Home Renovations – To Paint or Not to Paint

Weston Lakes/ May 12, 2009/ Renovations

Many people do home renovations quite successfully and this can add value to the home whether you want to sell or not. But whether you want to book a furniture mover like Brilliance Removalists or not, it is wise to consider carefully whether you are up to the job of painting your home.

Anyone with arthritis should not attempt to paint the ceiling as it can be really hard on the neck to look up all the time.  Even painting the walls can be a lot more work than it looks.  For a start, you have to go over it all with a fine tooth-comb to see that it is in good repair and that any cracks or holes are filled in with putty and sanded over, otherwise even that small nail hole or bump will look more obvious.

Then you need to cover all the furniture over, or take it out of the room. If you don’t take it out, items along the walls will need to be moved to the middle of the room. Masking tape will need to be stuck around windows and door frames or any part you don’t want painted –  or are going to paint a different colour. This means the ceiling architraves – a long reach.

Protecting the floor is another job and difficult when you have carpet nailed down all along the edges of the floor. Gathering all the tools together is a job in itself. You’ll need: –

  • Brushes – wide and narrow. Get good quality ones if you don’t want hair embedded in the paint.
  • Rollers with extension handle/s that can be removed
  • The roller tray
  • Rags to clean up spills
  • A stepladder – or two; one should be higher for the ceiling
  • Gladwrap to cover the rollers and paintbrushes between use so they don’t dry out
  • A stick to stir the paint with
  • The paint
  • Sugar soap and rags for washing the walls down
  • Bucket/s of water
  • Two of everything if you are both going to do the job. Otherwise discussion of who will do what.

That brings us to whether you will just have a top coat, or should you prime or undercoat first? If the walls and ceiling are in poor condition, priming it first may be a good idea. This will give you a smooth base for the top coat and it will look more professional.

But before you even start, you’ll have to choose the colours. These will need to be light so that small spaces will feel larger; they should be in fairly neutral colours that don’t date like bright and bold colours tend to. They also appeal to a wider demographic. Remember, you need to be confident of doing a professional job or your home will not look any better at the end of your hard work.