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Hi every one I am doing up my house and I want to ask is there any tips that I could save money on. I am doing a room at a time. It will take this year to do it. I've brought some lovely items from here. Thank all for your help. 🐧🐧

nicolajaynehend
2 years ago
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davidstockport
davidstockport2 years ago

Do as much as you can yourself and consider renovating things instead of replacing. If there are things you want to do that you're not sure if you're capable of: check it out online YouTube can help enormously.

Buying cheap materials for decorating isn't always money saving, buying more expensive paint that might only need one coat is cheaper than buying inferior paint that might need two or more coats. It's the same with tools such as paint brushes - cheapo's you can spend hours trying to remove bristles from drying paint after using, whereas if you're doing several rooms decent paintbrushes can save you more in the long term.

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nicolajaynehend
nicolajaynehend
Original Poster
2 years ago

Hi davidstockport thank you ever so much for taking the time and trouble to do this. It's helped me a lot. And will be using the tips you give. Very good advice about the paint and brush. Some of the units are being 're used again much cheap like you said .Once again thank you. 😎

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davidstockport
davidstockport2 years ago

nicolajaynehend I might add it isn't just the well known brands of paint that are suitable - some years since I bought any but "Wickes trade paint" used to be very good value. (most decorators use it)

Wickes will generally save you a lot compared to B&Q - in fact Wickes are cheaper than builders merchants (supposedly wholesale) on most things.

If you have a B&M shop anywhere near you they're well worth checking out - but they don't have much choice of paint colours.

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nicolajaynehend
nicolajaynehend
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2 years ago

Hi davidstockport we are very lucky because we got a shop that sell nothing but pain and wall paper. And they will mix a colour for you has well. So you got a colour that no one else has. They also sell paint brush and paste. The price's are not to bad. So what I will do is take on board what you said and I will have a look around to see what they got. Thank every so much for you help. 😎

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davidstockport
davidstockport2 years ago

nicolajaynehend I have several colours of paint that no one else has - I just mix any left overs together. If ever you do that ALWAYS ensure you have enough for what you intend painting because if you don't you'll NEVER get the same colour again.

(paint's too expensive to throw away)😀

Some tips that might help:

If storing a partly used tin of gloss paint, ensure the lid is on firmly and store upside down. That way the skin that forms on the top will be at the bottom when you eventually open the tin again.

The easiest way to open any tin of paint is to drop it on the hall floor (I know I did it once) 😀

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nicolajaynehend
nicolajaynehend
Original Poster
2 years ago

Hi davidstockport I never thought of mixing my own paint. That's very good Ida. And I would never have thought of storing paint up side down. Thank you ever so much for your help. It's much appreciate. 😎

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davidstockport
davidstockport2 years ago

nicolajaynehend White paint is usually much cheaper so if you need a lot of a certain colour you save by buying the darkest shade of the colour you want (in a small tin) then mix with the white until you get the required shade, but as warned ALWAYS ensure you mix enough to complete the job. If you mix too much you can use it up the next time you're "inventing" a new colour.

Do not try mixing different types of paint - such as gloss and emulsion - always mix like with like.

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nicolajaynehend
nicolajaynehend
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2 years ago

Hi davidstockport thank you for that that's a very good Ida I think I will do my own colours. Be much cheaper and know one else will have that colour. Thank you 😎

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