DIY in painting our home: Is it possible?


Painting the house is usually done by professionals. For example, if you live in London, hiring painters and decorators is your practical option.

But sometimes people want to do “DIY” in their homes. The terms “DIY” or “do it yourself” are becoming more widespread on the Internet, mostly because of decoration and design tutorials. More than just decoration, today it is possible to make your hands dirty and do amazing things in your own home.

For residents who are not interested in hiring skilled renovators, it is possible to bring their style and personality to their homes by spending little and developing skills that are often not exploited. Painting one’s own house is one example: with proper attention, it is possible to make harmonious and professional paintings.

House painting is a task that is generally underestimated, so it is advisable to accept the help of an expert to get better results. Ceiling and wall paintings should be easy even for inexperienced people. Who hasn’t done it? However, it is equally true that painting seems easier than the end. Therefore, to avoid marks, blemishes, and untidy edges, it is best to follow the following tips:

– Right color: For indoor environments, the ideal is the tone that encourages the spread, both in wall paintings and wallpaper. It is important to think in advance where the painting will be placed and what to wear later. There are various types of materials according to the strength of the cover. That is why it is good to get advice in the store when buying, to choose the perfect product for every environment.

– Good working tools: When buying a brush, it is very important to choose a quality product. Workpieces that are too cheap tend to lose hair when used and folded, which does not allow a proper stroke. For light colors, brushes with “pig hair” is ideal. But attention: they are not recommended for varnishes.

– First hand: If the ceiling and walls are not printed, they must be ready to paint on a backing. This prevents fresh colors from being absorbed immediately and the surface then looks stained. When painting the base, be careful not to paint too much at once on the wall. The color should be applied only when the base is dry.

– Mixed colors: Mix it yourself or have them prepared in a store: both have their pros and cons. Anyone who creates their own color mix with toner paste can captivate creativity and play with their own accents. The problem is to repeat the same color later if necessary. Another option is to choose the color of the desired color palette in the store and ask them to prepare a mixture. Although this is somewhat more expensive, it ensures that the color will always be the same.

– Mix well: For indoor environments, it is best to use water-soluble paint, where, when placed, the liquid above and the colored pigment below. If mixed with toner paste, the whole mixture must be disposed of in a clean bucket after mixing. In this way, it is ensured that the basic color pigment and bucket wall do not end at the wall.

– Wet paint: To paint the ceiling, you have to start from the corners. It must be painted with a brush that is easy to reach gaps. Then you must immediately paint the surface with a roller. This technique is known as “wet paint over wet.” For white paint, it is best to use a sheep skin roller, while colored surfaces can be painted with foam rubber rollers. In the case of walls, the same thing must be done with the ceiling. The “wet on wet” technique means that each wall must be painted with a flip. If a pause is created, shadows form on the surface.

– Remove tape insulator immediately: As soon as the paint is finished, all insulation tapes must be removed. The corners are better when removing fresh paint. The more tapes left behind, the harder it is to delete them later.

Some additional tips:

It is possible to do the painting job without having to recruit a team, but keep in mind that there are steps that need to be followed and that tips and tricks are important when doing something that has never been done before.

– For masonry surfaces in the room, use acrylic paint with good washability;
– Outside the room, choose paints with hydrophilic characteristics, which facilitate cleaning;
– Allow 4 hours between applying one layer and another;
– Mix only the amount of water and paint that will be used that day;
– Use a low wool roll to give a smoother surface result;
– Pay attention to the guidelines on ink package labels because they can change depending on the type of surface;
– Apply the varnish or enamel on the surface of the wood, the varnish is a product that colors the wood that leaves the veins open, the enamel paints the surface without allowing the veins to appear;
– The procedure for floor painting varies according to the type of surface, on the ceramic floor the tip is to apply an epoxy floor with a roller to make the base sticky before receiving acrylic paint, while on the cement floor it is necessary to apply the floor.

Article prepared in cooperation with Ignas Limited – painters and decorators in London.