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Painting a house is not as easy as it seems at first glance. There are many aspects to be considered when painting an entire house - both inside and outside. Whilst painting the outside might initially seem to be the more dangerous and arduous job (think of scaffolding and VERY high ladders for multi-storey homes, for instance) it is also, to some extent, the simpler of the two. Interior painting involves a lot more than simply getting the paint onto the walls, washing your rollers and brushes, and walking away. It is extremely time-consuming, even considering that interior painting can be carried out one room at a time if you do it yourself. Even so, the smell of paint and the disruption to the household can become overwhelming and tedious if it goes on for too long.
Painting the interior of a house involves a great deal of pre-preparation work before the paint tins are even opened. Most of the work when painting involves preparing the surface for a durable and appealing end result.
Let’s look at just a few of the steps involved :
Perhaps you are one of those very individualistic people who want walls which showcase your own unique style in a specific manner. Perhaps you want a feature wall with a pattern of chevron stripes or specific paint effects such as ragging, colour-washing, ombre-walls (usually used where two colours are blended over the entire wall from top to bottom to form a gentle colour change from, say, green to yellow or grey to pink). Some paint techniques can imitate wood grain, and are extremely effective without going to the cost of actually installing wooden panelling. Many years ago, mathematician friends of mine had a feature wall in their living room which depicted a spiked graph painted in three different colours. They had this professionally done as the lines had to be clean, straight and accurate. Because it was a skilled and professional job, it was striking and extremely eye-catching, rather than being a potential eye-sore.
As with general painters, specialist interior painters advertise their services widely. You will find them through adverts placed in home magazines, home improvement catalogues, flyers, by visiting Home Expos, through talking to builders and interior designers and looking in newspapers and the Yellow Pages. Using an online search engine is probably the easiest way to find the right interior painter for your needs, and in this respect Uptasker is one of the most convenient and quickest search sites available. Uptasker lists in geographical areas, which is perfect for those not wanting to waste time searching the whole of South Africa to find a local painter, and the site also provides online ratings and customer reviews. Where it is possible, try and use word of mouth referrals, especially where you have seen examples of the interior painter’s work and are able to ask about factors such as adherence to time and budget constraints and overall quality of the service rendered.
Interior painting is fiddly and time-consuming work, and is definitely not for the faint-hearted! Apart from the actual time spent painting, there is the inevitable - and unavoidable - preparation work which has to be done before you even dip your brush into the paint. Many people simply do not have the time, the inclination or the energy to tackle the amount of pre-work involved. Whilst painting itself is fun - for a while, anyway - the hard graft beforehand is more of a deterrent than the build-up to an exciting and enjoyable project. You would be better advised to hire a professional interior painter and get on with other things which you actually enjoy. For more tips, see our interior painter articles.
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