Even such a seemingly simple task as painting a bedroom requires a high degree of skill in knowing how to get a quality finish. Straight lines, adequate coverage, and no sloppy painting are a real challenge to some people. Is a pro the answer?
However, with the right research and patience, it is possible to be very happy with a do-it-yourself paint job. The key to painting your small house is patience. You have to take your time throughout the entire process and try not to get frustrated. In addition, there are several things that you can do to help cut costs painting your small house.
Visit Recycling Centers
Buying the paint and equipment that you will need to paint your small house will drive up the cost of the project. Paint can be very expensive and it may seem foolish to spend money on an entire can of paint if you do not need such a large amount.
Thankfully, there are several places you can turn to for free or reduced cost paint. Local hazardous waste recycling centers often offer paint for free or at a reduced price. It may sound dangerous to get paint from this location; however, the paint that is available at a hazardous waste recycling center is exactly the same as what you would find in stores. It is just paint that other people have left over from when they painted their own home. Most hazardous waste recycling centers have a large inventory of paint colors and types.
Habitat for Humanity runs ReStores in many cities. These are great places to find left over or discontinued paint at steep discounts. You probably won’t find the exact color you need, but you could get very close.
Find Used Materials
Purchasing all of the equipment that is needed to paint your small home can add up fast. You should look around your home to find as many things that you can use as possible.
One of the most common household items that can be used when you paint your home is an old bed sheet. You will not have to purchase drop cloths if you have several sheets that you can use. Sheets are actually more durable than the drop cloths that you can purchase in stores. You will be able to use it for more than one room or location. You can try to find a sheet at your local thrift store if you do not already have one.
Ask Your Friends for Help
A great way to save time and money is to ask your friends to help you paint your small home. Friends might have painting equipment from when they painted their home that you can borrow. In addition, they might have tips or strategies that will help you paint your home more efficiently.
Another good place to turn for help painting your home is a painting contractor. Painting contractors are trained to understand just what is necessary to paint your small home. They have all of the materials and will get the job done very quickly. Painting contractors are a good option if you do not have the time to do the job by yourself.
Article submitted by Philip at Painting Contractor USA. Image by Esteban Maringolo at Flickr.