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The Importance of Putting the Right Finishing Touches to Your DIY Project

When you have your DIY project coming to a close, and you are just finishing off those last little touches before you get your furniture back in and dress it up to look like a show home, you have to make sure that you are getting the right look, for what it is you are aiming to achieve.

Protecting your results

When you are carrying out your final touches to your walls and skirting, it is important to be aware of accidents that can happen, which will set your project back by miles and be very frustrating. It is very prudent to prepare yourself so that if these accidents should happen, they will not cause as much damage as they potentially could.

Take a look at somewhere like Tradefix Direct to see the floor protection options on offer for your project. Making sure that you cover any flooring with plastic sheeting to protect against paint spillage, as there is nothing more frustrating than getting to the end of the job and then ruining your lovely hardwood flooring by knocking over a paint pot. Also, ensure you mask up areas that you do not want to be painted, as this can save you time when trying to clean up and will give you a much more professional finish to your room.

Choosing between paper and paint for your walls

It can sometimes seem like a difficult choice. Painted walls can look bland, but papered walls could get damaged or ripped or just look ‘too much’ if the pattern is overwhelming. However, there are other things which can be done to make a painted wall look so much more interesting.

There are stencils that can be used either as a border or spotted across a painted wall. There are also painting rollers – though you will probably have to practice getting the pressure right when using these as you may get smudging or overloading of paint. There are also transfers available, patterns, pictures, and sayings alike which can be put in certain areas of your wall to draw the eye and provide a conversational piece. So, a painted wall need not be as boring as you think.

When it comes to papering, it may be an idea to paper just one wall or maybe two so that there is a cozy feel, but it is not too in your face or overpowering. If you are choosing to paper, be aware of the size of the pattern. A large pattern is not a good match for a small room, whereas a small pattern could look too busy in a large room.

Final thoughts

When completing your DIY project, it is important to spend time thinking of what look it is you are aiming to achieve. Jobs such as changing paintwork colors may not take that long should you get it wrong. However, changing flooring due to lack of care or planning can set your project back days and can be very expensive if you do not have the correct insurance and be a much larger task than you have budgeted for. Whereas changing your mind about wallpaper patterns once it is up and on the wall can just be downright annoying.

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