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Wall Painting: How not to spend a fortune on texture/special effects

You know this is the busiest time of the year for paint companies with chock-a-block calendar? This is when most people give their walls a fresh lease of paint before the festive and wedding season begins. The most popular posts on this blog – on Asian Paints and Surprise your Spouse have been trending for the past two months.

A special effects (textured paint) on a ~ 100 sq. ft wall can cost upwards of Rs.5,000. But, you don’t have to spend a fortune if you are proud of your DIY and not too worried about a professional finish. Sponging, combing, brushing, dapple, ragging, weaving, spatula and crinkle are some of the special effects on offer.

The intent of this post is to show that you can do it yourself at home.  For steps on how to do it, this is a great starting point. If you’ve never done a painting job before, I’d suggest you get started with these handy tips.

For all the textured effects, choose a base color and another foreground one that stands out as you can see below.

See, how easy it is?  How touch can stretching a comb over wet paint be especially if it leads to a stunning visual effect?

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Getting your house painted – Asian, Nerolac or Berger?

I would love to hear what factors you consider while getting your house painted. When it comes to choosing what paint, the options narrow down to the big three in the Indian market: Asian Paints, Nerolac and Berger. All of them offer a comprehensive painting solution unlike before when you had to hire a independent contractor. The downside was the risk the work will ever get completed to your liking, and if it did within the time frame.

Thanks to the Surprise your Spouse home makeover event, I had an alright experience with Asian Paints. But, this time around, I decided to get a quote from all the three and finally decided on Asian. As you can see, the most responsive was Nerolac in giving a quote while it was a cat and mouse chase with Asian Paints. But, I knew the quality of the work would be good comparatively so went with Asian. Pricing wise, the gap between Berger and Asian was huge. You can see a comparison of other factors below:

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Getting your house painted: what factors to look for?

Are you considering getting your house painted? Other than the price and timeline, what criteria do you look for? Call it circumstantial or luck, I’ve got one house painted (including supervising my parents’) each year for the past three years – all from different vendors. Some factors keep topping the list. So, I thought I would put them together if you are doing it for the first time.

Factors I consider before painting a house:

1. Odour free paint – top of the list. Irritated by the paint smell in some neighbor’s house 200 meters away? Or, have a child at home? Then I suggest you go water based emulsion for walls and the doors instead of the standard oil based paint even though they are a little expensive.

2. Timeliness – you get a fair idea of whether the painters will complete the work within the deadline promised within their first hour of arrival.

3. Quality – most paint companies outsource the painting job to individual contractors. There are standard guidelines for the ratio of paint and water to be used. But, I’ve seen some contractors thin the paint way too much (to limit the quantity of paint) resulting in poor quality painting. To top it, if the scraping is not done properly, every after two coats of fresh paint you can see the old paint. More than two coats usually results in the paint flaking after a few days.

4. Cover up and after job clean up – covering up cupboards and all the household items before beginning takes at least 10% of the time.  It’s an art and I’ve seen the Asian Paints guys go to great lengths in this area – painstakingly taping the edges of the ceiling with newspapers if you are not painting the ceiling.  Do they clean up at the end of the day or leave everything as is?

5. Background check – check the reviews on the net if you are going with someone standard like Asian Paints. But, if you are using a local contractor, it’s usually through word of mouth. In that case, take one close look and run your hands through the walls – you will instantly know if it’s worth saving the extra 1,000 or 2,000 bucks. And yes, it comes with a added package of personally supervising the painters.

In the next post, I will evaluate Asian Paints, Nerolac and Berger. Let’s see who comes on the top. Stay tuned and have a great weekend.

Disclaimer: This is not a promotion for any of the brands listed here. It’s all based on my personal experiences with each of the vendors which may differ on a case by case basis.

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