Decorating your home is exciting. Whether you’re doing up a new property or you want to give your current home a new lease of life, a fresh coat of paint or new wallpaper can do wonders for how your room looks and feels. Doing the decorating yourself, instead of hiring a tradesman is a great way of saving money, but it’s important that you have the right tools to get the job done well.
Carry on reading for a mini-guide on what tools you need when painting and decorating.
Of course, you can’t paint anything without a good range of paintbrushes. Look at the area you’re painting to assess what size brushes you may need- do you need smaller brushes to make the edges neat? How big is the area you’re painting? What kind of finish do you want? Rollers are ideal for big walls, they hold much more paint than paintbrushes, allowing you to finish the job quicker. Generally speaking, rollers will produce a more textured finish compared to brushes, which make the surface look smooth.
If you’re painting a ceiling, or you simply need to access high places when painting walls or hanging wallpaper, then you need a ladder – you don’t want to get halfway through and have to put your decorating on hold. Ladders are also useful in other kinds of decorating and DIY jobs, so it’s always handy to have one stored in your home.
It’s important that you protect the rest of your furniture and flooring when decorating, or you may end up spending even more money replacing these items. Purchase protective sheeting such as heavy-duty plastic covers, dust sheets or simply reuse old bedding and towels to drape over furniture and on the floor.
You can’t prepare and hang wallpaper without a pasting table. Setting up a table allows you to seamlessly lay out and measure your wallpaper, apply the paste and quickly hang it before it starts to dry. Having all your tools and materials laid out means they can be accessed easily and you’ll avoid any accidents. Pasting tables or other kinds of work stations can be used to keep everything off the floor, reducing the chances of paint being tipped up or hurting yourself by standing on tools.
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