Recently we have been spending a lot of time decorating the flat. We have gutted almost every room and given them all a much needed overhaul. Luckily my partner is a builder and has been able to do all of the work himself, from plastering, painting and building lots of new space saving storage solutions.
When decorating you need to take quite a few things into consideration.
You need to plan what you want to do with the space you’re decorating, where you intend to put things afterwards and also take into account the space you have to work with.
We wanted to make everything look bigger, more open and like the room was filled with light. Because of this we ended up choosing to go white throughout with feature walls, splashes of colour from accessories and lots of storage.
Preparation is the uttermost key to decorating, if you don’t then nothing is going to come easily.
Invest in tools that will help you get a flawless finish and get the job done easier – things like synthetic brushes for water based paint and non synthetic for oil based. Make sure you invest in a dust mask, good dust sheets to protect anything that may need protecting and a good tube of decorating cork.
Decorating cork is a gem as it can fill in small cracks, fill in any joins and finish off just about anything. Simply apply, smooth off the excess with a dry finger and then use a damp sponge to get a beautiful even finish.
Make sure whatever you are decorating is fully sanded or prepared for how you want your decorating to go. We had to completely re-plaster all of our walls as you couldn’t paint on what was here beforehand. Now we have beautiful smooth walls that reflect the light.
It’s also really handy to know where your main stopcock is for the water and electrical fuse box, this way if any emergencies arise you can shut it off quickly at the source.
Check For Hazards
Checking for hazards is the most important thing to bare in mind when you are getting ready to decorate your home. There are so many hazards that most people are unaware of and it is always better to be safe than sorry.
A simple thing like buying a tester to be able to find where any water pipes or electrical wires are is invaluable, as one small hole through one of those can cause a whole host of problems that could potentially cost hundreds of pounds to fix.
Another thing is if you live in a older build property to check for asbestos. These can be done by looking at your plans or getting an independent survey done, if you are also getting someone in to do the work they should be able to identify it too.
My flat is absolutely riddled with asbestos, seriously I had no idea how many things it could be in. My partner was telling me it’s in the walls, the kitchen sink, floor tiles and in the ceiling. Luckily as we weren’t ripping down walls it wouldn’t become too detrimental to our health.
My partner told me that because asbestos was such a good material to use for its heat and water resistance back in the day, that’s why it was used in everything. This can obviously be terrible for tradesmen like himself as they have to deal with it all the time as asbestos can have serious affects on their health.
As you can see these are only three things that you need to think about when getting ready to decorate. I shall do another post in the near future with a focus on the actual decorating part as it would have been too much and a lot of information to have in one post. Luckily that one is full of tips and tricks of the trade.