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How to Choose a Professional Painter for Your Renovation

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So, you are doing a home renovation! That is exciting! (And probably slightly overwhelming at this particular moment in time.) Painting is always a significant component of a home renovation because there is nothing that has the ability to refresh and revitalize a space more than a fresh coat of paint.

However, you need to have a professional painter doing the work to guarantee that it doesn't look like a sloppy mess. Plus, correctly painting your home assists in defending it from the elements. While you may have considered DIY-ing it, that can take a very long time and can easily delay the rest of the renovations.

If you are looking for some tips to make sure that your walls are painted perfectly, read on to learn how to choose a professional painter for your renovation.

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1. Understand what your professional painting needs are.

While some people like to tackle painting jobs on their own, many homeowners recognize that professional painters have the skill and experience to do the work in the best manner.

Professional painters are able to paint all surfaces and ensure that they are prepped (for example, stripping wallpaper, sanding wood) before being worked on. They also will source and obtain materials and give you advice on colours and finishes (if you want it!).

If you are doing a home renovation, you may want to hire a professional painter for any and all of your interior and exterior painting jobs that you don't have the ability to do yourself.

Generally, painters charge by the surface area they are working on and the level of ability that is required. For this reason, it is crucial that you know what you want up front and where you want the work to be done. This will make the job run more efficiently and will save you money in the long run.

While you can potentially save some money by doing the painting on your own, hiring a professional painter will ensure that the project is done better and faster, preserving your precious time and energy to focus on other parts of the renovation and aspects of your life.

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2.  Know at what point in the renovation you will need professional painting services.

As you are doing a renovation, there are going to be plenty of other steps involved in your home makeover than just painting. For this reason, it is crucial to lay out a schedule of the phases of the project to ensure that you are doing everything in the appropriate order.

Many people preach that the painting step should always come first; however, this isn't necessarily the best option. If you are installing new carpeting, then you want to get the painting completed before, even though professional painters can take steps to protect the carpet.

However, if you are refinishing or installing new floors, you want to make sure they are completed before you hire a painter as the dust from the floors can easily stick to fresh paint. Similarly, you want to wait until after the remodelling is finished to bring out the paint cans because all the ripping out and installing that takes place can easily chip or damage your new wall paint.

Last but not least, you don't want to call in professional painters until you have an absolute idea of the vibe and style of the room. You need to know what colour you want the floors or walls to be and ensure that the paint works well with the furnishings and accessories that will be in the room.

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3. Ask around your neighbourhood for recommendations.

The best way to find a professional painter is through your network. If you know friends or family recently had painting work done in their homes, ask them about their experience with their painter and whether or not they would recommend them for you to use. Finding a painter this way is fantastic because you have the approval of their work and professionalism from someone you trust.

However, it isn't always possible to locate a painter in this way and, therefore, the Internet (your extended network of slightly less intimate friends and family) comes into play.

Search for the best professional painters in your area and read reviews about their skills and levels of professionalism. After all, the painters are going to be spending a decent amount of time in your home, so you want them to be friendly and trained as well as efficient with their time, and excellent painters.

Usually, professional painters will want to come to your home to determine your requirements and to produce an appraisal for the work that needs to be done. Don't choose a painter who merely writes up costs on a scrap of paper. Instead, you want to work with someone who provides you with a written contract and specifications that detail the reach of the project, the supplies they will utilize, and the amount of prep work for which they will be responsible.

When speaking with a professional painter, find one who works within your budget, accommodates the style and vibe of your home, and has specific expertise in the kinds of surfaces you need to be painted. To ensure that you are working with someone reliable and with experience, hire a professional painter who has been in business for at least two years.

Doing a home renovation can be an overwhelming undertaking, so it is crucial to hire workers who are going to get the job done on time and within budget — you certainly don't want to be hiring people who are making it more stressful than necessary.

To ensure that you get the best painter possible, spend some time on the above steps and do your research regarding potential options. Remember that you will often have to balance costs, schedules and quality, so weigh which is the most significant to you and then work from there.

Have you recently had a home renovation, or needed a professional painter? What was the process that you took to choose one? Let us know your tips and tricks in the comments below!

Author Bio

Ralph El Eid is the Business Development Manager at COLORTEK - Wall & Floor Fashion. EQUIPAINT is the franchise owner of COLORTEK in Dubai (U.A.E.) and Doha (Qatar); an international paints manufacturer specializing in the widest range of decorative paints and seamless concrete & resin flooring, with a unique showroom concept, and thus an ideal destination for homeowners, consultants, architects, interior designers and paint applicators.

