I’ve done so much painting in our house since we bought it. I can imagine we’ll be doing one hell of a lot more painting in the future too, so anything that can make painting easier and quicker is a winner!
Over the last few years, I’ve learnt a few simple tricks that have really helped to make painting easier and quicker. Today, I thought I would share my favourite painting tips and tricks with you, in the hope they may be able to help someone else.
Tip 1: Try before you buy
When I’m looking for a new colour to paint the walls in any room, I always buy some samples of different colours before buying a full-size tin of paint. It’s really useful to be able to compare paint colours, particularly because they usually look slightly different when they’re painted on the wall, in comparison to how they look on the image on the tin.
It’s much better to buy a small sample and decide you don’t like it than to buy a much more expensive full tin of paint, only to find you don’t actually like the colour.
Tip 2: Preparing to paint
I used to just paint onto the wall without doing any preparation first and then I would later regret it. The walls in our home had so many little cracks and holes in them that would pretty much drive me mad.
Nowadays, before we paint anywhere, we go all around the walls, sanding down any little bumps with sandpaper or scraping them off with a scraper. We then fill in any holes. It takes a little time to do, especially when painting a large area, but it makes such a big difference to any painted wall.
Tip 3: Cover up
I always used to keep a set of clothes just for painting. Keeping clothes sitting in my drawers solely for painting was such a waste of space.
Recently, I decided to buy some coveralls instead. I bought some from B&M and they were only about £2/£3 each. There are several options available online, like these from Amazon*. It’s been so much easier to put the coveralls on over my normal clothes, then fold them up and stash them away for next time, rather than having to keep getting changed. They protected my clothes really well and they also have a hood, which did a great job of stopping paint from going on my hair.
Dan did a great job of modelling his new coveralls! Probably best not to go out in, or people will think you have gone a little doolally, but highly practical.
Tip 4: Masking tape
I find that using masking tape is a great way to make edges much neater. In particular, I always try to use it when I’m painting skirting boards because then I don’t have to worry about painting the floor at the same time!
Tip 5: Never clean plastic trays again
I think I discovered this tip online a while ago and I’ve since used it quite a few times. Nearly as annoying and time-consuming as cleaning paintbrushes is cleaning out the plastic tray that you pour paint into. With this tip, you don’t need to clean those plastic trays out ever again.
Put a sheet of aluminium foil into the tray, pushing it into the corners and around the edges. When you’ve finished painting, you can just remove the foil and throw it away, leaving a nice clean plastic tray that doesn’t need any cleaning.
Tip 6: Clean your brushes less
One of the things I used to hate about painting was having to keep cleaning brushes after every use. This is time-consuming and not the most fun job, which is all the more annoying when there is lots of painting to do over several days.
A professional decorator told Dan that instead of cleaning his paint brushes after every use, he simply wraps them in a plastic bag so they don’t dry out. They’re then fine to use the next day.
We decided to give this a go and it really works. When we’ve finished painting for the day, we simply put our paintbrushes into plastic food bags and they don’t dry out. I’m not sure how long they can be wrapped up without drying out, but we’ve tried it for longer than overnight and they’ve still been fine.
And there you have it, 6 simple painting tips that have made decorating our house much easier. If only we had known them all when we first moved in!
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