Huge Mistakes We’re All Guilty of Making When Painting

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When you’re looking for a way to brighten up the place a little, there is often no better option than to simply give the room a new coat of paint – literally. And for the most part, it is a pretty simple job. It’s certainly easier than the majority of renovation tasks, let’s put it that way!

However, there are some mistakes that can be made. And some of these are a lot more common than others. Here are some of those that nearly all of us can admit to making once in a while, and how to avoid them yourself.

Not Doing the Proper Prep Work

This is probably the most common mistake out of the lot, and that is simply because prep work often seems like a chore, and even more often seems kind of, well… pointless. Unfortunately for everyone involved, the prep work needed when repainting a room is entirely necessary, so here’s how you go about it.

Clean off the walls before you start. Make sure they’re completely dry. Get rid of any dust and use masking tape to protect everything you don’t want painted – light switches, skirting boards, door frames. Cover the floors and furniture with sheets, then you can start with a coat of primer. Once all of that is done, you can make a start on the proper painting.

Using Super Cheap Tools

When it comes to tools, you get what you pay for – up to a point, at least. Look, we’re not recommending you run out and spend a few hundred on a paint brush and that you use paint with flecks of gold leaf, but we are telling you to avoid cheaping out and buying the least expensive tools around.

Everyone knows that good paint gives good results. That much is obvious. But if you really want a nice finish, you’ll have to pay a premium for your applicators too. This way, you can avoid unsightly errors like smudges and errant paint brush bristles. Trust us, it will be more than worth the extra expense.

Not Doing Your Research

Although this is, in a way, a form of prep work, we do feel that it is important enough to warrant giving it a separate space in this article, and we’ve put it in the final spot on the list to really emphasise its importance: try your paint before you buy.

No, really – try it out! If you aren’t willing to take some samples home and do the extra leg work, you are signing yourself up for disaster. Buy a few small tester pots of the different shades of paint you really like, then paint a large piece of board for each colour. Hang them in the room for a day or two – this will allow you to see exactly how the colour looks all throughout the day.

If you want to make sure the colour is right for you, this is the best way. It’s certainly better than buyer’s remorse two weeks down the line!

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