Painting And Wallpapering: Tips And Techniques

Two Tips for Owners of Very Small Houses Who Hired Interior Painters

If you have a very small house and you're having its walls freshened up by an interior painter, here are some tips to follow.

1. Consider putting some of your bulkiest possessions into storage

In medium or large houses, there usually isn't any need to put furniture or big kitchen appliances into storage to give the painter enough space to work and to give them access to the walls, as in these properties, the owners can just temporarily move these bigger items to a different room or simply push them into the centre of the rooms, away from the walls. However, if your house is small, then this might not be an option. For example, if the painter will be painting your kitchen walls and you don't have any extra floor space in your other rooms, you might not have anywhere to stow the fridge-freezer whilst the kitchen's being painted and, if the kitchen itself is small, it might not be feasible to leave this large appliance in the centre of it.

In this situation, temporarily stowing some furniture and large appliances in a storage facility might be the answer. This will ensure the painter doesn't have to squeeze their ladder and paint supplies in between, for example, your sofa and the wall, and will mean you won't have to leave items like your tumble dryer in your narrow hallway, where they could get damaged as a result of you having climb over them.

2. Do everything you can to keep the house interior well-ventilated

Ventilation is important for any interior painting project. However, it may be necessary to go the extra mile to ventilate your small house whilst the painter is painting its walls. In a small building, the fumes from the paint and any solvents the painter uses will accumulate in that space far faster than they would in a bigger building that has higher ceilings and larger windows. As such, if you don't find multiple ways to ventilate your home, the painter might need to take more breaks than they usually would, to breathe fresh air and ensure they don't inhale too much of these fumes.

As such, as well as keeping all of the windows open, it might be a good idea to keep both the internal and external doors of the house open, too (weather permitting). This will ensure that clean air carried on the breeze travels through the entire house interior as it's being painted. Additionally, if the painter will be painting several rooms over the course of a few days, it might also be worth renting an air filtering machine. This will not only enable the painter to work quickly, without having to take breathing breaks, but will also ensure that when you're sleeping at night during this period and cannot keep the doors and windows open, you'll still get to breathe clean air, as this machine will clean it while you sleep.