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DIY Essentials: Ultimate Makeover Kit

DIY Essentials: Ultimate Makeover Kit

How many products do you actually need to complete a DIY project? Have you ever thought about that? Or better yet – is it possible to compile a bulletproof, complete list of essentials? Just think about it – one visit to a paint store and you’re all set – whatever project you’re about to start working on.

Now that’s a tall order – and quite a challenge. As always custom-made is the best solution. After, all it fits perfectly. That’s because it was made specifically for you or your setup. But you can still get pretty close. The major issue here is that the variety of surface types we have in our homes is quite extensive. It also seems to be growing and shows no signs of stopping. And ultimately, that’s what’s going to determine the specific products required to deal with either a comprehensive makeover or routine maintenance.

Surface Tension

Sure, every house is different… But is it though? There’s a finite number of things we can do in terms of layout and architectural structure, so typically we just go for relatively affordable and battle-tested solutions. For that reason, it’s safe to assume everyone’s dealing with similar surfaces as well, like:

  • Walls: Interior walls made of drywall, plaster, and others.
  • Ceilings: Typically made of drywall, but may also include textured or decorative finishes.
  • Floors: Various types such as hardwood, tile, laminate, carpet, or vinyl.
  • Doors: Wooden, metal, or glass doors found throughout the home.
  • Windows: Glass windows with frames made of wood, vinyl, or metal.
  • Cabinets: Kitchen and bathroom cabinets made of wood, laminate, or other materials.
  • Countertops: Surfaces in kitchens and bathrooms made of granite, quartz, laminate, and more.
  • Trim and Moulding: Wooden or composite trim around doors, windows, and baseboards.
  • Furniture: Wooden, upholstered, or metal furniture pieces.
  • Exterior Surfaces: Siding, brick, stucco, concrete - and many, many more.

Of course, we’re only scratching the surface here - in, fact, there are many other types of both materials and surfaces we can incorporate into our houses. Be that as it may, here’s what you need to make it all happen.

Maverick Roller Kit

Tool Essentials

The first category is all the things that are necessary to complete our project, no matter how big or small, apart from the actual painting supplies. So - tools, accessories and more. Let’s start with the basics – rollers and brushes.

Let’s Paint a Picture

You’ll need a quality roller frame and a corresponding set of covers with different naps. Generally speaking, there are two main frame sizes and ideally, you should have both. You can probably get away with getting just one but pay attention to quality – ball bearings, soft handle and threaded end. A threaded end roller is necessary to attach an extension pole, and if you’re not 7 feet tall, chances are - you’re going to need it. That’s how you handle large surface areas.

Now the details – trims, moulding, cutting-in and edges. For that, you’ll need a paintbrush. As a matter of fact, it’s best to get a whole set with different sizes to make sure you’ve got every nook and cranny covered. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous you may want to try out some textured finishes.

This item is not exactly essential but it can be, depending on the situation. It’s an airless paint sprayer. Perfect choice for fences, doors and plenty of other exterior surfaces and large areas – especially when time is of the essence. It provides smooth operation, equal distribution of paint and easy handling.

Surgical Precision

We’ve already mentioned cutting-in, trim and edges (you can find more on that in our dedicated guides and articles). But there’s one more thing you’ll need to get everything right – it’s masking tape or painter's tape. Whichever one you choose, it’s definitely a must-have. If you’re looking for a little bit more versatility, consider multi-purpose Scotch tape.

Keeping Things Clean

This group of products is extremely important – this is how you make sure your house is as clean as possible during this already messy endeavour that is painting a room.

You’re definitely not going to regret getting a plastic bucket. It’ll just make life (and painting) so much easier. You can take as much or as little paint as you like and need. That means more mobility and convenience. Off-season, you can also use it to store your tools or painting accessories.

Next up, drop sheet. This is your protection against any paint spillage, splashing and unfortunate accidents. That’s how you keep paint where you want it – while other surfaces are safe and clean. Top-of-the-line models are made of heavy-duty cotton canvas, others are plastic. Dulux Wash&Wear

Finding Your Type

As you already know, a good understanding of different materials around your house is key. But you should also know what paint types are out there to get the look you want! We narrowed it down to a few recommendations that will help you deal with most surfaces.

Let’s start with something a bit more original. Something that will add a touch of flair or quirkiness to your furniture or as a feature wall - chalkboard paint. There’s just so much charm about that chalky finish!

