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With spring upon us, you might be getting the itch to spruce up your home and give it a new lease of life. Busy summer months are fast approaching, so now is the perfect time to get your house ready and tick off all the chores on your to-do list.


Avoiding Decorating Disasters

With spring upon us, you might be getting the itch to spruce up your home and give it a new lease of life. Busy summer months are fast approaching, so now is the perfect time to get your house ready and tick off all the chores on your to-do list. Decorating yourself can be cheaper and quicker, but the last thing you want is a decorating disaster. Check out our tips below to make sure you are fully prepared and ready to tackle painting at home.

Quality

We are always looking for ways to save money. But when it comes to paints, quality is more important than cost. Cheaper paints typically have a lower opacity, meaning that it will take several coats before your wall is fully covered. Avoid this by investing in top quality products like Crown Trade paints, a premium and trusted manufacturer with hundreds of years of experience in providing high quality, robust paints.

Colours

Getting the right colour can take time, but it is worth the investment. You don't want to go to the effort and expense of decorating only to realise afterwards that you actually hate the colour! We stock a vast range of shades online with matt, silk and gloss finishes – from pastel pinks to earthy greens and everything in between, you are sure to find the perfect match for your home at our online store.

Preperation

Preparation is key when it comes to decorating. Painting can be challenging on its own, but when you add furniture and carpets into the mix things become even trickier! Move as much furniture away from your walls as possible and make sure you have enough dust sheets to cover any areas you don't want paint splashing on. Masking tape is an absolute must to line up your walls, ideally low tack to prevent any damage and to give you more freedom for repositioning. Depending on what is already on the wall, you may also need to sand it and clean it with sugar soap and a sponge. If you are unsure what type of finish is on there, it's best to be on the safe side and do this anyway.

Tools

They say a poor workman always blames his tools, but where decorating is concerned, the importance of tools cannot be overstated! Make sure you have everything you need before you start painting – you don't want to be halfway through cutting in and realise that one size brush may not be enough, or the old roller you have is falling apart. Invest in top quality tools that are built to last and guarantee a professional finish, and make sure you have plenty of brushes in different sizes and shapes to get to those difficult spots.

Primers and Undercoats

Primers and undercoats are the best way to ensure smooth, even coverage for your walls. Primer seals the surface and smooths and cleans the area before applying the undercoat, which helps to cover any imperfections, protect the surface and provide even coverage. This process is useful for any wall, but particularly for anywhere glossy, stained or odorous, and for anywhere undergoing a drastic colour change.