The Four P’s Of DIY House Painting

Do you plan on getting an extra coat on your aging home this summer?

Firstly, the hot weather can be difficult to paint in. Before you get to painting you must consider where you’re going to start, what you need to do to prep your room and envision what you’re home is going to look like after the work is completed.

Here are our top 5 do it yourself painting tips.


Picture What You Want Your Room To Look Like

You’re going to need to know exactly what you want your dream room to look like. In terms of meshing painting and design, it can be difficult. You can definitely do it yourself through the comparison and contrast of different homes in interior design magazines. Otherwise, you can get the professionals in, now this isn’t doing it yourself per se but it will definitely assist you in getting that more finished look. Hare Klein is award winning for interior design in Sydney and they may be your best bet on where to start on what your ideal room should or could look like.

Once you’ve envisioned what you want your ideal room to look like you’ll need to purchase the paint.

Purchase your paint! 

Purchasing paint requires it’s own guide in itself. Rest assured, we’ll be making a blog post on how to purchase paint and the differences between gloss, enamel, natural paints, satin, flat and low sheen paints. For the sake of simplicity, you should gauge how much paint is necessary for your room. You’ll need an undercoat and the main coat. You can always go to your local Dulux store and get a recommendation from the staff on how much paint would be necessary for this instance. In doing so, you won’t waste money on purchasing too much paint and you’ll have the gold standard’s recommendation on how much paint is right for your room.

Once you’ve purchased your paint and have an idea as to what you want your painted room to look like, you now need to prepare the room for painting.

Prep Your Painting Room

Prepping your room for the job means laying it bare. It can be challenging for the novice but with these simple tips, you’ll be painting in no time.

  • Clear The Room

    You need to have bare room to be ready for your work, so that means clearing your room of all furniture, paintings, clutter and lights. It’s also better if there isn’t much carpet in the room you plan to have cleaned. This prevents accidental spillings, assures that you won’t need to have a carpet or upholstery cleaner come in and you can rest easy knowing that you won’t ruin any of your belongings with paint.

  • Give The Room A Thorough Clean

    Once you’ve cleared the room you need to give the room a thorough clean. That means a vacuum, mop, and thorough wipe down of all hard areas (including walls). If you’re not bothered with the cleaning and you’re in Sydney, you could hire a reputable cleaning company to do it for you, if you’re in Melbourne, try Maidtoclean.

  • Protect All Woodwork And Light fixtures With Tape

    So you’ve laid down all your coverings and given the room a thorough clean, the last step in prepping your room for a paint is to protect all woodwork and light switches with a good quality tape to make sure you don’t ruin any permanent fixtures.


You’re now ready to paint, off you go, there are best practices to for painting your room. You’ve got your paint but you still need advice on the best equipment. Equipment like long paint extension rollers will mean that you won’t need a step-ladder, dip your extension roller into your paint tray and start from top to bottom.

This isn’t an extensive guide, subscribe for more updates where we go more in depth. DIY painting can be an arduous and tedious task at the best of times. If you don’t feel confident there’s always Paintmates!

Karen Saunders

Karen Saunders

Karen Saunders is the content marketing manager at PaintMates. With extensive experience in the home and garden space. Karen researches and writes about home improvement.

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