If you don’t have the budget for a professional decorator or just enjoy the challenge of taking on a project yourself, these are the five gadgets that you really don’t want to be without. Not only will they make decorating your home a lot easier, they will ensure that the job is done quicker and with a quality finish.
1. An Electric Sander
Sanding is one of those irritating prep jobs that amateur decorators will often bypass, simply slapping fresh paint over old paint, filler or varnish. If you want everything to look top notch, however, you really need to smooth down those rough edges or even remove ancient layers of paint or varnish before adding anything new on top. A sander is the tool you need for this. It can be done manually with a sanding block and sanding paper, but an electric sander will be much faster and will leave a smoother finish. Opt for a handheld multi-sander that can work on flat and contoured surfaces. A cordless model is less restrictive; and, it’s worth investing a little more in a device that comes with a dust extraction feature, so that it cleans up after itself.
2. A Caulking Gun
Once you’ve removed all of your furniture from the room that you’re about to begin work on, you’ll be surprised by how many cracks and gaps are suddenly on show. The most common places to find these are between the window and door frames and the walls. After sanding down the immediate area and removing any old sealant you’ll need to seal up these gaps; and, so that you don’t end up with a more conspicuous mess than you started with, you need to apply the sealant or caulk with a caulking gun. You slot the tube or cartridge of sealant into the gun and this inexpensive basic gadget will regulate how much sealant is released and ensure that it goes only where it is supposed to.
3. A Pipe And Wire Detector
So that you don’t electrocute yourself by knocking a nail into a live wire chased into a wall or cause a flood by drilling through a pipe in the floor, you need to scan all the surfaces that you are working on with a pipe and wire detector. A cordless device will ensure that you’re not limited to working within range of the cable. Some also include a stud detector to help you to see where the frame of a stud wall lies.
4. A Wallpaper Stripper Steamer
Some wallpaper or liner can be stripped off the wall easily by hand. All too often though you will find it stubbornly refusing to budge. To shift it quickly you need an electric wallpaper steamer. Look for one that is lightweight with a lengthy hose so that you can get the steam plate right into the top corners of your room. If you’re looking to remove Artex from your ceiling you’ll need one that specifically says it can remove Artex and other textured coverings.
5. A Laser Level
The trusty spirit level has been remodelled for the 21st century. These laser levels allows you to point and click to get a measurement and plan a straight line on a vertical or horizontal surface, making it much easier to put up a shelf or dado rail, for example.