Teaching an Old House New Tricks (or, Tips for Staying Safe While Renovating Old Houses)

Whether you’re buying a fixer-upper or revamping the home you’ve lived in for the last 25 years, there are some things you should take into consideration when kicking off any renovation project. Renovating a house into a home is an incredibly rewarding feeling, but older homes naturally require more attention to detail. To help make the process easier, we’ve come up with four important tips for staying safe while renovating properly.

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Be on the Lookout for Lead Paint

Repainting a few rooms around your home is a fairly easy and common renovation that can drastically change the look, feel and atmosphere of an entire house. Using light colours can create the illusion of more space in a room, and a good tip is to paint the trim and mouldings a lighter colour than the walls.

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While painting may not seem overly hazardous at first, it’s important to keep in mind that houses built before 1970 have a high probability of containing lead paint. Scraping or sanding down old paint without having a professional test it first may create dust and lead paint chips, which can linger and eventually cause lead poisoning. Houses built between 1970 and 1997 were allowed to contain lead paint toxins up to one percent,  so it’s not a bad idea to have those homes tested as well. In Australia, the recommended amount of lead in domestic paint has declined from 50% before 1965, to 1% in 1965, 0.25% in 1992, and 0.1% in 1997. (Read more about lead in house paint in Australia.)

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Check for Asbestos

Due to its high durability and fire resistant “miracle” properties, asbestos was commonly used in domestic buildings well into the 1980s. Before starting your renovation project, it would be a wonderful idea to hire a professional to test for asbestos. The toxin may be lurking in your home’s insulation, popcorn ceilings, walls, and flooring. Exposure to asbestos can lead to a rare type of cancer called mesothelioma, which has the potential to develop in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. (Read more about the Australian government's guide on asbestos.)

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Know the Importance of Ventilation

Proper ventilation is key to a healthy DIY home renovation, and the more fresh air the better! It’s a good idea to have your windows open at all times and to be cautious of indoor air quality. Working long periods of time without a break can be especially dangerous when working with paint. Any room lacking windows should have a standing fan set up to increase air circulation. If you start feeling lightheaded or dizzy, stop immediately and take a break. Wearing a face mask when working with paint, dust or any other types of particles can save you from potential breathing difficulties.

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Fix Outdated Plumbing

Plumbing problems are also typically common in older homes, and ones built before the 1960s often used galvanised piping. Houses with this type of piping often have a slower drain system and pipes tend to clog more frequently. The lifespan of galvanised pipes is said to be around 40 years, so if they haven’t been replaced already the time has already come! If you are going to replace old pipes, it is recommended you use PVC or copper piping. For a bunch of fun ways to improve the bathroom check out the bathroom, tapware and accessories page. You’ll find the best basins, tapware, floor wastes and more!

Renovating a home is a very special time no matter what stage of life you’re in, and following these simple tips will help you create the home you've always wanted. No one ever said you can’t make an old home feel new again, it just may take some extra time and care to do so.


About the Author

This article was contributed by the team at Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, which aims to raise awareness about "mesothelioma, a rare but preventable cancer, and advocate about the dangers of asbestos exposure in hopes of one day seeing a ban on this carcinogenic material worldwide."

Caro's Painting Tips For A Perfect Finish

Caro and Kingi stole Australian hearts from The Block in season 5. Today, they're ambassadors for Renovator Store, and Caro's dropped by our blog to give our readers tips for painting like a pro!

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Prep Work for Painting

  • Fill any holes or imperfections with spackle, wait for it to dry, and then lightly sand the patches. If you have a crack, you must first widen it slightly before spackling or the spackle will just sit on top.

  • Scrape away any peeling, cracked paint, and then sand the area smooth.


  • Clean the walls if they may be dirty (especially in a kitchen or bathroom), and always take a damp cloth to clean the dust off of trim and the tops of doorways.

  • Use paintable caulk to fill any gaps between the walls and trim before painting the trim. Fill any dings and divots in the wood with wood putty, wait for it to dry, then sand smooth.

  • When in doubt, prime. Using a primer can hide dark colors, block stains, and help your new paint job last longer. It’s also a must when painting exposed woodwork, and there are many primers that adhere to glossy surfaces (allowing you to skip sanding first).

  • Stir your paint before you begin, and don’t paint straight from the can. Obviously you would pour the paint into a roller tray if you were about to use a roller, but consider using a small bowl when painting with a brush. It’s easier to hold, and decanting paint will keep the can free of the impurities (dust, wood particles, etc.) that your brush may pick up as you work.

  • If you want to use tape, buy painter’s tape (it’s usually blue or green, and marked as such). Apply it in short, overlapping strips, and press down firmly along the edge to ensure a crisp line.

