Do it yourself or DIY home improvements are all the rage these days – everyone is at. In fact, it can be good fun especially if a team of people works together on a project. It is a good way of sharing or passing on knowledge and expertise too. I have been to a few decorating parties and enjoyed them immensely. Just make sure to keep the atmosphere light; provide plenty of cakes and sandwiches; tea and coffee and plenty of humor. Alcohol can come later when you have finished. It is a good idea to remember too that not everyone has the same level of skill or dexterity, and there will be accidents, so be prepared and do not get angry or annoyed. Here are top tips to help you in your Indoor Painting:
1-Skirting Trouble: take the carpets up, unless you have an expert there, but otherwise mask the carpet off with wide packing tape and do not paint right down to it – there is no need. It is wise to tape the floors even if the carpets are up because you do not want dust in your brush or the paint pot.
2-A Perfect Match: wall paint, once applied, is rarely the same shade as on the color chart. To get an accurate match for color matching accessories, paint some on a white card to take shopping with you.
3-Small Is Beautiful: when painting doors or windows, wash out an empty dog-food or baked bean can and put paint from the large can into it. A small container is easier to handle, but it is good practice anyway, in case you get too much dust in the paint, which can easily happen. It is better to lose half a pint that half a gallon. It also helps stop the paint in the larger can from drying out and thickening. When you are done, you can throw the small cans away. While we are on the subject. Fit the lid tightly on the large can and turn it upside down. This prevents the skin forming on the top of the paint, where it would have to be broken, which can lead to lumps in your paint.
4-Touch Ups: resist the temptation to clear everything out when you have finished redecorating. Instead, save a half a pint of each in a screw top jar. These are an exact match for your color scheme and will cover any future knocks and scratches.
5-Unload Your Brush: to avoid overloading your paintbrush if you are an inexperienced decorator, fit a wire across the mouth of the tin. you can use it to remove excess and rest your brush on. On the point of excess paint on the brush, do not be tempted to wipe your brush on the lip of the can; they are often sharp and will cut your bristles leaving them in your paintwork or in your tin.