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Top ideas on how to paint your house like an expert designer

, if it’s that house painting time of the year again.

The dreaded time to get the outside of your home cleaned and smartened up, however there are a couple of things you really require to know, so we assemble a few of our finest top ideas and decorating recommendations for you.

Whether you have actually done it in the past, or wish to paint for the first time, these crucial tricks and suggestions will help you achieve a good finish, and do it safely too.

Painting your house is NOT an easy task and in most cases, we would advise calling a decorator or wall coating specialist, but if you expensive taking a crack at yourself, here’s a few tips from house painting master Man Alexander Bell, to make this years painting project that little bit easier!

The following suggestions are related to painting the BEYOND the house, not the within, although there are most likely one or two of my ideas that are relevant to both activities.

Plus we also take a look at the possible THREATS involved in handling a large home improvement job like painting your own house. Further down the page there are some frightening stats on mishaps whilst doing DIY.

If you are on this page asking “should I paint my house?” I would suggest you check out on …

Remember keep in mind maintaining keeping character of your house will be something that you should consider before you start begin project and if your home house listed or in a conservation area, they may might certain particular on what colour you can use.

Anyhow, here we go, our leading 10 ideas to get the outside of your house painted.

 

1. Plan the work in advance of painting!

This might appear exceptionally obvious to everybody however you would marvel how many individuals fail to prepare, and then of course plan to stop working, so make a note of what you are going to do, it assists you FOCUS!

You do not have to take a seat and compose an essay, simply some rough notes on one side of A4 paper will be sufficient.

Note any repair work or flaking paint you require to take a look at, make a list of stuff you will require (Do not forget to buy the paint itself!), and possibly likewise exercise how much you prepare to spend on this.

2. Prepare yourself to paint!

Another thing individuals don’t seem to do is to prepare THEMSELVES for the work ahead.

Painting a house is NOT the like taken a seat in front of the telly with a cuppa, it takes effort and if you do not make the effort, it will either not get done, or will look awful.

The painter in the image above has actually prepared themselves and knows the value of scraping down old paint and also covering the floor. It is not simply the painting that requires preparation, YOU DO TOO.

Make certain you have enough dust sheets or old blankets to use, so you don’t wind up painting the patio and your lawn too.

Make sure you are physically prepared and able to perform this work as it does need endurance, and if you are not used to climbing up ladders, familiarise yourself with safe usage.

Make sure likewise you use old or overall clothing as lots of exterior paints and wall finishes, particularly water resistant ones, or damp proof paints, will NOT wash out of your clothing.

3. Get the products needed to paint.

Time and time again we become aware of people starting their designing in earnest, just to find that in the middle of painting an elevation, a whole wall like the gable end, they lack paint!

Ok, another journey to the Do It Yourself shop yes?

That wall you half-painted is now drying, so when you get back, and bring on, once the entire wall is finished, you will see a shadow or a rough line where the 2 various cans of paint were utilized. DOH!

PRO EXPERT SECRET: The only way you can be sure, if you are not sure about how much paint to buy, is, after you shaken all of the cans of paint (with the lid strongly on!), AND THEN put every one of them into a brand new large tub with a sealable cover and then mix them entirely.
Simply give the paint you require from the bigger container.
This also saves waste which implies IT CONSERVES YOU MONEY!!!!!
That way, you will not get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can occur quite often, especially with darker coloured paints.

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As a rough guide, these are the sort of things you will require.

  • Some paint (!). Choose the best masonry paint you can manage.
  • Brushes and rollers of various sizes.
  • Dust Sheets, tarpaulins or old bed sheets.
  • Paint thinners, brush cleaner and turps (Manage with care).
  • Scrapers, wire brush and various hand tools.
  • Sweeping brushes etc for keeping the area clean.
  • Gloves, hat and any protective products.
  • Masking tape and possible masking paper too.
  • Old clothing and rags for cloths.
  • Sandpaper, putty (if suitable) and filler.
  • Step ladder, ladders and access equipment. (see listed below).

Oh, and… Make sure you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you need PRIOR TO YOU START!

This ought to be basically all you will require however keep in mind, we are speaking about PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or fixing it.

LEADING IDEA: Do NOT buy inexpensive brushes to conserve cash as they typically shed their bristles which can ruin your paint task and take twice as long as with a good quality decorators brush, SO YOU WILL END UP WASTING MONEY!

