Painting the house isn’t exactly the most exciting activity to do–you’d have to go through the process of strenuously removing furniture in the room, scraping, sanding, priming, taking down light fixtures, and lots of other drudging prep work. This home improvement activity could also get pretty boring at times, but there are easy solutions on how to make things a bit more bearable. Here are some ways on how to make DIY home painting easy and entertaining.
Turn up the Music – Painting a room takes a lot of time, so you will need something to accompany you in the background while you cover your walls. One of the most effective ways is by playing loud, lively music. Studies say that having music in the background helps a lot in a person’s concentration and productivity, so have your favorite tunes ready.
Get Some Help from Friends – Ask your friends if they are willing to help out. Having someone to talk to, joke with, or simply listen to music with always succeeds in making a dull activity a little more fun. You can also ask some family members to join in–if you have teens, this is a perfect time to introduce them to some home improvement activities that will come in handy in the future.
Use Quality Painter’s Tape – After you’ve moved your furniture, got rid of all the dust, grime and dirt from the walls, and making sure your surface is dry and smooth, it’s time to protect the doors, windows, ceilings, and other spots that shouldn’t be painted.
Make sure you use quality painter’s tape, to ascertain that the paint will not seep under and result to uneven edges. Some of the cheaper ones in the market have the tendency to peel off the paint as you remove tape. You will need to shell out a little bit extra money for this, but this will be a good investment.
Use Drop Cloths for the Floor – After you’ve covered all the necessary items with painter’s tape, it’s time to cover the floor. Put lots of drop cloths in the floor so it’s protected from paint drips and spatters. Some people choose newspaper or plastic as covers, but these could get you in trouble if you’re not careful, as newspaper tears easily, and plastic is light and slippery. Drop cloths are one of your best bets in protecting your floor while you work.
Wear Old Clothes – It’s not only the wall that will get painted–your clothes and shoes will most likely get some coats and sprays as well. Make sure you use clothing that can get dirty so you can move with ease.
Use Paint with Primer – Primers act as paint adhesion protection, and water sealant. If you’re painting a light shade over dark or using latex to cover oil-based paint, you will need to prime your surface first. Basically, painting on any type of non-paint surface requires priming, so this is a step that must not be missed. Normally, you would have to do priming and painting separately, but there are lots of paints with primers in the market today–using these will save you a lot of time.
Have a good time – Set your mind by thinking that once all of the prep work and all the paint processes are done, you’ll have a better looking space. Painting is a tough job, but applying all the aforementioned tips, you’ll be surprised at how you could easily transform it into a fun and enjoyable activity.