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Painting Techniques

  • Keep a wet edge, and always paint from dry to wet. This will minimize brush strokes and roller marks.

  • Taping is optional, especially if you have a reasonably steady hand. Using an angle brush, start slightly away from the edge and then curve in to meet it. This will help you avoid leaving a big blob of paint where you begin.

  • Holding the brush the narrow way (not the way you would naturally hold it) makes it easier to get a crisp line when painting trim.

  • Painting a room is best accomplished by first cutting in (painting along the trim, ceiling, and corners) with a brush. After that has dried, you can go in with a roller for the walls.

  • Wet your brush and then blot out most of the water before you begin. This will help to keep paint from creeping up into the ferrule (the metal part where the bristles are attached) and save your brush.

  • Only dip your brush about a half or quarter of an inch into the paint, then wipe off one side on the edge of the paint container. This will help you avoid paint runs (from using too much) and keep your brush in good condition.

  • Paint in long, continuous strokes. Not doing so is one of the most common mistakes.

  • When painting with a roller, aim for covering a three foot wide section at a time. I typically go from the ceiling to a midway point, load more paint, and then go from the midway point down to the floor. Then I move left or right to the next section, always remembering to keep a wet edge and working from dry to wet.

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  • When painting with a brush, don’t dab the paint on or move in a short back and forth motion. You can paint with the brush left and right (or up and down) to get the paint on, but then take one long finishing stroke from the dry side and tapering off into the wet edge.

  • Put on a second coat. Your paint job may look OK after just one, but it will look better after two. If you’re using a dark or vivid color, you may even need three (or more) coats.

  • Let your paint fully dry between coats. The paint can should tell you how long to wait.Want more Caro & Kingi wisdom? Check them out here:

Easy DIY Renovation Projects

Got something that needs fixing in the house, but not sure you want to fork out money to pay for it? Try these easy DIY Renovation Projects that'll help you save on labor costs and the mark-up contractors charge for materials. You'll be surprised by the simplicity and oh so pleased with the final product.


Fixing Kitchen Cabinets

Option 1: Refinish existing cabinet doors. This can be done by through use of paint, stain or laminate.
Option 2: Reface cabinets. This involves putting new doors on existing kitchen boxes. Hint: Before ordering the whole set purchase one door and one drawer to check the dimensions and the overall look.


Install New Cabinet Handles 

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This ones super simple. All you have to do is select, purchase and then install! To make a huge aesthetic improvement in your house replace wooden ones with modern stainless steel ones. Alternatively swap plain glass handles for brighter coloured glass knobs.


Install Feature Lighting


These Feature lights are super simple to do yourself as they simple attach to the existing downlight fixture! Its a quick and easy way to bring style and ambience into a room.


Insulate the Attic and Other Energy-Sucking Areas


1. Caulk around windows and spaces between the floor and baseboards to prevent heat escaping.
2. Service your furnace so its working in top shape. You want it to be producing the most heat at the lowest cost obviously!
3. Insulate pipes with pipe insulation wrap and duct tape to reduce heat loss (depicted above)
4. Buy a “draft guard” for the bottoms of your doors (a cheap fix from $10 per door) so wind or heat doesn’t slip through.


Tile the Bathroom Floor or Kitchen Backsplash


This one is a little trickier -- but very rewarding. Start off by making sure your surface is flat and dry, like a cement or plywood subfloor, an even wall or a tiled surface you want to cover with new tiles. Apply cement in an even layer  and lay tiles over the top. Always remember to use spacers in order to achieve an even arrangement of tiles.


Replace Faucets and Fixtures


A new, modern faucet can make a sink in your kitchen or bathroom look brand new again. As long as the new fixtures don’t require a smaller hole in the furniture or sink than the one that’s already there, it’s an easy upgrade. Try this cosmopolitan matte black tap ware for a bold and striking upgrade.




Its obvious, I know, but a simple coat of paint has the power to change the entire look of a room. You could repaint your entire room, or you could simply try out a feature wall. Even just repainting window and door frames can uplift the look and feel of a house!

So go on and try some of these super easy DIY renovation projects!

Home Renovation Tips: 5 Secrets For Painting Like A Pro

Interior painting is one of the easiest and most preferred DIY projects. It is a quick and affordable way to freshen up your home, without needing any particular training. Of course, the professionals have the benefit of experience, but this doesn’t mean you can’t achieve professional results.

In theory, there is not much that can go wrong. However in reality, you are just one brush away from a disaster. Some of you might found the hard way that this seemingly breezy project can turn into a nightmare of spilled paint and endless cleaning.