4. Clean the walls of your house prior to painting.

With time your house, specifically if located next to a road, will get dust, dirt and gunk, in addition to plant pollen, sap and leaf mould.

You should NOT paint over this, even with simply guide, due to the fact that paint won’t cure it, will not clean it, and also paint, as soon as ended up, will look terrible if you have actually painted over dirt.

If you clean the walls in advance, and allow to dry, your general paint surface will be better.

That sort of dirt develop is usually simple to spot, however for the best painting task, you require to CLEAN UP the outside of your house.

This will eliminate any friable or loose material on the wall.

If your walls reveal signs of mould and green growth, they might be concealing a damp issue within the walls, so if you are not exactly sure, get somebody experienced to look at it PRIOR TO you use the paint.

This also applies to the condition of the surface itself. If the wall to paint has fractures, this could be a sign that your wall requires re-rendering, and this is recommended before any painting is done.

If the house has a great deal of gunk then utilize a power washer, however only the type that is used to clean your vehicle or driveway with, like the fella in the image below, which was a painting pebbledash task we did in Dublin.

5. Spray the paint instead of brushing, its much faster.

OK, this is the sort of thing we do every day, however if you have actually refrained from doing this previously, and are only utilizing masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker job, however there’s a couple of things you need to know before hand.

To prevent the spray going where you do not want it to go, you should mask up locations that you do not desire the paint to go to.

Remember when you spray paint, you produce a fine mist, which with the tiniest gust of wind, or with the sprayers inexperience, that fine mist can cover not only your windows, however your automobile too, and your better half’s treasured rose bush!!!

PRO SPECIALIST SECRET: If you see in the picture we likewise laid dust sheets down, and after that paper approximately the damp course on the ground.
Why? Since not only will this suggestion **** save you about 2 days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its simply expert, basic as that. If you want to paint like a pro, IMITATE a pro!

6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.

Rather simply, most of any house painting job is the preparation ahead of time. ONE DAY that you invest in preparation, will save you at least THREE DAYS of work and cleaning up afterwards.

The wall requires to be PREPARED for the paint, so you need to look at any fractures that need filling, possibly old render that has actually come away from the wall and is hollow, and remove mould, dirt and gunk from the walls.

Sand down any rough bits on the walls and woodwork and fill in any bumps, cracks and holes.

If you take time in preparing, and you don’t have to be an expert designer, you will CONSERVE time and MONEY when you paint.

Painting your home yourself is HARD and is fraught with danger.

Every year, and not simply here in the Dublin, thousands of individuals get killed, or at best, injure themselves by falling from roofings, scaffolding and ladders.

It’s so easy if you are not utilized to paint a house, to stand back to admire your work, forgetting that you are on a ladder 3 stories up… Painting a house from a ladder, particularly a high house is typically not an excellent idea for the novice painter so look through the yellow pages for a respectable scaffolding company.

You would preferably find one with trade accreditation and one who can reveal you their accident book (a legal requirement) and also evidence of insurance coverage.

Beginning the painting.

OK, first off, now you are ready, and ready, I indicate mentally, not simply prepared as in “I just invested a load of money down at the DIY store” and you are ready to start painting.

You should have already chosen the colour, and agreed with the other half that this is the right way to tackle it (!) and have moved away items that mess around the house as remember this is now a WORKSPACE and must be dealt with as such.

Make sure that all preparation is done!

Preparation, as we spoke about earlier in the text, is vital if your paint task is to last for more than a few months.

Flaking paint requires to be removed, hollow rendering needs to be arranged, rotten wood needs changing, missing out on window putty requires to be done, and any mould or algae needs to be taken off too.

If by this stage you do not feel great, this is informing you to get a man in instead! It could really save you cash as a proper designer will have the ability to the job in a few days that would take you a number of weeks.

Once you are confident that all is well, you should start at the TOP of the house and work down (NOT the other way around), preferably utilizing scaffolding.

7. Tips to attain the best surface.

Another fantastic time-saving suggestion is to do with the rounding off of the job AFTER you have actually painted the walls. When you paint a house, that is a large area, however what about attention to information?

The pro painter will invest a lot of time on details, such as cutting in to alcoves and corners where the roller didn’t reach, or making sure the paint has actually gone under the window cills, and right down to the DPC.

This will provide great, neat and straight lines down each opening, for a master surface each time.

