DIY Prep We’re Tempted to Skip, but Definitely Shouldn’t

Cover all surfaces

Drop sheets, which cost $3 or less from your local hardware store, will be your saviour.
When you’re working on your next DIY job cover floors, couches and basically anything else you want to ensure is safe from paint splatters and sawdust.

Fill holes and gaps

Holes in walls and gaps around windows, doors and skirting boards are a painter’s worst enemy.
Luckily they’re a cinch to get rid of without calling in the professionals.
A rigid gap filler, such as Selleys Spakfilla, will take care of any holes or dints on your walls. Unsightly gaps around doors, windows or skirting boards will require a flexible filler, such as Selleys No More Gaps Multipurpose, which has the flexibility to cope with the natural movement of your house without cracking.

Sand surfaces

Sanding is often the bane of many-a-DIY-enthusiast’s existence. But it doesn’t matter whether you’re upcycling a piece of old furniture or paint-prepping your walls, sanding is one essential step you shouldn’t be tempted to skip.

Move furniture aside

When conducting DIY indoors, it’s essential to make a safe and open zone for you to work in, as well as to keep your valuable items clean and protected.

Remove fixtures

Taking out all of your fixtures and fittings may seem like a laborious and unnecessary task, but if you’re not confident in your paint skills it offers an easy workaround.

Sugar soap the walls

Sugar-soaping the walls is going to give you a better paint job, plain and simple.

Set up a work station

When painting, setting up a bit of a base with everything you need on a drop sheet will make the whole process run much more smoothly.
Buckets of water, roller trays, rollers, paint brushes, stirrers and bags of clean rags are essential items that should form the base of your paint work station.

Article from realestate.com.au/lifestyle

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