Tips for DIY enthusiasts: keep your painting fun


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How do you make the task of painting, or really any kind of DIY renovation project, fun? Or, at least a little bearable, to the point where you could agree to perform the task a second time without too much sulking or growling?

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Essentially, by eliminating the “not-so-fun” stuff.

When it comes to remodeling a room, you’ll need to prepare first and then paint, with both tasks offering their own set of fun and less fun opportunities.

Applying fiberglass tape to a seam or hole is fun.

You can also use the cheaper roll of paper tape which is no fun.

Applying joint compound, aka drywall mud, to the tape – fun, of course, who doesn’t love playing with mud?

Sanding, no fun. It is tiring, hard on the muscle joints and creates a mess.

Applying painter’s caulk – fun, because it’s like playing with mud, except this time the mud is contained in a tube.

Wipe the excess caulk off a crack with your finger, which is relatively fun.

Not knowing what to do with that ball of caulk you plan to wipe off your pant leg – not that fun.

Applying painters tape is no fun.

Painting – fun, as long as you treat yourself to a brush that was not in a four-pack at $ 3.99; or, handicap yourself further with a special applicator / roller roller kit at $ 4.99, which would then transfer the task of painting to the non-fun category, or more realistically, a list of tasks that ultimately force me to to hate.

While it might not be possible to completely eliminate the non-fun parts of repairing and painting a room, we can nonetheless reduce their impact by introducing a few strategies.

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A general do-it-yourself # 1 homeowner strategy? We will be working on one room at a time, not moving to the next space until the first space is finished. Sticking to this regimen will keep the mess under control and reduce the risk that your spouse will question your decision to save a few dollars by attempting this remodel without professional help.

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First step, clear the room of those items and furniture that can be moved with relative ease. Then move the heaviest cabinets to the center of the room. Sliding the cabinets is definitely a no-no.

The premise for doing things yourself, aside from being rewarded with a sense of accomplishment and feelings of love from your spouse, is to save money. However, if you saved $ 200 on professional labor but suffered a shortfall of $ 1,200 due to replacing your hardwood floor or carpet, your career as a home handyman. will be short lived.

So if the room has a hardwood floor, be sure to place a folded towel under each foot of items that you just can’t pick up. In the case of a carpet, appliance rollers are a good alternative for lifting or moving a heavy cabinet towards the center of the room.

If possible, place chairs and tables moved from the room among your existing furniture, mixing them with your current decor. It can clutter things up a bit in some rooms, but it’s better than just stacking things in the adjacent hallway, creating a barely navigable passage, or having to haul things around in the basement.

Essentially, a room under renovation shouldn’t make the whole house feel under siege.

As suggested, we avoid the non-fun aspects of a renovation by reducing their footprint on the job or choosing the best alternative, even if it costs you a few dollars more.

Following this reasoning, we use fiberglass tape to seal seams or cover larger holes and dents. Fiberglass tape is tacky and simply attaches to the surface of drywall, unlike paper tape, which requires a bead of mud to hold it to the wall. It’s an easy two-step process for a professional, but an unnecessary opportunity to mess up the hobbyist.

Next week, more on having fun painting.

Good building.

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