Pros and Cons of DIY Painting

green wall with green curtain and wooden furniture against the wall, Pros and Cons of DIY Painting

As an avid DIYer, it may seem like a no-brainer deciding whether to do a painting job yourself. Next to saving the cost of hiring a contractor, the process allows you to learn a new skill and pass time. Plus, picking up a brush and smearing paint on a wall? How hard can it be, right?

Well, in reality, painting is not exactly the smooth experience it appears to be. And depending on the scale of your project, it can be tough to get that clean, lasting, professional-quality result.

To help you make your decision, here are some pros and cons you should consider before running to buy a can of paint.

Pros to DIY painting

Saves on cost – Perhaps the most obvious benefit of DIY painting(or anything DIY really) is that it saves on cost. You can save a buck load in labor and service charges by simply painting yourself. The extra money can then be redirected to other renovation projects in your house.

You get full control – At times, the idea you had in mind might not always be rightly interpreted by a professional contractor. Other times, they might bring up their own contrasting ideas, which might not be what you wanted. By doing it yourself, you get full creative control. You have the power to make the space exactly as you envisioned it.

Painting can be enjoyable – When done right, using the right tools, painting can be an easy and enjoyable activity. To make it even more fun, you can make it a family affair … let the kids get their hands a little dirty. Sure, it definitely needs a steady hand to get clean results, but anyone with a positive attitude and the will to learn can definitely join in.

Satisfaction – Lastly, as with most things DIY, you get this sense of satisfaction when you paint your own house and actually get the job done. So, if you are looking for a little self-esteem boost, DIY is the way to go

Cons in DIY painting

It requires skill – While it might seem simple and straightforward, painting is an art: one that needs a delicate approach and a fair amount of skill to execute correctly. Professional painters typically go through years practicing the proper techniques and brush movements. They also keep up with trendy painting techniques that will give your home a contemporary edge.

Painting is messy – It goes without saying that painting can be a messy affair. And if done recklessly, you might end up causing more harm than good. On top of that, accidents are prone to happen. You want to try as much as possible to be careful and keen. Make sure to move any furniture or cover up any item that might be damaged by the paint. It’s worth noting that professional painters are specially trained to avoid such mishaps. This way, you stand a better chance of getting cleaner results.

Materials can be expensive – Having the right materials at hand can go miles in making the whole process easier, faster, and more professional-looking.  You’ll need to invest in everything from drop cloths, paint trays, ladders, detail brushes, face masks, among many others, all of which can increase your overall expenditure. It might be simpler to hire a professional painting service that has all the latest equipment at hand.

It’s time-consuming – Depending on the surface and scale of your project, it can take days to complete a single painting task. And if you have work on the side, it can take even longer. So, if fast results are what you want, doing it yourself might not be ideal.

Take away

At the end of the day, there is nothing wrong with trying out a little DIY painting. And this guide is not meant to discourage it either. It is just better to be fully aware of what to expect so that your decisions a better guided.

If you need further consultation from a trusted painting professional, don’t hesitate to reach out to Painter Bros and speak to one of our professionals.