Have you ever wondered how decorators make painting a house look easy?
Well it’s not as simple as you believe but with these top tips, you can learn from the professionals and complete a painting job to be very proud of!
Most “normal” people (?) take painters and decorators for granted, it may be suggested, after all, how challenging can it be to stick a brush into a pot of paint and rub it on to a wall?
Well, realistically if you’ve ever watched a professional decorator in the workplace, you might be surprised it is not as simple as they make it look. As qualified decorators myself, I have often been called out to quote to put right DIY disasters or poor quality work when someone who called themselves a decorator actually made a bodge up of the work, typically because the home owner picked the very cheapest quote and now regrets it.
Why would a decorator bodge a painting task?
Well we live in a world where actually anyone can call themselves a decorator, from off duty fireman and milkmen, to folks on the dole and always for cash in their hand not surprisingly!
Well, very few of these part timers are any good, although of course you will find exceptions to the rule, but if you want your house painted correctly, (and take into account your property could easily be worth between £200,000 and £400,000), you …er…. really do need to dip into your pocket and get it done right!
What if you, yourself wish to have a try at painting?
Not a problem, and regardless of my dire warnings above (!) doing a spot of decorating yourself might be fun, and rewarding too. Who hasn’t felt that sense of satisfaction when standing back from a wall you’ve just painted and thinking “I did that!”.
We bring some pointers and tricks today, direct from the tradesman’s mouth, Keith Blenkinsop is a 20 year veteran decorator based in Newcastle so hopefully with his advice you can say the above phrase with a smile on your face, and not, crying your eyes out.
Below are a few trade tricks and tips for successful home painting.
Tip one: You think it’s easy?
Don’t presume painting and decorating is straightforward, it’s not. If it were easy there’d be no requirement for the scores of decorating contractors globally.
If you don’t have the right equipment and tools, or the experience and confidence to do any painting, specially exterior decorating, then leave it to a proper painter please! Receiving a quote for house painting is quick and simple and a good painter will get the task done in almost no time at all, for very long lasting results.
Tip two: Preperation is the most significant component of any home décor job.
Always spend a longer period on preparation than you would actually doing the main painting in the first place. Good decorators spend about 60% to 70% of each job on the prep work, and then they have made the painting easier for themselves and they’ll achieve a remarkable finish too!
This includes the use of filler, scraping away old paint, eliminating mould, grouting or silicone filling cracks, filling out the beading gaps around windows etc etc, it’s ALL got to be done even before you open up the can of paint.
Its also wise to definitely avoid low-cost brushes (for example) as they hold less paint, and thus you have to work twice as hard for 50% less of a good paint finish. Furthermore, a cheap brush will in all probability shed its bristles on to your paint, possibly ruining the job, specifically if you are gloss painting.
Pay attention to detail for the best quality paint finish
If you remember to put down dust sheets or old blankets, this also assists with a better job, after all, what is the point of spending 2 days painting and then another 2 days cleaning off all the paint spills and drips? Use masking tape and old newspaper and cover all window cills too.
If you want to paint like a pro, dress like a pro, work like a pro, think like a pro and you WILL BE a pro! (With any luck ,). Some final thoughts….
A lot of the time it really is down your mindset and how seriously you take each painting project.
LEARN from the trade, there’s loads more advice around the web than the points we’re giving you here today.
Make sure if you are painting room, do what the professional does and move all furniture out and of course take the pictures down AND the lampshade if you are painting the ceiling.
If you’re painting or decorating externally, make sure you are at ease using ladders or scaffolding, get rid of all plants and other obstructions against the wall and, if you have read this article completely, you will be positive enough to do some painting yourself. If not and your based in the North East consider hiring a professional like Adstyle Decorators, they cover most areas in The North East of England