Next up, we’ve got enamel paint as an alternative or addition to the first suggestion. It provides that hard-wearing, durable and glossy finish to various surfaces. Although typically used for trims, doors and floors (both interior and exterior), most types are also suitable for metal, glass, and even ceramic.

Then, you’ve got your main paints for interior use to get your walls and ceilings done – acrylic, latex and oil-based. There are quite a few different sheen levels designed to work in specific rooms.

You’ll also probably need something to keep your driveway looking fresh. For this purpose, we recommend Dulux concrete paint with a special etch and primer to prepare the surface in the best way possible. It’s reliable, effective and durable. Don’t forget to treat it with concrete sealer first.

Stacking paint might sound like overkill, but honestly, it’s unlikely to go bad for the next 10 to 15 years if it’s unopened. If it is, then you’ve got a good 1-2 years in most cases.

Let’s not forget about the king of natural materials - timber. While it’s typically a staple in any home one way or another, on average, most of us use it either for fences or decks. So, let’s focus on that. If you want it to look as natural as possible while getting the best protection at the same time, then invest in a quality decking oil. Some can darken the natural colour of the wood and bring out the grain, giving it this nice and fresh look.

Porter's Paint

True Colours

There’s no accounting for taste – sure. But what if some types are well-received by a wide range of audiences? It just makes sense to mention them, especially if these colours are versatile and can be easily coordinated!

It’s best to go for reliable brands, like Dulux or Porter's Paint. And a lot of people do – that’s why most paint colours on this list are made by these manufacturers.

Monument Colour Guard from the Weathershield collection is a fan-favourite for exterior applications thanks to superior fade-resistance properties. Let’s not forget chic and extremely durable charcoal grey – a perfect choice for modern and traditional houses alike.

If you like a lighter shade of grey, especially for touch-ups and smaller accents, and value, convenience and versatility – this next product is perfect for you. Works great on timber, metal and most plastic surfaces – it’s Dulux Tranquil Retreat. Quick-drying, long-lasting and drop-dead gorgeous – both for interior and exterior use.

Now let’s look at the other end of the spectrum with Dulux Antique White USA, a warm, off-white version that can be a perfect counterbalance to darker hues or an ideal choice for most rooms around the house on its own. Special Wash&Wear technology makes cleaning a walk in the park.

You can get the exact same value and similar vibes with an even lighter finish if you go for Dulux Natural White. This is the most delicate and subtle hue among warm whites.

But if you prefer more traditional shades, then you simply can’t go wrong with the legendary Lexicon Quarter. It’s cool, it’s fresh, it’s vibrant. And the best part is you can effortlessly coordinate it with the warmer whites and greys we mentioned before. Walls, trims, doorways – you name it; Dulux Lexicon Quarter does it all.

Handle With Care

There’s preparing and painting, and there’s showing respect for your work. How? By treating and taking proper care of what you’ve managed to create. Yes, unfortunately, because of the little thing called wear and tear, things deteriorate. They fade away – and get ruined. That’s how time works and there’s nothing we can do about it.

Except, of course, slowing down its influence. But how can we do that?

Intergrain Ultradeck Timber Oil

Out of the Woods

Timber requires very special care if we want to keep it looking fresh. There are different oils, and stains – like Intergrain Ultradeck – preserves or paints with UV-resistant and waterproofing properties. You have to clean and dust it regularly and check for insects. But sometimes, even then you may notice some gaps or damage. That’s where wood filler comes in handy, offering you a solution to give your wooden surfaces another life.

Beneath the Surface

In with the new, out with the old. When it comes to painting, it’s easier said than done. Unless you’ve got a quality paint stripper or remover. And trust us – you’ll need it for obvious reasons. What you may not be aware of is that you get a better finish as well as adhesion when the wall is properly cleaned, which means a more durable and lasting effect and less hassle in the future.

Crystal Clear

You probably have plenty of different cleaners, agents and special substances to keep your house absolutely spotless. But what about things around the house? These surfaces have to deal with a lot. Heat, humidity, rain, winds and more. No wonder they get attacked by moss, algae, mildew and mould. Even with the right preventive measures in place, it’s really hard to keep them at bay. That’s why you should add a special 30 Seconds Outdoor Cleaner to your collection.

Ready for Whatever

You’re now ready for but make sure you pop into your closest Inspirations Paint store to ask for any extra advice or to restock your supplies whenever you need!