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Some building jobs are harder than others, with the likes of bricklaying and plastering beyond the handiest of DIYers going down the scale to painting, wallpapering and decorating that many people try to do themselves. There are often mixed results with DIY on this front, with badly hung wallpaper and poor paint jobs blighting many a home. If you want a good job done, it is better to pay someone who does it for a living and trades on the quality of the work they do. If you want painting, wallpapering and decorating in Peterborough done, then come to us for a quote!
This piece will look at the aspects of painting, wallpapering and decorating and will show you what needs to be considered when planning on redecorating your home. We can work with you within 50 miles of central Peterborough. The areas of Peterborough (PE1) we cover are Bretton (PE3), Orton (PE2), Deeping (PE6), Bourne (PE10), Stamford (PE9), Spalding (PE12), St Neots (PE19), Huntingdon (PE28), Oakham (LE15), Uppingham (LE15).
Can’t I do this myself?
Many people will say, “Painting and decorating is an easy job – I could do this myself, right?” This is not always the case. Painting, decorating and wallpapering takes a lot of time and skill that many people just don’t have to a very high standard. Put another way, would you have a plumber with no previous experience do the job or would you have someone who has done this for the last 5-10 years? The obvious answer is the person who does it day in, day out for a living because they will know how to do the job correctly and to a high standard.
Painting requires a lot of skill to do it right. They will mask or remove wall fittings so no paint gets on them. Getting the paint on the walls and ceilings evenly is a skill that DIYers who paint only every few years frequently don’t have the practice and skill to manage. Another issue is that painters will never get paint on the carpet, something that DIYers frequently manage to do!
Wallpapering requires a high level of skill that only practice will achieve. Getting it done right first time is something that someone who might do this every five years won’t manage without a lot of trial and error.
Finally, it saves you time to pay someone else to do the job for you. Rather than spend a number of evenings and weekends after work when you are tired from work (and probably tired enough to make errors anyway!), wouldn’t it be better to pay someone to do it?
Wallpaper versus paint?
There are strengths and weaknesses to using paint and wallpaper, and many people use both as part of their decoration of their home. Here are some factors to consider:
- Is the room a high traffic area such as a hallway or living room? Wallpaper can withstand a lot of abuse, perhaps from children drawing on the walls (you can scrub the wall unlike a painted surface), or people bumping into it. By comparison, a painted wall could need touching up periodically should someone bump it or a child has done a masterpiece on it!
- Is there a lot of moisture in the air, for example in a kitchen or bathroom? Often the water based adhesive of the wallpaper may not keep the wallpaper on so you should consider painting / tiling the room. Many people still have their bathrooms and kitchens wallpapered, and special adhesive can be used in these cases.
- Wallpaper costs more to buy and can cost a little more to have put up than paint. If you are on a budget it may be cheaper to have a room painted.
- Patterns! Wallpaper can introduce interesting features to a room where paint tends to be one colour.
Often it pays to mix and match wallpaper with paint in much the same way as people paint different rooms in different colours. Consider wallpaper in some rooms and paint in others.
What colours should I have?
Before coming to us to get your decorating done you need a clear idea as to what colours you should have in every room. Where for rentals or preparing a home for sale the classic magnolia is pretty much the best choice, if you plan on living in the room yourself you have a much wider range of choices.
For inspiration, look at the colours that are dominant in your home – your family’s clothes, a favourite rug or the dominant colours of a favourite painting. Consider the mood of the room – a dining room can be bright and bold while a living room that gets a lot of light may want darker, more mellow colours to relax in.
The next thing to consider is how that colour will look in a given room. Colours will look very different in different light, and certainly between the light of a DIY shop to the room you are painting. Get at least three tester pots and paint a 60 square cm square of each on a wall to see how it will appear. With wallpaper, hang it with Blu-Tack before having it hung by us. Look at the squares in different lights – bright daylight can show it in one hue but in rainy, grey skied Britain that colour isn’t always going to be dominant!
Artex while popular until the 1980’s is often the bugbear of many a homeowner these days. We can remove this from the ceilings and replaster them with a smooth surface. Another thing we do is paint the outside of you home, something you really shouldn’t do yourself!
Before wallpapering, do remember that the old wallpaper needs to be removed to do a good job. Factor this into the timings.
The plaster on the walls may have deteriorated over time, and we can effect repairs or replace the plastering altogether in these cases.
When you have a new colour in your room, don’t forget the doors and other gloss-work such as the skirting boards and windows.
How long will it take?
You will have to stop using a room for a couple of days while we do the decorating. For the whole house to be done, consider letting us to the work while you take your family on holiday and you will return to see the job done to perfection! Here is a rough idea for the length of time it takes to wallpaper or paint a room, and depending on how many you want done you will be able to work out how long it will take for the whole project.