One suggestion is to put a masking tape line around the window reveals, and make sure the tape encroaches onto the window frame by a few mm only.

Then paint onto the tape carefully, making sure you don’t get or lift the tape paint under it.

As soon as you have completed one line or section, thoroughly get rid of the tape, standing away from the window and pulling outwards. Dispose of the tape in a bag or you might discover that scrunched up ball of tape you chucked on the floor will blow around and put paint splashes on the floor.

There does exist an unique painters tape, available from your local Do It Yourself shop, which is far better for this sort of thing, but more expensive than masking tape.

LEADING SUGGESTION: For a real pro surface, do NOT buy DIY paint, go to your regional trade store and purchase the trade comparable paint. This is much better quality than Do It Yourself paint and will last longer, something the paint companies stop working to inform the general public.

Animals need to be kept well away from any work you do, as the last thing “Rover” the Labrador desires when he is playing in the garden is his head to get covered in paint, or for him to believe drinking your brush thinners looks like a good idea.

It’s the same with kids. You MUST tell them in no unsure terms not to go near the area or the paint you are painting.

Check your paint, and even your skills, on an obscure location at ground level, on a really little area to start with. Make certain the surface you are painting on is “sound” and of good quality, and your paint is well combined, and your brush does not shed bristles.

8. Paint when it’s cloudy if possible, it’s much easier.

Lots of Do It Yourself painters wrongly think the very best time to paint your house is mid summer because of the low possibility of rain.

The best sort of weather condition to paint is not too cold and not too warm and without the sun.

This is due to the fact that when you paint a wall on a warm day, the sun will shine on the wall and I ensure that the glare or reflection will affect your eyes, and individuals who do this every day wind up with eye pressure.

Paint when it is cloudy and try and finish mid afternoon if possible.

If utilizing gloss paint or emulsion, wait up until you are positive there is no chance of rain since the painted wall could end up struggling with a term not extensively known in DIY circles which is Surfactant leaching.

This is when ingredients consisted of in the paint becoming affected by moisture which then brings elements of the paint to the surface area, drying in a waxy movie.

Do not get your paint straight from the tin you bought it in, use a light metal container referred to as a paint kettle and of course for rollers, utilize the unique tray or extended containers (troughs) designed to deal with rollers.

You can purchase a paint kettle for at little as EUR1.50 (Toolstation) and for using paint with a roller, you require a paint SCUTTLE, which can be bought for around EUR3.50 from Wilco.com (below).

Some also have convenient hooks to keep in put on the scaffold.

Place the cover back on the tin when you are not getting paint out of it.

Starting at the top, and utilizing a roller, make positive strokes with a roller that has a good finish of paint but not too much so it leaks.

Work the paint in well, not missing out on any bits, but keep in mind a lot of house paint tasks require 2 coats of paint, so pay attention as you will be doing all of this two times.

Cut into edges and around windows and doors with a smaller brush.

9. “bolt-on” something else to finish the task off!

What I indicate is, if you are working outside, you may have observed other things that need to get done too, such as a broken window pane, missing rain gutter clips or an obstructed gutter, perhaps the garden looks scruffy?

With a nicely painted house, you need to end up the task off, and it’s absolutely nothing to do with more paint!

Get any other problem areas repaired, or it just ruins all the effort you put into painting the walls, the siding, the trim and any other area outside the home.

Tidy the garden, or at least the location nearby to the house.

This will finish it off nicely, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have purchased from the shop. This can likewise earn you brownie points and maybe even a good idea at the end if you are doing some painting for someone else.

10. Start at the top, and work down, for a terrific surface.

The last suggestion I will provide you today is to begin your painting at the top of your house, not the bottom.

This in the beginning appears apparent however with the unskilled painter may be doing not have self-confidence they frequently begin at the bottom and develop.

We understand this as on a regular basis the keen Do It Yourself painter will start the task, realise he or she can’t complete it and after that they get in touch with NEVER PAINT AGAIN to finish the work for them!

Why do you think that TOP decorators are known by that extremely moniker? TOP!

You must always start at the top, yes on the scaffolding or the ladder, and work downwards, even if only to be able to have the chance to paint over those splashes from your brush or roller whilst painting the top floor outside?

There is a technique and a correct way to do practically whatever in life, and, offered you beware to this collection of beautiful basic pointers, and use the technique properly to paint your house, you shouldn’t have any problems.

