Top 5 mistakes people make with a DIY paint job

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If walls could talk they would urge any DIY painters out there to wise up before undertaking an interior paint makeover. All too often, those considering putting their property on the market for sale or lease decide to jump into a quick paint job without a stroke of planning. The result? A cheap looking upgrade which potential buyers and tenants can sniff instantly.

To help you avoid a disappointing interior paint job, here are 5 of the most common mistakes people make when completing a DIY paint job.

Paint brushes and cups full of paint on a messy surface.


1. Rushing through the preparation stage

So many DIY painters speed through the preparation stage and set themselves up for failure before they’ve even lifted a brush. Whether it’s because they are time poor, inexperienced or simply too eager to get started, inadequate preparation is a big thumbs down. Work like a pro by cleaning and drying the walls thoroughly and scraping cracked paint from uneven areas. Lay proper painter’s tape carefully around edges and frames and cover all floors with fixed drop sheets. Save time by removing window furnishings and wall décor in the days leading up to the DIY paint job, for ultimate efficiency.

2. Choosing the wrong paint colour

There’s a reason most paint suppliers will tell you to try before you buy, especially if you are painting an entire home. Thanks to natural light and the base colour of your existing walls, the finished colour will almost always look different to the paint swatch. Unfortunately for many DIY painters, changing their minds can happen too late which results in mismatched ceilings, bold colours overpowering the space, or whites looking stark and uninviting. It’s amazing how the wrong shade of white can throw the ambience out of whack. It is best to try at least three shades of your desired hue on your wall before deciding on a paint colour. Otherwise, a colour consultant may be a good option for you.

A roller paint brush on a white surface.

3. Buying cheap DIY paint brushes

A big mistake DIY painters tend to make, is spending up on high quality paint whilst forgetting about the importance of good tools. You don’t need many but do invest in quality rollers and brushes to avoid an uneven finish. Be sure to buy a professional angled paint brush for the frames and intricate sections of your home. Good brushes encourage less paint wastage and a faster finish.

4. Careless clean up

Okay, it’s been a long project but come on! So many people abandon their brushes and paints at the end of a DIY paint job because they don’t consider the benefits of storing them. Major error. It can be difficult to match wall and ceiling paint down the track, so carefully wiping the edges and sealing lids of leftover paint is a must; and it only takes a minute. Your brushes should also be thoroughly cleaned, dried with paper towel and covered in plastic wrap because you never know when a touch up might be needed. And of course, hold off from reinstating furniture and wall hangings for as long as you can to allow for maximum drying time.

5. Assuming DIY painting is more cost effective than professional painting

This one is surprising. Many professional paint jobs are actually allocated to fix botched DIY paint jobs; a ridiculous waste of time and money for homeowners. Painting yourself may seem like the most cost-effective solution, but often professional painters can take the reins of your painting project for less than you think. Rather than sourcing paint, cleaning walls, preparing your home and freeing your schedule to undertake a physically demanding paint job, a professional team can do it all for you. Besides paying for a high quality, guaranteed home improvement you need to do nothing. When you weigh it up, you can bet on an expert paint job.

It may be important to make mistakes in life, but not when it comes to DIY painting. Don’t forget to read our other article on quick and easy ways to add value to your home!