How to Save Money with DIY Painting

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Writing today’s guest post is Phillip Rudy, proprietor of Painting Contractor USA, a US nationwide service for sourcing painting contractors of all kinds.  But, even Phillip says that in a time when money is tight, sometimes it’s better to consider doing the work yourself.

So, in this post, Phillip talks about how to get started and how to get the results you’re looking for when you’re doing your own painting.


Renovating your home doesn’t have to be an expensive process if you do the work yourself. Often times, homeowners find that they can cut down the cost of adding a new coat of paint to their house by deciding to do the work themselves.

Of course, for any dangerous or difficult paint jobs a professional painting contractor is recommended, but for easy do-it-yourself projects, there are a few ways you can save money.

Find Cheap Paint
The biggest cost of a DIY painting job is the cost of the paint itself because you are not buying paint in such a volume that makes it cheap, which is why a painting contractor can make money because they buy their paint in bulk. While you will need the right type of paint that is appropriate for the area you are painting, you can often trim some money off of the cost of the paint itself.

Many home improvement stores will sell mistinted paint. This is usually paint that was specially mixed, but was not the right shade or texture. You can often find poorly tinted paint in the colors you want being sold for much cheaper than having the paint specially mixed.

Another way to save money on the cost of paint is to purchase it from a recycling center. Many times, recycling centers will accept donations of extra paint from construction companies or from other homeowners. These recycled paints are often considerably cheaper than buying brand new paint and occasionally you can even obtain free paint this way.

Don’t Be Afraid to Make the Investment
The thing about renovating your home is that it never seems to stop. Once you have one room painted you might move onto the next or accidents and wear might have you applying a touch up down the line. One way to save money with DIY painting is to invest in the right equipment, so that when it comes time to paint again you don’t have to worry about the costs of your materials.

You can often get several uses out of one can of paint, so when you have leftovers make sure the cans are properly sealed and stored. One way to ensure this is to keep the paint cans upside down to create a seal over the opening. Paint should be stored inside so that it does not freeze in the winter.

Invest in some nice paint brushes and rollers that will give you multiple uses. Cheaper brushes have the tendency to fall apart after too many uses. When not using brushes, you can store them inside of plastic grocery bags and keep them refrigerated to prevent the bristles from drying out. This will allow you to resume painting later without having to clean out your brushes.

You can also use a plastic bag to line the bottom of your rolling pan. This makes for an easier cleanup and gives you more uses out of a single paint pan. You should also buy cloth sheets to lay down instead of plastic as cloth sheets can be reused multiple times. You can find sheets at your local thrift store for next to nothing.


Thanks, Phillip!

For bigger jobs, be sure to visit Painting Contractor USA for more information and estimates.



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