Home Renovation Tips. 5 Secrets For Painting Like A Pro
Prep the Surface

Preparing the surface on which you are going to work is crucial for successful interior painting. You need to scrape, smooth, patch and repair each hole, dent, crack or other imperfection on the wall. This is not the most fun part of the process, but it’s necessary. It doesn’t matter what type, consistency or colour is the paint. It will not hide the flaws or replace this step.

Prime the Walls

In general, using primer on the surface is mandatory when dealing with bare drywell or when painting over a darker colour. But you can apply it on any project. There are several benefits to priming the surface. First, it stops the stains from penetrating through the walls and it allows applying only one paint coat. Most importantly, the primer makes the walls less prone to blistering and expands the life of the topcoat. The professionals also use the ingredient to enhance the coverage of the paint. The primer is tinted with a small amount of the topcoat painting. Be sure that both the topcoat and the primer have the same base (latex or oil).

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Canvas over Plastic

Save yourself the drama of cleaning the paint on your floor or furniture. Hire a professional and reliable cleaning help or replace the cheap plastic drop cloths with canvas ones. These are stronger and more durable. Canvases can also absorb the paint quickly and are easy to store. Unlike their plastic counterparts, they are not slippery and can be reused countless times.

Get the Right Equipment

Forget about the heavy and uncomfortable ladder. Why making it hard on yourself when there are far more convenient ways. Instead, invest in a telescoping extension pole for the paint roller. They come in different sizes, which makes them appropriate for almost any paint task. Pick extension poles that have rigid metal core and nonslip, soft rubber grip. The plastic handles are hard to control.
Ideally, you need as much paint on your brush as you can use without spattering. The last thing you want to do is clean up paint spills. Avoid the mess by getting a paint grid, instead of a tray. This is a simple rectangular metal or plastic screen that is attached to the bucket’s rim. The grid helps remove the excess paint.

Painting Techniques

The secret to streak – free interior painting is to preserve a wet edge. The paint should blend with the already treated areas without shadow lines. Start from the top and roll your way to the bottom. Prevent the roller tracks by applying more pressure on the unsupported side of the roller. You can avert the brush marks by adding some paint extender into the paint.

Want to update your home’s decor? Grab the brush and the paint cans and get a going!

Painting Kitchen Cabinets Tips

Hiring a professional to paint your kitchen cabinets is definitely a smart thing to do, but where’s the fun in that? If you’re feeling adventurous and you fancy yourself a DIY person, they there’s no better way of painting your cabinets by yourself.

If you haven’t done this before, let us give you a few tips on painting kitchen cabinets that could pass as professional work.

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Set Aside Hardware

There should be a few important steps before you actually paint your cabinets. First among them is to strip away the cabinet doors and every other hardware attached or inside your cabinets. This will give you more room to work with and a smoother painting experience.

It is best if you do your cabinets one by one so you won’t get your doors and hardware mixed up. If you want to work on everything at once, the least you could do is put labels on everything because there’s nothing more frustrating that figuring out how to back together your cabinets after you’re done painting them.

Rough Up the Original Finish

Using sand paper manually or an electric sander to rough up the surface of your cabinets is necessary to give the surface more adhesion. Paint will have a hard time sticking to your cabinets if there’s a lot of grease and dirt in there, so make sure you rough it all up before applying paint. You don’t have to completely strip them off of their previous coat -- just enough to to make them more friendly with a fresh coat of paint.

Prime Time

Actually, before applying the paint, there’s one more thing you need to do: apply primer. This will allow the new paint to adhere properly and give your cabinets a professional look and feel. It is always best to verify your primer and paint will adhere to the existing surface - just take a cupboard door down to your paint shop.  Just follow the wood grain with your foam brush then leave it for at least an hour.   Following the grain produces a smoother finish.

Paint It

Once your primer has settled on your cabinets, it’s time to paint. You can either use oil-based or water-based paint on wood kitchen cabinets. It’s all up to you. Do note that water-based paint leave brush marks, so if you don’t want that kind of character on your cabinets, stick with oil-based paint. Remember to keep your work area well ventilated so you won’t get sick of the fumes. When you’re done, wait at least 24 hours before putting back your doors, cabinet handles, and other hardware.  Its amazing how you can modernise and refresh your kitchen with a change of cabinet handles too!


Aside from being a fun project to do, painting your kitchen cabinets is a fun activity that will give you the ability to express yourself with the look of your kitchen without spending a lot of money. Just keep these tips in mind and you’ll be on your way to producing newly painted kitchen cabinets that will last for a very long time.

photo by Jeanne Michelle Smith