Top ideas on how to paint your house like a professional designer
If it’s that house painting time of the year once again.
The dreaded time to get the beyond your home smartened and cleaned up up, however there are a couple of things you truly require to understand, so we put together a few of our finest top ideas and embellishing suggestions for you.
Whether you’ve done it previously, or want to paint for the first time, these essential techniques and suggestions will assist you achieve an excellent surface, and do it safely too.
Painting your house is NOT a simple task and in many cases, we would advise calling a designer or wall finish expert, but if you expensive having a go yourself, here’s a couple of hints from house painting guru Man Alexander Bell, to make this years painting job that bit simpler!
The following ideas relate to painting the OUTSIDE of your house, not the inside, although there are most likely a couple of of my ideas that relate to both activities.
Plus we also have a look at the prospective DANGERS involved in handling a large home improvement project like painting your own house. Further down the page there are some scary stats on mishaps whilst doing Do It Yourself.
If you are on this page asking “should I paint my house?” then I would suggest you keep reading …
Remember that keeping the character of your house will be something that you must think about before you begin the task and if your home is noted or in a sanctuary, they may be certain limitations on what colour you can utilize.
Anyhow, here we go, our leading ten tips to get the outside of your house painted.
1. Strategy the work in advance of painting!
This might appear exceptionally obvious to everybody but you would marvel the number of individuals stop working to plan, and after that naturally strategy to fail, so write down what you are going to do, it helps you FOCUS!
You do not need to sit down and write an essay, simply some rough notes on one side of A4 paper will suffice.
Note any repair work or flaking paint you require to look at, make a list of stuff you will require (Don’t forget to purchase the paint itself!), and perhaps also work out how much you plan to spend on this.
2. Get ready to paint!
Another thing people do not seem to do is to prepare THEMSELVES for the work ahead.
Painting a house is NOT the like sat down in front of the telly with a cuppa, it takes hard work and if you don’t make the effort, it will either not get done, or will look horrible.
The painter in the image above has prepared themselves and knows the significance of scraping down old paint and likewise covering the floor. It is not simply the painting that needs preparation, YOU DO TOO.
Ensure you have enough dust sheets or old blankets to utilize, so you don’t wind up painting the patio area and your yard too.
Ensure you are physically ready and able to perform this work as it does need endurance, and if you are not utilized to climbing ladders, familiarise yourself with safe usage.
Ensure likewise you use total or old clothes as lots of exterior paints and wall finishings, especially waterproof ones, or damp proof paints, will NOT rinse of your clothes.
3. Get the materials required to paint.
Time and time again we hear of individuals beginning their decorating in earnest, only to discover that in the middle of painting an elevation, an entire wall like the gable end, they run out of paint!
Ok, another trip to the DIY store yes?
That wall you half-painted is now drying, so when you get back, and bring on, once the entire wall is ended up, you will see a shadow or a rough line where the 2 various cans of paint were used. DOH!
PRO PROFESSIONAL SECRET: The only way you can be sure, if you are not sure about just how much paint to purchase, is, after you shaken all of the cans of paint (with the lid firmly on!), AND THEN put every one of them into a brand new big tub with a sealable lid and then mix them all together.
Then just dispense the paint you require from the bigger container.
This likewise saves waste which implies IT SAVES 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.
As a rough guide, these are the sort of things you will need.
- Some paint (!). Select the best masonry paint you can pay for.
- Brushes and rollers of numerous sizes.
- Dust Sheets, tarpaulins or old bed sheets.
- Paint slimmers, brush cleaner and turps (Manage with care).
- Scrapers, wire brush and various hand tools.
- Sweeping brushes etc for keeping the area tidy.
- Gloves, hat and any protective products.
- Masking tape and possible masking paper too.
- Old clothing and rags for fabrics.
- Sandpaper, putty (if applicable) and filler.
- Action ladder, ladders and access devices. (see below).
Oh, and… Ensure you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you need BEFORE YOU START!
This ought to be more or less all you will need however remember, we are discussing PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or fixing it.
