Planning a spruce up of your home? 

We've teamed up with Brewers to help you avoid any costly DIY mistakes. 

Adding a fresh coat of paint seems like an easy enough task, right? Well, there are quite a few things to think about to make sure your next decorating job doesn’t end in disaster.

Mistake 1 – Buying a paint colour before testing a sample

You may have fallen in love with a colour you have seen on Instagram, or fawned over a brand-new colour collection that is super trendy…but how will it look in your space?

Colours can look completely different depending on the kind of light and room you’re painting in. Before you head for a paint brush, grab a few sample pots of colours you like and paint them onto lining paper. Hang the paper around the room so you can start to visualise the colour in your space. 

Mistake 2 – Not using a paint kettle

And we don’t mean having a cuppa between coats.

A paint kettle is a small container you can pour your paint into. This may seem very minor, but it can make painting much easier and leaves you with a better overall finish. 

Mistake 3 – Failing to prepare

What’s the phrase that traumatised us all as kids? Ah yes, fail to prepare and prepare to fail.

Are the walls clean? Have you made sure any cracks have been filled and sanded down? Have you cleaned again? 

Mistake 4 – Using the wrong tools or the right tools in the wrong way

But a paint roller is just a roller?

Using the wrong roller or brush on your project can have a significant effect on your project so make sure you’re using the right ones!

Mistake 5 – Using the wrong finish

But I can just use emulsion?

With so many brands and finishes, it is important you choose the right finish for your project to ensure you get the look you’re after. There are also many new and exciting products hitting our shelves, so if you have stuck to the same finish for years, it might be worth broadening your horizons and seeing what’s out there.

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