DIY tips for white homes

Guest post by Reggie Clair

If you're a fan of white home style, you may approach the average DIY project a little bit differently than most.
For a lot of people, doing repairs or even artistic interior projects means making a mess while working and cleaning it up later. That's at least the logical way to go about it much of the time, because cleaning up as you go isn't always easy. However, if you've opted primarily for white walls and white surfaces in your home design, you may be a little more preoccupied with keeping things from getting dirty at all.  To some extent, this just comes down to being careful. However, some of the following tips can also help you to keep your white interiors from getting blemishes as you go about DIY projects.

The most important tip of all is to remember that painters' tape is your friend. Usually used to line the borders of a room or wall (for instance, along mouldings) to guard those borders against dripping paint or overreaching brush strokes, this handy accessory can actually be used for any number of jobs as a safeguard. The Family Handy Man advice and guide site wrote up a detailed set of instructions for how to use it properly, and you can quickly see that it might be useful no matter what kind of job you're doing. Painting is of course the primary reason to use painters' tape, but you can also use it to establish borders for other types of repairs as well and make absolutely sure you don't drift into white areas you want untouched.

Speaking of establishing borders, it's also a good idea to keep some levelling and measuring tools in your toolkit for any jobs that might arise in white interior rooms. These types of appliances are increasingly recognised as vital assets for home DIY enthusiasts, to the point that the popular trade tool site Screwfix now includes them alongside the basics in its categorised tool section. And for people who want to keep their interiors white and unblemished, these tools are even more vital. Simply put, using this type of equipment helps you increase the likelihood of getting a job right the first time without having to go back and do any sort of touch-up. This goes for whether you're repainting, covering a nail hole you made in the wrong place, etc.

Finally, and perhaps most obviously, you should always have the necessary cleaning materials on hand to quickly address any blemishes that do pop up on white surfaces while you're doing repairs. Depending on the surface, that may simply mean soapy rags or even paint thinner. Where things can get tricky, however, is with hard walls or white wallpaper that gets paint, grime, or any other sort of messy substance on it.  Today actually did a wonderful write-up of how to clean painted walls (including those with white paint), focusing on simple concoctions like water and vinegar to get the job done. It's actually not always hard to clean even light coloured walls if you're ready immediately and have the needed materials on hand.

There's always bound to be some mess when you take on an involved DIY project around the house. However, you can minimise the mess by taking these steps, at least as it relates to your white walls and surfaces.

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