DIY days

I’ve been doing a bit of DIY around the house in recent times, much to the delight of my parents, both of whom seem reluctant to take on the jobs themselves.  There is also the ‘earning your keep’ point and I can’t really argue with that one.  There is a great sense of satisfaction from a job well done (some might argue that well done is overstating things a little), so I haven’t minded doing the work at all.

Painting has taken up, and will continue to take up, a great deal of my time in terms of DIY work.  I’m no expert, but I like to think I have learnt some of the tricks of the trade along the way and I don’t mind sharing them if it helps someone out there.

Make sure to wear old clothes and old shoes before starting on a paint job because the paint will splash.  I imagine some people might think that they do not have to worry about their shoes but, believe me when I say this, paint spots will get that far.

Remove most of the furniture from the room to be painted and any furniture that is left should be moved into the centre of the room and protected with a dustsheet.  In the areas that are being painted, newspaper should be put on the floor to stop paint from getting onto it.

I find that when I am using a paintbrush, a good tip before starting to paint is to rub the paintbrush against the palm of the hand to get rid of any loose bristles.

Have a radio in the room is another handy tip.  Painting a room can be tedious, as much as I enjoy doing it, so a welcome distraction in the form of music is a bonus.

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