TOP SUGGESTION: Do NOT buy low-cost brushes to save cash as they normally shed their bristles which can destroy your paint job and take two times as long as with a good quality designers brush, SO YOU WILL END UP WASTING CASH!
4. Tidy the walls of the house before painting.
In time your house, particularly if located next to a road, will get dirt, gunk and dust, in addition to plant pollen, leaf and sap mould.
You must NOT paint over this, even with simply primer, due to the fact that paint will not cure it, will not clean it, and likewise paint, when ended up, will look awful if you have painted over dirt.
If you clean up the walls ahead of time, and permit to dry, your total paint finish will be better.
That sort of dirt build up is usually easy to find, nevertheless for the best painting job, you require to CLEAN the outside of your house.
This will get rid of any friable or loose material on the wall.
If your walls reveal indications of mould and green development, they may be hiding a damp problem within the walls, so if you are unsure, get someone experienced to take a 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 cracks, this could be an indication that your wall requires re-rendering, and this is advised before any painting is done.
If your home has a lot of grime then utilize a power washer, but only the type that is utilized to clean your car or driveway with, like the fella in the image listed below, which was a painting pebbledash task we did in Dublin.
5. Spray the paint instead of brushing, its much quicker.
OK, this is the sort of thing we do every day, however if you have actually not done this in the past, and are just using masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker job, however there’s a couple of things you require to know before hand.
To prevent the spray going where you do not desire it to go, you should mask up areas that you do not want the paint to go to.
Keep in mind when you spray paint, you create a great mist, which with the smallest gust of wind, or with the sprayers inexperience, that fine mist can cover not just your windows, however your automobile too, and your spouse’s valued increased bush!!!
PRO EXPERT TRICK: If you see in the photo we likewise laid dust sheets down, and after that paper as much as the moist course on the ground.
Why? Due to the fact that not just will this idea **** conserve you about 2 days of tidying up **** afterwards, its simply expert, basic as that. If you wish to paint like a pro, IMITATE a pro!
6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.
Rather just, the majority of any house painting task is the preparation in advance. ONE DAY that you invest in preparation, will conserve you at least THREE DAYS of work and tidying up later on.
The wall requires to be READY for the paint, so you need to take a look at any cracks that require filling, maybe old render that has left from the wall and is hollow, and get rid of mould, dirt and gunk from the walls.
Sand down any rough bits on the walls and woodwork and fill in any holes, bumps and cracks.
If you require time in preparing, and you don’t have to be an expert decorator, you will SAVE money and time when you paint.
Painting your home yourself is DIFFICULT and is fraught with danger.
Every year, and not just here in the Dublin, thousands of individuals get eliminated, or at best, hurt themselves by falling from roofings, scaffolding and ladders.
It’s so simple if you are not used to paint a house, to stand back to appreciate your work, forgetting that you are on a ladder 3 stories up… Painting a house from a ladder, especially a tall house is frequently not a good idea for the beginner painter so check out the yellow pages for a respectable scaffolding company.
You would ideally find one with trade accreditation and one who can show you their accident book (a legal requirement) and also evidence of insurance coverage.
Beginning the painting.
OK, first of all, now you are ready, and ready, I imply mentally, not just prepared as in “I just spent a load of money down at the DIY shop” and you are ready to start painting.
You ought to have currently selected the colour, and agreed with the other half that this is properly to tackle it (!) and have actually moved away products that mess around the house as remember this is now a WORKSPACE and should be treated as such.
Ensure that all preparation is done!
Preparation, as we spoke about earlier in the text, is essential if your paint job is to last for more than a couple of months.
Flaking paint needs to be removed, hollow rendering requirements to be arranged, rotten wood needs replacing, missing out on window putty requires to be done, and any mould or algae needs to be removed too.
This is telling you to get a man in rather if by this phase you don’t feel confident! It might in fact save you money as an appropriate 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 achieve the best surface.
Another terrific time-saving idea is to do with the rounding off of the task AFTER you have painted the walls. When you paint a house, that is a large area, but what about attention to information?
The professional painter will spend a great deal of time on information, 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 offer great, neat and straight lines down each opening, for a real pro finish each time.
