Decide if a DIY painting job is worth the money saved

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Photo: Walls by Design

It all depends on how much time you have, and the desired outcome. For long-lasting results, it is always advisable to prep your walls before painting. That means fixing things such as dents, cracks, holes and flaking paint. Glossy surfaces also need to be sanded down slightly. The walls have to be cleaned so that the paint can go on smoothly and not trap dirt.

Then, you’ll have to mask the areas you don’t want paint on, such as wall sockets, window and door frames, and skirtings. If you have furniture in the room, you’ll have to move them out of the way, or cover them up.

You might also want to prime your surfaces with a sealer if you’re painting over a newly plastered surface, or repainting a powdery one. And all that comes before you even apply your desired colour. You’ll need two coats of your top coat paint, letting each coat dry in between.

The good news is that new formulations have made paint almost odour-free, so you won’t be inhaling toxic fumes as you paint.

If the above just sounds 
like too much work, big paint companies such as Dulux and Nippon Paints offer professional painting services that will do
 all of the above prep work – 
plus arrange a pre-painting 
site visit – offer a colour consultation, move your furniture for you and provide a warranty for paint defects.