One part of the Australian dreams is a beautiful home. Part of that home is having magazine quality curb appeal in classic colours paint colours and well-trimmed eaves and architectural features. This dream is the reason that the weekend warriors roll up their sleeves, take out their brushes and attempt to get to work. Is it that easy? Can you get a beautiful home with just a little bit of elbow grease? You can, but there are a few tips to make it easier!
- Do your research! Do you have the time and the patience to tackle a job like painting your bathroom yourself? Ask yourself what your time is worth – will this consume your next couple of weekends? (Remember every time you stop; you’ve got to re-do some of your precious prep work again.) Perhaps your time would be better spent getting a few quotes and handing the job over to a professional team like Aussie Bathroom renovations, who more often than not can get the entire bathroom done in a few days, while you’re busy at work doing your normal job. If anything, getting a quote done, just to see what it costs is well worth it – especially if it takes more time than you thought that it would and you have to hand it over to the professionals anyway!
- Measure – and measure again! You’ll want to make sure that get enough paint to do the whole job. Paint batches may vary slightly from can to can, so you want to avoid being able to spot where you had to rush out and buy more. Most paint brand sites have invaluable calculators to help you make the right measurements. This also goes with the first tip – perhaps in the time that it takes you to prep and paint and buy the materials, it simply may be cheaper and easier to use a professional.
- Get good advice about your paint choice. Choosing the right colour if everyone in the family has a different opinion may sound like the hardest job, but it isn’t! Choosing the right paint for the right finish can be very frustrating. If you have plastered or textured finished walls, this will take a completely different painting approach than say painted wood paneling. Vinyl finishes will also require the right kind of paint. While you are enquiring about the paint – don’t forget to ask if you need a special primer. Primer prepares the surface for the paint and allows it to adhere better and for longer. Its extremely important that the right kind of primer and undercoat is selected.
- While you are choosing the right type of paint, don’t forget to inquire about the right kind of paint for what is adjacent to the bathroom. Bathrooms that are near sauna’s or steam rooms for example, have different heat and humidly impacting them compared to bathrooms that are not exposed to these installations. Many paints are labelled for multi-purpose environments, but as painting is such an investment, you want it to last for years, so make sure you are asking the question before you settle on what you select.
- Get the right equipment! You’ll want to make sure that your brushes and rollers are not only for the type of finish that you’ve selected in your paint, you also want to make sure that they are right for the type of exterior that you have. Vinyl siding for example will take a completely different roller than one for render. While you are selecting your equipment, don’t forget drop clothes if you need them. Buy some extra rope to pull back any internal shrubbery that may be permanently planted in a luxury bathroom (wrapping them in old sheets if necessary to protect the branches) and make sure that you also pick up few rolls of painter’s tape. Don’t forget the turpentine if you’ve selected an enamel as you’ll want to carefully clean your brushes on finishing each day.
- Clean well! For the average bathroom, it will need a thorougher wash down with sugar soap or a proper detergent to remove surface grime. Always wash from the top down and be sure to rinse everything that you’ve washed carefully. You can use a hand scrubber for areas that are particularly dirty such as skirting boards. If you have a large or very dirty house, it may be better to get a pressure washer. Make sure that you rinse carefully so there is no surface debris that will mar the finish of your painting. Remember, every time you stop for a few days with out starting, you will have to wash your unpainted areas again as a film can quickly occur that needs to be removed for a first class paint finish..
- Tape and protect your fixtures and check for holes. A really great tip is to wrap door knobs and non-removable fixtures will aluminium foil and tape near the end. This allows the foil to be moulded to the shape of the fixtures and it stays out of your way. As you are carefully protecting fixtures, check to make sure that your surfaces are ready. Fill any chips or holes and pound down and fill any lose nails. Do a final walk around inspection before you pick up your brushes.
Don’t forget to check the weather! It would be a shame to get all that work done, just to have the forecast change to very cold weather on you, especially if you are using oil based paints. Once you’ve completed the above tips and tricks, you should be ready to crack open a well shaken can… of paint! The cold one can wait for when you’re done, you’ll have earned it!