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5 Tips for Painting Like the Pros

Many of us like the idea of DIY painting around the home, but get scared off by the thought of messy floors, crooked lines and uneven brushstrokes. To help you save the cost of a professional painter and jazz up your home without fear, we’ve compiled some simple tips and tricks for getting it done quickly, easily and to a high standard.

  1. Use fabric softener to keep all your brushes soft

No one likes painting with a stiff-bristled brush, but you can avoid it without buying a new one. Start by thoroughly rinsing the brush with water, then fill a bucket with half a cup of fabric softener and 3-4 litres of water. Immerse the brush in the mix and move it around for half a minute, then lay it down or clip it on a peg for storage.

This helps ensure your brush will keep its smooth, soft bristles for the next time you paint, and you don’t even need to rinse it off before use!

  1. An odour solution lies in your kitchen

If you’re painting for an extended period of time, the smell of paint can get old fast. Luckily, there’s a quick and easy solution to help you paint in peace: vanilla and lemon extracts. For dark paints, use a couple of drops of vanilla extract for every 5 litres you are using and enjoy the smoother aromas coming from the tin. If you are using a lighter colour, lemon extracts serve the same purpose without risking any discolouration. 

  1. Plastic wrap is your friend

Painting a wall is one thing, but painting around awkward objects, edges, corners and obstacles is a whole different ballgame. Whether you are painting around a sink, floorboard, toilet, window sill or anything else, use plastic wrap to cover the surface you aren’t painting to protect it from any stray drops or splashes. To go one better, buy painter’s tape for maximum convenience and have full peace of mind while you paint.

  1. Cotton buds are a life saver

Let’s face it: mistakes are bound to happen, especially if you are painting over a large surface area. The key is to not freak out when they happen, but to be prepared so that they are of no consequence. For minor ‘woopsies’ that are too small or awkward for a rag, keep a small stash of cotton buds nearby so that you can make little corrections whenever necessary.

  1. Make your own clean-up rag

You should already have a dedicated set of old clothes to paint in (if you don’t, get on it), but why not make further use of them? To save yourself ruining perfectly good towels or buying disposables from the supermarket, dedicate an old T-shirt or two to cleaning up any stray drops or splatters – this reduces waste without any sacrifice on convenience. One T-shirt can even be cut up to create multiple rags, making it easy for multiple people to paint at once.

Choosing the Perfect Paint Colour for Your Kitchen

Homes often has many rooms, but none are quite like the kitchen. It’s where you prepare meals, share special moments and create countless memories., and that’s why so many homeowners try to choose the colours that best suit their tastes and personalities. While it’s important to make sure your kitchen speaks you, don’t forget that it’s a more complicated decision than simply choosing a colour you like.

Neutral is always a safe bet

When it comes to the kitchen, it’s widely agreed by interior designers that starting with a neutral palette is the way to go. Shades like grey, beige or white serve as ideal foundations for any kitchen, as they offer extreme versatility when it comes to accents and décor while retaining that clean look. Plus, neutral colours are generally timeless, ensuring your kitchen won’t look outdated within a decade.

You still get to personalise

Choosing neutral doesn’t mean choosing boring. In fact, that’s part of the beauty of starting with a neutral foundation: you have so much room to personalise and experiment that you have way more options than you would with any bold and bright colours. Accents, artwork, appliances, flowers and all manner of other additions can add more than enough contrasting colour for your kitchen to pop without losing that classy edge.

Temporary ways to add splashes of colour

A daunting thing about choosing paint colours is that it can feel so final. Of course, it isn’t, but it does help to remind yourself that there are plenty of non-permanent ways to brighten up a room. Things like rugs, tapestries, pottery, flowers and more make great décor that you can change or remove whenever you like. Coordination makes this even more effective, like when you choose the same colour for your window trimming and chair cushions.

How using colours can complement size

The colours you choose for your kitchen can also be determined by its size. Take a small kitchen, for example: paler shades like cream and white are much better at reflecting light, which makes smaller spaces feel larger than they are. With darker colours, a cramped kitchen can feel even smaller.

As an extension of this, neutral colours are great for any kitchens that open up to a dining room, lounge room or anywhere else. This is because a neutral colour will be much more likely to work with the paint scheme of an adjoining room, rather than clash with it.

Choosing your neutral tones

Even though we said neutral tones carry timeless style, there are still some that are especially popular in this day and age. Warm whites and light greys offer exceptional versatility and come as an option with countless natural materials that can be used to build and decorate a kitchen. Plus, they give the kitchen that sleek, modern edge with a clean and spacious feel. But if you love your vibrant colours, don’t worry – remember that you can always jazz it up in other ways!

Published: 09 Aug 2017