One idea is to put a masking tape line around the window exposes, and make sure the tape trespasses onto the window frame by a couple of mm just.
Paint onto the tape thoroughly, making sure you don’t lift the tape or get paint under it.
As quickly as you have actually ended up one line or section, carefully eliminate 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 flooring will blow around and put paint splashes on the flooring.
There does exist an unique painters tape, offered from your regional Do It Yourself shop, which is much better for this sort of thing, but more pricey than masking tape.
TOP POINTER: For a real pro surface, do NOT buy Do It Yourself paint, go to your regional trade shop and purchase the trade equivalent paint. This is far better quality than DIY paint and will last longer, something the paint business stop working to tell the public.
Animals need to be kept well away from any work you do, as the last thing “Rover” the Labrador wants when he is playing in the garden is his head to get covered in paint, or for him to think consuming your brush slimmers seems like a good concept.
It’s the same with kids. You MUST tell them in no uncertain terms not to go near the paint or the area you are painting.
Check your paint, and even your abilities, on an obscure location at ground level, on a very small location to start with. Ensure the surface area you are painting on is “sound” and of good quality, and your paint is well blended, and your brush does not shed bristles.
8. Paint when it’s cloudy if possible, it’s a lot easier.
Many Do It Yourself painters mistakenly believe the very best time to paint your house is mid summer because of the low chance of rain.
The very 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 bright day, the sun will shine on the wall and I ensure that the glare or reflection will impact your eyes, and people who do this every day end up with eye pressure.
Paint when it is cloudy and attempt and end up mid afternoon if possible.
If utilizing gloss paint or emulsion, wait up until you are confident there is no chance of rain due to the fact that the painted wall might wind up struggling with a term not commonly understood in DIY circles and that is Surfactant leaching.
This is when components consisted of in the paint ending up being affected by wetness which then brings parts of the paint to the surface area, drying in a waxy film.
Do not get your paint straight from the tin you bought it in, utilize a light metal pail referred to as a paint kettle and naturally for rollers, use the special tray or lengthened containers (troughs) designed to deal with rollers.
You can buy a paint kettle for at little as EUR1.50 (Toolstation) and for applying paint with a roller, you require a paint SCUTTLE, which can be bought for around EUR3.50 from Wilco.com (listed below).
Some likewise have useful hooks to keep in place on the scaffold.
When you are not getting paint out of it, location the cover back on the tin.
Starting at the top, and utilizing a roller, make positive strokes with a roller that has an excellent coating of paint but not too much so it drips.
Work the paint in well, not missing any bits, however remember many house paint jobs require 2 coats of paint, so take note as you will be doing all of this two times.
Cut into edges and around doors and windows with a smaller brush.
9. “bolt-on” something else to finish the job off!
What I mean is, if you are working outside, you may have noticed other things that require to get done too, such as a split window pane, missing out on seamless gutter clips or a blocked rain gutter, possibly the garden looks scruffy?
With a well painted house, you require to complete the job off, and it’s nothing to do with more paint!
Get any other problem locations fixed, or it simply ruins all the effort you put into painting the walls, the siding, the trim and any other location outside the home.
Tidy the garden, or at least the location closest to your house.
This will complete it off well, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have purchased from the shop. This can likewise earn you brownie points and perhaps even a nice idea at the end if you are doing some painting for somebody else.
10. Start at the top, and work down, for an excellent finish.
The last idea I will offer you today is to start your painting at the top of the house, not the bottom.
This at first seems apparent but with the unskilled painter might be lacking self-confidence they frequently begin at the bottom and develop.
We know this as frequently the keen Do It Yourself painter will begin the task, understand she or he can’t finish it and then they call NEVER PAINT AGAIN to complete the work for them!
Why do you think that TOP designers are known by that extremely name? TOP!
You must always start at the top, yes on the ladder or the scaffolding, 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 exterior?
There is a technique and a right method to do practically everything in life, and, provided you take heed to this collection of beautiful simple ideas, and utilize the technique correctly to paint your house, you should not have any problems.
And the last eliminate
SAFETY whilst painting and decorating is also of primary significance.
