Why Not Try to Paint Your Home Without a Decorator?

Services are very important in our days. For every activity you can hire professional help which can guarantee that your project will be executed in a certain amount of time and in the exact conditions that you need. There are people who are meant to assist you when you want to buy a telephone or when you can’t decide upon the right dress for a party. There are people who take your order and bring you food when you go to a restaurant or fast-food.

But what if you would try to do something without any assistance? Sometimes you can cut your own hair, paint your own nails or bake your own cake. Some people enjoy building dog houses or kites. There are activities where you could simply avoid asking for professional help and enjoy discovering the best ways to get along. You will be surprised to notice first of all that you will use a smaller budget. You will spend your money only on materials and not on manpower, too.

One of the things you can successfully do on your own is painting your home. Of course, a decorator knows the latest trends and can finish the job in a given time. Nevertheless, you can search for tips on how to paint on the internet, in magazines or you can get advice from experienced friends. This is the most important step. You need to make a short research on what you have to do, go shopping for the tools and the paint and start working.

This kind of activity can be extremely fun, especially when you team up with a friend or with your partner. Newlyweds will get a sense of ownership of the place when they paint their home together. They will also realize how well they can work as a team and will have one more thing in common. In families with children, painting the house can become a family activity. All the members may feel important when they are asked to share their preferences regarding the paint colors for each room.

Usually when you start a painting project you think about keeping your family away from the work site because of the unpleasant paint smell. But nowadays producers encourage their clients to ask their families’ help when painting. They supply the stores with eco-paint with no smell at all. The idea that paint stinks won’t chase your family away until the paint is applied and dried. Instead now every member can bring his/her contribution to the home painting project without any risk.

Painting Your Home’s Exterior – DIY Tips

If you are planning to paint the exterior of your home, your first decision is do I hire a painter or do the job myself. More than half the cost of using a professional painter is labor so doing the job yourself can be a big savings. Painting your home is a dreaded and labor intensive job but a little preparation and hard work can produce very satisfying results.

If you decide to do the job yourself the following tips will help produce a great looking cost effective job.


1. Tools and Equipment

Using the proper tools will help produce a safer and higher quality job. Make sure you use the correct ladder or scalpel for the job. Follow the recommendations for ladder and scalpel safety. Most ladders have warning labels posted on the ladder.

Use a good quality brush and roller. Good quality tools last longer and help make the job easier. Make sure you have drop cloths readily available to cover areas that need protection such as sidewalks, driveway, porches, patios, decks and shrubbery.

2. Surface Preparation

Surface preparation is a critical step to producing a quality, professional looking job. All damaged wood should be repaired. Use a paint scrapper, putty knife and sander to remove all flaking, peeling and blistering paint. Minor damage to wood surfaces can be repaired with a quality wood repair product from your local building supply store. I recommend using goggles, gloves and a dust mask while scrapping and sanding. This is hard, time consuming work but it will help produce an outcome that will make you proud.

3. Choosing Paint

Choose high quality paint. Choosing a lesser quality paint may save you a few dollars now but you will pay over time. A high quality paint is easier to apply, easier to maintain and more durable than the cheaper paints.

4. Painting the Exterior

Paint from the top down to avoid dripping paint on surfaces you have already painted. Start with the gutters, fascia and eaves and work your way down the wall surface. Using a good quality 4 or 5 inch brush will make for an easier faster job. Check for and correct drips and runs as you go along.

Painting the main walls can be painted with a brush, roller or both. If you have grooved siding, the grooves should be painted first. Paint the grooves in a 4 to 5 foot section and then roll or brush the flat surface before moving to the next 4 to 5 foot section. If you have lapped siding, paint the underside of each lap in a 4 to 5 foot section and then roll or brush the flat surface before moving to the next 4 to 5 foot section.

5. Painting the Exterior Trim, Windows and Doors

I recommend using a 2 or 3 inch angled brush to paint trim. Paint in line with the woods grain to accomplish a smoother finish.

When you are painting windows, paint the stiles, rails, casing and then the sill. There is no need to mask the glass when painting window or door glass. Paint should lap onto the glass by about 1/16 inch. Clean up any excess paint on the glass by wrapping a cloth over the end of your putty knife while the paint is still wet. Any paint you miss can be easily cleaned up with a razor blade after it dries.