And the final take away

SAFETY whilst painting and decorating is also of primary value.

Do not take risks and do not use tools or chemicals that you are not familiar with.

Do not under estimate how major a job painting your home can be.

It is essential also that I tell you that if you are not confident, and I don’t mean super confident as we all have our fears and concerns if we are doing something that we are not utilized to doing, however if you are definitely frightened stuff of this then do yourself a favour and work with somebody else to paint the house!

Painting the outside does at least need some planning and preparation but if you get it right, you can anticipate a good looking house … in the meantime anyhow.

Decorators and painters have to go through a specific training period before they are let loose on houses and service properties, so bear that in mind when you start and don’t attempt to paint your house if you really do not have a clue or absence self-confidence as it is hard.

CRUCIAL SAFETY SUGGESTIONS IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE.

In 2010, ROSPA published the following set of stats for DIY related accidents:

Injuries from tools and equipment are estimated to account for 87,000 of the 220,000 Do It Yourself enthusiasts turning up at health center each year.

When individuals fall from high up, ladder and stepladder accidents send out 41,000 individuals to medical facility every year– often resulting in some of the most serious injuries and even death.

Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles lead to another 60,000 people looking for treatment in casualty.

The most dangerous tools according to the Home Accident Monitoring System (2002) are:

1. Scalpels and knives (21,300 mishaps in the Dublin each year).

2. Saws (15,100).

3. Mills (6,400).

4. Hammers (5,800).

5. Chisels (3,900).

6. Screwdrivers (3,400).

7. Power Drills (3,000).

8. Axes (2,200).

9. Planes (2,100).

10. Welding Equipment (2,000).

The top 10 DIY products to make sure with are:.

  1. Wood, chipboard etc. (29,400 accidents).
  2. Paving/Concrete Blocks (21,200).
  3. Metal bars, sheets and so on (12,800).
  4. Nails (15,400).
  5. Bricks (8,000).
  6. Paint and paint pots (3,900).
  7. Glue, paste etc. (3,100).
  8. Screws and floor/wall tiles (2,500).
  9. Wallpaper (1,600).

Typical DIY accidents consist of cuts from knives while cutting cable and carpets, slips with saws when cutting wood, paint leaking into eyes from ceilings and pieces falling onto hands and feet.

When they rush tasks or are tired, individuals typically make mistakes.

Many people overstate their capabilities, for example gas and electrical work need to be delegated the experts, and the same chooses decorating.

Wise words.
Long times, choosing to save a few quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.

Safe Expert Painting and Designing.

A lot of Designers and painters now have a lot more things to think of when it comes to the job they do.

In previous years, a painter and designer would just show up and paint what the customer desired and that had to do with it and some didn’t even tidy up later on!

Nowadays there is a lot more work that enters into the task than just the painting.

A number of the traditional painters and decorators sometimes specialise in other areas of the decorating service, such as painting really tall buildings, using hygienic finishings inside health centers, or painting in remote areas such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.

As soon as you have painted one flooring of your house, move down to the lower level of scaffold and begin painting that elevation, once again, cutting in around windows.

You may desire to temporarily put masking over the windows to prevent a fine paint spray or leaks on the glass panes if a small breeze is in the air.

Back to the easiest bit to paint: ground level!

It’s constantly best to conserve the best until last and this must be the simpler bit.

Once again, make certain that no one is around the house where you are painting and ensure you put “WET PAINT!” signs all over, just to make it crystal clear. Guarantee you haven’t missed out on any bits such as window reveals or behind pipeline.

What to do after you have ended up designing.

Anyhow, you require to get rid of any masking paper you put up, if suitable, ensuring it does not touch the walls when you remove it, and then put it in a bin liner for recycling.

And depending on temperature and your local environment, the paint ought to be dry the next day however make sure you do not put anything up against for a while it as it will scar the paintwork.

Tidy your brushes and roller with an unique brush cleaner you can obtain from the majority of Do It Yourself stores and then store them away for another day.

We would recommend “DIALL” brush cleaner from B&Q EUR9.97 for 2 litres, will last you for ages.

Because not only will this suggestion **** save you about two days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its just expert, simple as that. If you desire to paint like a pro, ACT like a professional!

 

Guarantee you have not missed out on any bits such as window reveals or behind pipe.

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