Do not take risks and do not use tools or chemicals that you are not familiar with.
Do not under price quote how significant a job painting your house can be.
It is very important likewise that I inform you that if you are not positive, and I don’t indicate super positive as all of us have our fears and worries if we are doing something that we are not used to doing, but if you are definitely afraid things of this then do yourself a favour and work with another person to paint your home!
Painting the exterior does a minimum of need some forethought and planning however if you get it right, you can look forward to a nice looking house … in the meantime anyway.
Decorators and painters need to go through a specific training duration prior to they are let loose on houses and organization facilities, so bear that in mind when you begin and don’t attempt to paint your house if you actually do not have a clue or lack self-confidence as it is not easy.
IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE, eSSENTIAL SECURITY ADVICE.
In 2010, ROSPA published the following set of statistics for Do It Yourself associated mishaps:
Injuries from tools and machinery are approximated to account for 87,000 of the 220,000 Do It Yourself lovers turning up at healthcare facility each year.
Ladder and stepladder accidents send out 41,000 individuals to healthcare facility every year– often leading to some of the most serious injuries and even death when individuals fall from high up.
Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles result in another 60,000 people seeking treatment in casualty.
The most dangerous tools according to the Home Mishap Monitoring System (2002) are:
1. Knives and scalpels (21,300 mishaps in the Dublin each year).
2. Saws (15,100).
3. Grinders (6,400).
4. Hammers (5,800).
5. Chisels (3,900).
6. Screwdrivers (3,400).
7. Power Drills (3,000).
8. Axes (2,200).
9. Aircrafts (2,100).
10. Welding Equipment (2,000).
The leading 10 Do It Yourself materials to take care with are:.
- Wood, chipboard etc. (29,400 mishaps).
- Paving/Concrete Blocks (21,200).
- Metal bars, sheets and so on (12,800).
- Nails (15,400).
- Bricks (8,000).
- Paint and paint pots (3,900).
- Glue, paste and so on (3,100).
- Screws and floor/wall tiles (2,500).
- Wallpaper (1,600).
Common DIY accidents consist of cuts from knives while cutting cable television and carpets, slips with saws when cutting wood, paint dripping into eyes from pieces and ceilings falling onto hands and feet.
People often make mistakes when they hurry jobs or are tired.
Many people overstate their abilities, for instance gas and electrical work need to be delegated the specialists, and the exact same chooses decorating.
Long times, choosing to save a couple of quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.
Safe Professional Painting and Designing.
A lot of Painters and Decorators now have a lot more things to think about when it comes to the task they do.
In previous years, a painter and designer would just turn up and paint what the consumer wanted which had to do with it and some didn’t even clean up later on!
Nowadays there is a lot more work that enters into the job than simply the painting.
Much of the traditional painters and decorators in some cases specialise in other areas of the decorating company, such as painting really tall buildings, using sanitary coverings inside medical facilities, or painting in remote locations such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
Once you have actually painted one flooring of the house, move down to the lower level of scaffold and start painting that elevation, again, cutting in around windows.
You might desire to momentarily put masking over the windows to prevent a fine paint spray or drips on the glass panes if a minor breeze is in the air.
Finally, back to the most convenient bit to paint: ground level!
It’s constantly best to save the best up until last and this should be the simpler bit.
Again, make certain that no one is around the house where you are painting and make certain you put “DAMP PAINT!” indications all over, just to make it crystal clear. Ensure you haven’t missed out on any bits such as window reveals or behind pipeline.
What to do after you have actually finished decorating.
Anyhow, you need to eliminate any masking paper you installed, if applicable, making certain it doesn’t touch the walls when you remove it, and then put it in a bin liner for recycling.
And depending on temperature level and your regional environment, the paint ought to be dry the next day but 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 a lot of Do It Yourself shops and then save them away for another day.
We would suggest “DIALL” brush cleaner from B&Q EUR9.97 for 2 litres, will last you for ages.
Since not just will this tip **** save you about two days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its simply professional, simple as that. If you want to paint like a pro, ACT like a professional!
Guarantee you have not missed out on any bits such as window reveals or behind pipeline.
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