A can of paint, a brush, and some rags.
You can transform a room by painting or give your home a complete makeover with a lot of creativity. If your patience and roofs aren’t too low, you can DIY. But, before you jump into the painting, here are some things to consider:
Whether you prefer to be indoors or outdoors, There are solid floors inside, ceilings that can be reached, and a bright working light. However, it can be difficult to reach roof overhangs or set ladders on uneven ground. In addition, mother nature can be a problem. Morning dew can cause paint adhesion issues, and storms can damage still-wet paint.
Do you want to cover the entire house or just one room? A single coat of paint can be done on the weekend, especially if you have some help and a cold beverage. You might consider hiring people in painter’s overalls to help you multiply the time it takes to move furniture, prep walls, and sand old trim.
The same applies outside. While you can tackle one garage wall, it is best to leave the rest of your house covered.
Do you want to tell one or two stories? A DIYer might be able to paint one story. Two stories can be painted with scaffolding and extension ladders — this is likely contractor territory.
Are you looking for new work or repairs? When a contractor finishes drywall smoothly, the prep work can be eliminated, and painting can begin. However, the same size project may take twice as long if it involves a lot of scraping and spackling.
Do you prefer a similar color or a starker change? A similar color can be repainted with spot priming and one coat of finish in a few minutes. However, changing the color dramatically requires at least two coats. It also doubles the work required and takes longer to dry.
Are you primarily concerned with walls or woodwork? A roller can quickly deal with unobstructed walls. Large rooms with elaborate window casings or cornice molding at ceilings require more effort and time. Trimming is a tedious job that requires more work, especially if there are cabinets or shelves involved.
Is it first-rate or second best? Take a look at the house painting projects you have done in the past. Are the trim edges as smooth as you’d like them to be for the new project? Are the walls clean and free from lap marks? Hire a contractor or a house-painter if you are looking for results that can be time-consuming and difficult to achieve on your own.