Time for a lick of paint

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We are heading for mid April now and with the days are lasting a bit longer and the weather is improving (slightly ). It is fair to say people are in a lot better fettle and in the mood for spring cleaning. And what better way to spruce up your home than a lick of paint and a bit of decorating.

However, painting and decorating your home can be a huge undertaking and many people do not know where to start. Here at the advertiser.ie, we provide simple tips to help you with efficiently and effectively painting and decorating your home.

1 Do not underestimate the job

Many people believe that painting your home involves buying the paint, covering up your furniture, and stroking the walls with the brush. If it were than easy there would not be as many painter and decorators throughout Ireland. If you do not have the right tools or experience in painting and decorating, it is best to hire a professional. A good painter will have the job done quicker and better with longer lasting results.

2 Preparation

"Fail to prepare; Prepare to fail" is the famous quote by Benjamin Franklin and preparation on a decorating job is crucial. A good painter will spend 70 per cent of the job preparing which makes the job easier and gives a superior finish. Preparation includes scraping away old paint, removing mould, filing cracks as well as covering the furniture and floors.

3 Pay for quality; receive quality

They say a good workman never blames his tools; rubbish. If you want the best finish, then you will have to pay a little extra for it. Cheap brushes are likely to hold less paint resulting in you doing twice the work with an inferior finish. Advice is do not be a tight arse; spend a little extra bob on the paint and brushes. It will be well worth it.

4 Head to the edge

Start your paint job at the edges, around door frames, under windows, and corners before tackling the main bulk of the work. Following this order will give you a better finish as well as speeding up the painting process. Also paint top to bottom to avoid dripping.

So there you have it. The advertiser.ie's top tips for painting. What are you waiting for?

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