This week we wanted to talk about some easy DIY projects that can help you style your room and home once the house painters in North Shore have been.
Usually, we are talking about all things painting which is obviously what we are about being a painting company and all but we are going to expand a bit on how you can complement your newly painted walls and home.
Displaying your photos once the house painters North Shore have been
Photo ledge with Magnolia
This great DIY photo ledge would look great in any room.
It’s a great twist to a standard photo wall or gallery.
If wood stain doesn’t fit your style or room décor then you could always paint it to what would complement and work.
The size you make it can depend on the space you wish to feature it and how many photos you want to feature.
If you have a large wall you could even look at doing 2 or 3 smaller length ledges and then stagger them on the wall to create a real feature/display with some wow factor as pictuerd below.
DIY Projects for the kid’s rooms
DIY Kids Hammock with A Beautiful Mess
What child wouldn’t want a cool hammock in their room?
You can match the material to suit the child’s newly painted walls, their age, likes and other décor in their room.
You could use patterned material/canvas or take it a step further and decorate your fabric/canvas yourselves.
Just follow their application instructions as they vary depending on what you use.
Also, check in with your local hardware store for any assistance with how to secure your hammock to your ceiling or overhead beam.
This DIY hammock would be perfect as a:
- Little reading nook in the corner of your child’s bedroom
- Study break hang out for an older child
- Retreat for little or big artists to lay back and let their imagination run away with them as they lay back while they swing and create.
There’s minimal sewing involved in this project which is perfect if your skillset doesn’t lie in that area and you can find detailed instructions at A Beautiful Mess.
Painting furniture: How to
A lot of the same rules apply when painting furniture as to painting walls.
Preparation is everything!
Step 1: Preparation
As we said above preparation is everything.
Do get longevity and a professional finish from your painted furniture project then how you prepare your piece is everything.
Remove any handles or hardware items.
Then clean and sand away any loose or peeling paint.
Don’t forget to clean out the inside of your project too.
Step 2: Sand
Then you need to sand back your piece of furniture to remove any glossy finish or smooth over any rough sections/pieces.
If you are painting then you don’t need to take it all the way back to its original finish.
Just sand until you have removed any glossy finish or if you are lucky and your piece has a dull finish then you can skip this step.
If you are staining the piece though you will need to take it back to the wood and remove all traces of the original stain/paint.
Step 3: Patch
Take this opportunity to fill any small holes, etc with a wood filler if you wish.
Or if you prefer the worn, distressed look then leave your piece as is.
Step 4: Prime
If you are painting then a coat of primer does wonders.
It helps your paint to adhere to the piece better and covers any colour imperfections in the wood.
Step 5: More sanding
Once primed run over your piece with a fine grit sandpaper.
Check your primer paint pot for instructions on what grit to use.
It’s a good idea to do this between each coat of paint too as you obtain a more professional finish when you are done.
Again, just check your paint pot for what grit sand paper to use.
Remove any dust in between paint coats too with a soft cloth.
After all your hard work, you don’t want your paint finish ruined by stray dust and dirt.
Step 6: Paint
Now it’s time to paint.
Check with your local hardware store as to what type of paint is best to use on your piece.
It will vary depending on what the piece will be used for.
- Does it need to survive general wear and tear
- Is it a display piece?
- Will it be exposed to the elements at all?
Don’t forget to give your piece a light sand in between coats to get the ultimate professional finish.
You could even speak to your hardware store about spray paint options too to avoid brush strokes.
Step 7: Seal
Once you have finished painting your project it’s time to seal it.
Speak to your hardware store about what is best to use based on what products you have used.
You not even need to seal depending on what products you have used for painting or staining so do talk to your local hardware store.
Inspired for the house painters, North Shore to return?
Are you inspired to do some DIY projects around your home to add some final styling touches?
Or are you inspired to have the house painters back and have some more rooms painted or the exterior of your home painted?
We can do it all and would be happy to discuss your next house painting project with you?
Call us now or contact us via email to arrange.
We look forward to hearing from you.
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