Home DIY did not come naturally for me. But I was lucky my Dad was keen to teach me the basics. Since moving in to our current home there have been numerous DIY jobs. Not to mention having to get the professionals in to do a multitude of more complicated jobs.
Recently we have had our master bedroom completely renovated, incorporating two rooms into one. This has left me a completely blank canvas. So where do you start with a project like this? Well here are my top tips to remember when taking on a DIY project of this scale.
The first thing that needs to be done when tackling a new room is the basic preparation for the project.
What I tend to do first is check the new plaster for any lumps and bumps and smooth these down with a fine sandpaper. The next step is to use builders caulk around the edges of the plaster where the walls meet and around the ceiling edges. Doing this it will stop the new paint work cracking as the plaster relaxes into place. Finally I use Knotting Solution on the skirting boards to ensure any natural knots do not bleed through the fresh gloss paintwork.
Over my years of DIY one thing that I used to shrug off was never having the right tools for the job. I would try and take on most jobs with just a screw driver and hammer. But I have been keen to improve my tool and equipment collection. It actually not only improves the outcome but it also means there is less time wasted. Not to mention a reduced stress level when completing a project because it happens more smoothly. So after I have done my basic preparation I ensure I have the right tools I need for the remainder of the job.
Walls & Ceiling
After you have completed your prep work and collated your tools you are good to go with one of the biggest transformations and that is the paint work. I have found one brand of paint to stand out from any others and that is Leyland contract paint. This paint on new plaster takes two coats but it leaves a really professional looking finish. Couple this with a long handled roller and it cuts you time painting pretty much in half. The first thing I do is cut the ceiling with a brush and then I roller it. After the second coat is dry I move onto the walls and follow the same pattern of cutting in one wall and rollering until the room is finished.
Finally moving on to the glossing of the skirting boards and window sills.
Once all the paint work has been completed and dried, I move onto the flooring. Generally it takes me a day to do a room about 5m x 5m. However the room I am doing next is quite a bit bigger so I will be estimating two days on that task. Ensuring you get enough underlay and flooring for the job is essential. Once you get going the flooring starts to slot into place easily, leaving you to move on to the final jobs.
The final touch I do before handing the room over to my wife is change the light fitting to modernise the room. If your not competent yourself it is important to hire a qualified electrician, on a few occasions on trickier lights I have had to do this myself. It’s probably safer if your not confident with the wiring.