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How to Prepare for a painting and decorating project


When you’re planning a painting and decorating job, there are a few things that can help to make the project easier for you. In this post, we’ll cover some useful hints and tips to help make sure your project runs smoothly and avoids time-consuming hiccups. These tips may even help cut the cost of your renovations. Keep reading to find out more.


Spend Longer Preparing to Save Time Correcting


When you’re starting a painting and decorating job, it’s easy to want to just get on with it and begin decorating. However, preparing the space you’re going to be decorating can make the job easier and quicker and save you from having to deal with the mess caused afterward. For example, make sure you get some good-quality painting tape to seal around skirting boards, light switches, plug sockets, and doorframes when painting. This will mean lines are cleaner, there is less correcting to do, and the end result is a higher standard. Using dust sheets can help protect flooring in a room from the mess caused whilst decorating and make it easier to get rid of waste and mess on the floor. Before decorating walls, you need to make sure they have been correctly prepped so that the end result looks its best. For example, make sure you sand down walls to get rid of any lumps and bumps. Remove thick layers of old paint and wallpaper and repair any cracks and damage to the wall.


Organise Waste Disposal


Any decorating job can be messy, especially if you have to remove old furniture and waste before you can start. If this is the case, then be sure to book a skip to help you clear out the space you’ll be decorating so that you have a clutter-free area to work in. Skip Supply Network offers a range of skip sizes and prices so you can find the right one for your project. Once a room is clear of waste and objects that could get in the way, it will be much easier for you to get stuck in with your painting and decorating. You can choose how long you would like to keep the skip so you can continue to use it for waste disposal throughout your project.


Invest in Good Tools


Although it can cost more to buy high-quality tools, it can make your project easier to get done and will result in a better finished job. If you buy cheaper tools, you might end up having to replace them more frequently anyway, and the result of the decorating could be finished to a lower standard. Try and research the best painting and decorating tools ahead of time to find something that is better quality and worth the money.


Test Paints and Wallpapers Before Starting


Before applying your chosen paints and wallpapers, test them on the walls to help you and others decide whether it’s the right choice or not. Sometimes paints and wallpapers can look different once in a room and might appear differently due to being affected by the lighting or the style of the room. Try out a strip on the wall and see how it fits the rest of the room before continuing. You can also buy sample paint pots and strips of wallpaper to help you decide before purchasing more.

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