- Wallpapering a 14ft x 11ft room that was previously painted will take 2-3 days. If wallpaper needs stripping before this is done, add an extra 1.5 days.
- To paint a 14ft x 11ft room that was previously wallpapered, including stripping and priming this will take 3-4 days.
- To remove Artex from a ceiling and replaster for a 14 x 11 room this will take 3-4 days.
- To paint a room that is 11ft x 10ft expect us to take around 1-2 days depending on the colour and finish you want.
- To paint a large room of 20ft x 17ft we will take 2-3 days depending on the colour and finish you want.
- To repaint an upstairs and downstairs hallway including the walls around the stairs, this will take around 1-2 days in a typical house.
- To paint the exterior of a 3 bed semi detached house, expect it to take 3-4 days assuming the render is in good condition.
- To gloss woodwork in a room of 11ft x 10ft room, including removing the old gloss work it will take 2-3 days.
Preparing for the professionals to come
Now you have chosen the colours and come to us to have your rooms decorated with us you will need to prepare for the visit.
You should give at least 1.5 metres of space between any furniture in the room and the walls that will be painted. Though we will cover the floors to protect them it will help for you to cover your furniture, particularly if you want the ceilings done. Where possible have the radiators removed so the job can be done properly.
Call us for a quote today!
With these factors in mind, with your decisions made about colours and wallpaper should go on which walls and ceilings, give us a call for a free quotation. We will discuss with you what needs doing and give you an idea
Other Painting & Decorators in Peterborough
If you didn’t find what you were looking for, the below establishments might be able to help!
Please note that the following list was put together from publicly available records and was correct to the best of knowledge at the time of posting. If you’d like to remove or edit your business please get in touch via our contact page.
Dulux Decorator CentreForty Acre Road, Peterborough
|Crown Decorating Centre||Unit G6 Alpha Court, Centrix Park,, Phoenix Parkway, Corby|
|Seamus Houghton, Painter and Decorator||20 Spinney Close, Thrapston, Kettering|
|Brewers Decorator Centres||1 Crucible Road, Corby|
|Ian W Turner Painters and Decorators||65 Atherstone Avenue, Peterborough|
|Joe Hewett Painter & Decorator||128 London Road, Peterborough|
|AJ Walpole Decorator||75 Snoots Road, Whittlesey, Peterborough|
|Les Cunnington Painter And Decorator||4 Temples Court, Helpston, Peterborough|
|Michael Ware The Decorator||85 Corby Road, Weldon, Corby|
|Painter & Decorator||51 Buckfast Square, Corby|
|Robert Alexander Dulux decorator||2 Beech Lane, Peterborough|
|Dom Sylvester Painter and Decorator||37 Pelham Close, Cottenham, Cambridge|
|M Plumb Painter & Decorator||26 Pettis Road, Saint Ives|
|Painter & Decorator||West Drove North, Gedney Hill, Spalding|
|Steven Parrott Painter & Decorator||8 Park Avenue, Raunds, Wellingborough|
|Robin Elderkin Decorator||286 Park Road, Spalding|
|T S Aldous Decorator||9 Queen Street, Thrapston, Kettering|
|A J M Painters And Decorators||61 Westfield Road, Ramsey, Huntingdon|
|Decor8 Deeping – Peterborough Painter and Decorator||Blacksmiths Cottage, Main Road, Deeping St Nicholas|
|J. M. Swann, Painter & Decortor||The Bridge Inn/Well End, Wisbech|
|Dennis Welch. Painter,Decorator & Handyman||The Ark, Fleet Coy, Gedney Hill|
|Chris C Wright Painter & Decorator||West End, Wilburton, Ely|
|Wilson G R||102 Walgrave, Peterborough|
|K Goldsmith And Daughters Painters & Decorators||1 The Broadway, Morton|
|Brian Cattell the Decorator||2 Carmarthen Way, Rushden|
|Crown Decorating Centre Ltd||5 Queen Street, Wisbech|
|Crown Decorator Centre||18 Harvester Way, Peterborough|
|Brewers Decorator Centres||10 Brassey Close, Peterborough|
|A Sturgess Decorators||8 The Saplings, Kettering|
|Derek H Plummer Decorator||30 Newtown Road, Little Irchester, Wellingborough|
|Paul Tee||6 Saunders Close, Peterborough|
|Brewers Decorator Centres||92 Boleness Road, Wisbech|
|Steve Carter Decorator & Property Services||10 Partridge Grove, Peterborough|
|Johnstone Leyand||16 Harvester Way, Peterborough|
|Lee Painting & Decorating||2 Stepping Stones, Hemingford Grey, Huntingdon|