrong and how to correct your mistakes, you soon have a freshly painted room.