Monday, July 21, 2014

5 DIY tips for painting walls

Instead of cramming one more piece of furniture into your home, you can add that something extra with just a few strokes of paint.

Once you get permission to paint your walls, see if the walls agree with the shade and paint you want. Do a ‘test patch’ to see if you agree with the color during the day and at night.

One different colored wall can make all the difference to suit your every mood. If you're feeling adventurous, you can even do it all by yourself. However, before heading out to your nearest hardware store, you should prepare yourself and your space for such a project. Here’s how…

1. Get permission

If you live in an apartment, get permission to paint from your landlord. Should you get the go-ahead, you might be asked to submit a letter or get a permit to paint. In the case of DIY projects, it is much easier to ask for permission than forgiveness.

2. Test the paint first

Once you get permission to paint your walls, see if the walls agree with the shade and paint you want. Do a ‘test patch’ to see if you agree with the color during the day and at night.

3. Cover, drape and protect

Whether you like it or not, you will drip paint, and the damage may be taken out of your security deposit. Do not cut corners on this step. If you have valuables that may be affected by your project, get them out of the way.

4. Prime as you go

Use primer on all surfaces. Priming seals the walls and helps maintain an even color and finish. If you can, pay a little extra for paint that already has primer in it.

5. Keep the air flowing

Even ‘scent-free’ paint has a distinctive smell that tends to hang around for a while. Keep the windows and doors open for the duration of the paint job. You can also leave a cup of coffee grounds, distilled vinegar or onions out to absorb the smell. 


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