Before DIYers get started this summer, Harris, the UK’s leading decorating brand, has launched an online help guide so even the most inexperienced DIYer can gather top tips on tools and techniques to give them the confidence to create the perfect finish.
The decorating experts looked at different personality types among DIYers, from the ‘Obsessive’ to the ‘Overwhelmed, to create a comprehensive guide to achieving the perfect finish and that all important sense of pride from a job well done.
Harris Brushes spokesperson, Sonia Sanghera, explains: “Those who regularly carry out DIY jobs at home usually have the tools and know-how to successfully complete home improvements and bask in the praise of those who visit to admire their handiwork.
“But for many who haven’t carried out home improvements recently, if at all, even straightforward painting jobs can seem tricky to approach. With 90 years of product expertise under our belts we know we have the tools for the job, so we wanted to couple this with top tips to help encourage even the most nervous DIYer.”
Harris Brushes and the seven DIYers
There is the ‘Reluctant’ DIYer, who has a few old paint brushes and rollers gathering dust in the shed along with a tin of paint that was bought in 2006 and they’ll have a go at freshening the kitchen walls with that.
Next, the ‘Obsessive’, who may be more of a fanatic to some but in their eyes if a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well. Their dedicated workspace houses not one, but five tools for each job and they’re always happy to offer advice to family, friends…and the staff at the local paint shop!
Then there is the ‘Impulsive’ handyperson, who decides after a glass of wine on a Friday night that the kitchen wall needs painting and there’s no need for masking tape, let’s just do it!
The poor Clumsy painter’s heart is always in it, but unfortunately their skills don’t match their enthusiasm and their DIY attempts are known to end in domestic disaster.
‘Planners’ work out the best way to do the job, clear and prep the area fully and put so much care into the detail that they easily lose track of time and a job which should have taken a weekend can drag on well into the next national holiday.
The Overwhelmed amongst us would love to have a go at a feature wall, but worry that the job seems massive. They have no idea where to start, so they never do.
Finally, the Flaky DIYer is full of enthusiasm at first, buying the paint and tools for the job and stripping the wallpaper off in preparation, but they soon lose interest and are happy to leave the wall behind the cupboard, no-one ever sees it anyway, and there’s a great film starting in five minutes.