Prepping To Paint Your Home

A fresh layer of paint can do wonders to the appearance of a home. Old or new, any home can benefit from a few paint jobs here and there. But painting your home takes more than just picking out a new color and rolling it on. There are a couple of steps and considerations to take into account before beginning your home makeover.

Start by assessing the wall or area to be painted. Keep an eye out for blistering or peeling paint, stains, rusts or mildew. Once you’ve figured out which spots need extra attention, it’s now time to begin with the dirty work

Scrapping and Sanding

Use a putty knife and wire brush to remove damaged paint. A sharp pull scraper can be used for larger areas. This can remove any old paint down to the surface underneath. When dragging perpendicularly across, be extra careful not to gouge the wood.

Once you’ve removed the unnecessary old layer of paint here and there, smooth out the surface with sandpaper. To avoid exhausting yourself, use an electrical orbital sander for more thorough results. Avoid using an electrical disc sander or sander belt which can cause unevenness on the wood.

Melting and Liquid Paint Remover

If the layer of paint is too thick for manual scraping, melting it can be more effective. With the use of an electric paint remover, heat the paint and remove it as you go with its built-in scraper. Wear thick gloves to protect you from burns.

As a last resort, use a liquid paint remover to strip away paint. Although effective, it can be costly, especially if you are working on a rather large area. It can also easily spill over perfectly good paint, damaging it and leaving you with more areas to retouch.


Once your surface has been striped, you may now apply primer. This coating provides wood with extra protection and foundation. Before slathering a layer of primer, consider first the paint to be used as there are specific primers for each type of paint.


Giving the area a good bath will provide you with a dirt-free canvas for a fresh layer of paint. Consider the size of the area to be painted and the amount of dirt that needs to be rinsed off. You may typically be able to use a garden hose to wash off any dirt. If the area is heavily soiled or caked, you may need the help of a sponge, some detergent and a few pails of warm water.

Quick Tips on Painting Your Home

Paint has been around for many years. Most people decide they want to paint their home to give it a fresh look. It always amazes me how a splash of color can transform an entire room. When you visit your local paint store to choose a color, it is almost overwhelming. There are so many different kinds of paint, colors, textures and ways to paint your home. After spending a few hours in the paint store I learned a few tips about painting.

1. There are a million colors to choose from. When deciding on a color you want to pick a color that will complement the room decor you have in the home already or a color that will complement the decor to be. Most people shy away from the colors because they don’t know how things will end up.

2. If you want to change the color or sheen you must use 2 coats. This will make sure there is proper coverage on the walls. When you change the color you want to make sure that the color before is not bleeding through the new color. Also when you change the sheen and don’t use proper coverage, you can see all the roller streaks.

3. If you are changing the sheen, the best option would be to go with a flat/matte. This will hid any blemish or wall defects the best. Also, if you need to touch up an area on the wall, the flat or matte finish will blend in a few months down the road vs. painting the whole wall to make sure the sheen’s match.

4. Make sure that you prep the walls properly. Fill in the holes with mud/putty. If you are on a time crunch be sure to get the 20 minute mud. Once it dries sand it smooth then texture appropriately. After the texture, you are almost ready to paint. I would recommend using tape to put around all the trim and ceilings (especially if they are popcorn) to make sure you don’t accidentally get the wall color on the trim/ceilings. Make sure the paint has dried COMPLETELY so the paint doesn’t come off with the tape.

5. Be sure that you have made a clear path that will allow you to get in and out of the room without touching or damaging the walls. The ideal situation is to push all the furniture into the center of the room, so you are not doing unnecessary moving. Another good thing about having everything in the center of the room, is the ability to put drop cloths over the furniture and protect it from any paint spatters.

6. Now you are ready to begin. When rolling make sure your technique is the same through out. This will help save paint usage. If you get tired and need a break DO NOT lay the roller on the wall as the paint is trying to dry. This will cause a variation in the amount of paint in that area and cause the wall to now blend well. You don’t want to submerge your roller into paint, where the paint is dripping off. This will cause a huge mess. Also, don’t press the roller into the wall. Just smoothly go over the wall with the roller. This will allow the proper amount of paint through out the room.