Something about the springtime makes me want to clean and freshen up our home. One of the absolute easiest and least expensive ways to give your space a fresh feel is to use paint! And, I love using paint to spruce up the inside of our home. It’s crazy how simply applying a few coats of paint can completely update the look of a room! With so many colors to choose from and tools that make DIY improvements relatively easy, painting can quickly and inexpensively give your space an instant pick me up. However, it can also get expensive if you don’t plan ahead for your renovation.
Here are some of my favorite ways to paint around the house and stay within budget.
1. Don’t Cut Corners
Before you put brush to paint, make sure you have done the prep work. If you fail to remove the dirt and other debris from your walls, your hard work painting will likely not pay off. Make sure all painting surfaces are clean before applying paint or you’ll probably spend double buying more paint for the extra coats you’ll need. Simply use a bucket with warm water, a bit of soap and wipe down your walls and trim with the damp cloth.
2. Invest in Quality Paint
I know it’s tempting to buy the cheapest paint. Hey, we are trying to save money after all (!) but, if you’re buying paint solely based on price, you may end up spending more in the long run. Cheaper paint may require several more coats and a lot more work than if you bought a high quality paint that includes its own primer.
3. Bulk It Up
If you have a large area to paint, consider buying a five gallon container of paint instead of shopping by the gallon. This will require that you do some math to figure out how much paint you’ll need and if five gallons is even necessary. The clerk at the home improvement store can likely help with recommendations based on room dimensions you provide.
4. Be Color Flexible
If you just need a gallon of color, check out the reduced-priced mistake batches already mixed. When a retailer has “mistinted” paint already mixed for another customer, they will offer for a significant discount, often 50% or more. The only drawback is the color is already selected but if you can be flexible and find a color you like, you’ll see massive savings.
5. Prevent Spills
It may sound like a common sense tip but with a lot of your things moved around and a focus on painting, it can be easy to accidentally knock over the gallon of paint while working. This is obviously a big waste of paint and money in addition to the possible costs to repair the floor or carpeting that can become covered in paint. It’s you tend to be klutzy use smaller containers or paint trays to preserve the gallon and be conscientious about keeping your workspace clear.
6. Take Care of Your Supplies
Chances are good you’ll live to paint another day so make sure you take care of your supplies, especially at clean up time. Washing brushes, rollers, and containers as directed with soap and water or mineral spirits based on the directions. Reseal containers so paint stays in useable condition for touchups or new painting projects down the road. And be sure to save empty containers in case you need to match colors again for future touchups or damage repair.
If you know you’ll need to paint again soon or if you don’t finish your painting in one day use a plastic grocery sack to wrap around your roller and/or brushes. By keeping the air out your brush and rollers will remain wet and you’ll be able to pick up where you left off without having to deal with clean up at the end of the day.
7. Compare Professional Services vs. DIY
Sometimes I find myself assuming that DIY is the less-expensive option but really, sometimes it’s (shockingly) more expensive to DIY. When making your decision you’ll want to weigh the TIME vs. MONEY factor. If you’re going to spend a ton of time on a DIY project it might be worth it to pay for someone to do it professionally. So, if you don’t have a lot of time or patience, it may be a much better investment to call in the pros. Get a few estimates from reputable painters to see if the DIY method is more cost effective than a professional job. Check references rather than go for the lowest quote to ensure the job is done right the first time.
Image source: Chris RubberDragon