Do’s and Don’ts for Cutting the Cost of Painting your Home
A fresh coat of paint on your home’s interior and exterior does wonders, and you don’t necessarily need to break the bank to achieve a professional-looking do-it-yourself project. The secret is to know what to spend more on for purposes of quality and durability, what supplies and methods will help you cut overall time and costs, and how to avoid the need for a do-over.
Do not try saving money by not using a primer coat before painting. One coat of primer before painting is less expensive than applying additional coats of paint. Most importantly, a primer is needed if you are painting on raw drywall, rough surfaces, raw wood, or stained surfaces. If you are making a dramatic change in the wall paint color, using primer will help prevent bleed-through of previous colors and the need for more paint.
One of the things you do not want to do to cut costs is to buy a poor quality type of paint. Of course, you can cut costs by watching for paint sales on the best paint. The reasons you do want to purchase high-quality paint include:
- High-quality paint will do an excellent job of covering the walls with fewer coats; this saves time as well as money.
- High-quality paint has greater durability.
- The paint on the walls won’t fade or scuff easily.
Do not cut costs by failing to properly prepare the surface. No matter how high-quality your paint is, it won’t look good on a wall that is dented, uneven, and in any other way marred.
Do use fewer paint colors, which can save you both money and time. You’ll save on paint because there will be less left over. You can also possibly buy in bulk; a 5-gallon bucket of paint typically costs the same as four one-gallon buckets, which is like getting a free bucket of paint. You’ll save time because it will be quicker and easier to produce clean lines, and you’ll have less cleanup time of rollers and brushes.
Rather than changing the colors, simply refresh the previous paint colors. Only one coat of paint is typically needed, if you go this route.
Do not try to save money by squeezing out the paint on the roller each time you get more paint. This doesn’t actually save money or produce optimal results. You can do what professionals do; roll on thick layers of paint with a lighter touch. This method has proven to use less paint and at the same time produce much better and professional-looking results.
If you are on a serious budget, you can give your home a nice upgrade by painting an accent wall instead of an entire room. This is a great way to change the color scheme. Another economical way to give a room a nice lift is to just paint the ceiling, choosing a color that is just a bit lighter than the color on the walls.
Here’s a tip that can help you save a lot of time, if it is taking you more than a day to complete the painting. Rather than rinsing out brushes and rollers, when there is more painting to be done, tightly wrap the brushes and rollers in plastic bags and secure the wrapping with string or a rubber band. The next day all you need to do is unwrap them and resume painting.
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