How to Remodel a Room Without Breaking the Bank - Home Decorating & Painting Advice

How to Remodel a Room Without Breaking the Bank

Q: How do I remodel a room without spending a ton of money?

A: Give your home the makeover it deserves without putting a hole in your wallet. Remodeling can get expensive, however adding a fresh coat of paint to your room can make a huge change and still fit your budget.

Choose the Perfect Color

Choosing the perfect color is the key to livening up a space. If you want to make your small space feel light and airy, go for a lighter color like Delicate White. A dark, more saturated color like Tattle Tail tends to make walls feel closer if you are going for a cozy feel. Neutrals, like Toasted Almond, are good for rooms where you do a lot of entertaining like a living or dining room. Save your favorite color for a personal space like a bedroom.

Remove Everything

The first thing you need to do is remove everything from the room you are painting. You don’t want to risk getting paint on your expensive couch, or trip over one of the kids' toys. Take off all pictures from the walls, curtains, and other décor. For objects in a room that are more difficult to remove, like kitchen appliances, try to pull them away from the wall and cover them with a drop cloth.  

Fix Surfaces

In order for your paint job to look consistent, you must start with a surface that is even and smooth. That means that you must patch holes and fill in cracks before you begin. This will give you a good, level surface to start with.

To Tape or Not To Tape

Professional painters debate on the best method for painting close to adjoining surfaces. Painter's tape has its pros and cons. Sometimes paint can bleed beneath the tape. Sometimes it can dry over the top of the tape and create a jagged edge when the tape is pulled up. Pros use a method called “cutting in” for painting near adjoining surfaces. An angled brush may be helpful in successfully executing this technique. If you can master “cutting in,” then you do not need tape. If you are not experienced with the technique, tape is a good choice. If you are remodeling your bathroom, tape can be used to hold paper or plastic in place to protect your fixtures. Using tape to help cover fixtures and appliances are also important for kitchen remodeling projects.

The Right Tools For Your Project

Having the right tools are just as important as having the right technique to get the job done. For oil based paints, professionals recommend using a brush with natural bristles. Synthetic bristles are good for just about everything else. When covering a broad area, use a roller. When working in small spaces, such as a bathroom, a short-handled brush or a mini roller may be useful.

When you are looking to refresh your home, painting is the way to go. Following the best remodeling tips and doing the work yourself can save you a lot of money. Best of all, you will have a beautiful new space to enjoy.

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