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DIY Vs hiring a decorator… Which one are you?

I made the spontaneous decision to paint my room at the weekend. Okay, that’s a lie, I’ve been thinking about it for a while, but I’ve been umm’ing and arr’ing about whether or not to hire a professional decorator.

Lazy, shameful (hangs head in shame) I know, but I’ve
been blessed with a huge room, which is great in all other circumstances, but not when it comes to redecorating. The thought of singlehandedly using that roller to make backward and forward movements against the four walls all day long pained me, it really did.

But I decided to grit my teeth and give it a go, what’s the worst that could happen? It might even be fun?

I convinced my sister and friend to join in the fun, with the promise of bacon butties and a treat in the afternoon; so the three of us embarked upon the painting journey, with the hope of making it to the other side unscarred.

And we did… not a single tear, tantrum or tornado entered the room. In fact, it all ran a little too smoothly for my liking, but hey, that’s sometimes how it goes.

So as you can imagine, I now have a new found love for DIY home decorating. I’m embracing my inner Grand Designs and encouraging others to do so!

DIY painting is great as it means you can make the mistakes and there’s only you to blame. I tested my colour first and it looked perfect, however I soon learnt there’s a big difference between a small colour test and the whole room; the colour looked VERY different once it was completed. I still loved it don’t get me wrong, but it did look different! I would definitely have tried to blame this on the decorator had I simply picked the colour and walked in the room to find it was different. Oops!

I am ridiculously fussy. In every aspect of my life, and although I like to think of this as a positive, it’s also a massive negative! Doing a job myself means I can see what’s happening, watch the process and weigh everything up; some may call this trust issues!

It’s enjoyable! Well the first day or two, and then it does become quite tedious. But if you’re lucky enough to rely on friends and family to help, you’ll have it done in no time. It’s a chance to socialise in a fun setting, get dressed in slobby clothes (or a full body suit in my case!!) and get stuck in. As with most things in life, I can’t tell you how satisfying the end result is.

And finally, it’s cheap!! Isn’t that what every young homeowner wants to hear?! B&Q do some greats offers on paint, and I went to Poundland for my painting gear – it may not be ultra glam, but it did the job.

So before hiring a decorator, because the THOUGHT of painting is too much; stop and have a little think…

Here’s my painting checklist to help you decide:

  • Paint (you never know!)
  • Rollers
  • Pack of different sized brushes
  • Dust sheets or simply old bed sheets you don’t use anymore
  • Ladders
  • Masking tape
  • Radio
  • A bottle of wine for when it’s finished!



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