Why you should learn how to plaster your own living room
A hands-on hobby doesn't make you any less of a geek. If you feel that Instagram photos, Project Runway or World of Warcraft ran their course, it's probably time for some good old arts & crafts. A DIY plastering project can help you make the most of your interior decoration project, build your practical skills and save you some good money.
Plastering isn't such an off the wall hobby afterall...
If assembling IKEA furniture taught you something about patching things around the house, it's time to upgrade your building skills and pick up more advanced projects around the house. With some guidance on what materials and tools to choose, you can learn how to plaster your own living room and save time and money.
Not having to chase contractors and pay a fortune to have that bedroom wall redone can actually become a fun and creative experience: you'll be in charge of your own deco project from start to finish and get the exact results you expected. The good part is that you don't even need advanced training to start a hobby like this and most materials you need are within reach.
Why start your own plastering project?
If you're afraid of getting your hands dirty and making a big mess around the house, think a little...How would you like your deco project to turn out just like you pictured it. You know your house best and know exactly the mood you want to set. Plus, your construction projects don't need to be messy and expensive. With the right toolkit and some training you can get the best of a hands-on hobby and you'll have more to spend on furniture and your house (re)warming party.
Well, what does it actually mean? In a nutshell, polishing surfaces, most often walls and floors, to give a uniform look, create the right colour tone and give the right asperity. Essentially, the part of the construction project when bricks and mortar walls get covered, 'transformed', and start to feel like a proper room.
If you're not convinced you should get on board with a hobby like this, you can look into the very practical benefits: time and cost convenience, learning experience and the satisfaction of a job well done.
It all starts with a good plan: some idea of the total meterage you aim to conquer (i.e. wall surface and the necessary materials), a colour palette and the end vision. All materials you need to start your project are usually available in general construction store. Go with your colour palette and dimensions to the store and come back prepared.
To make sure you get started on the right foot, it's best to invest in some basic training. A practical how to guide, maybe some hands-on practice next to someone who does this professionally is the best way to set the scene. Luckily, there are many courses available to set you at the right pace. DIY plastering courses give you the chance to experiment and find your own style, whether it's for a once-a-month hobby or maybe a full time job one day.
You can get creative at home and practice with new materials and colours. Your own sketches will take a shape and you'll be able to bring the right feel into your home. Everything is a learning experience and you can't really go wrong with this,...or can you? It can be physically demanding, but you can't really mess up the details. There's almost always an "undo" button for most parts of the work - you can experiment with different colours and shades and finishes until you find the right one. Once you've settled, it's just a matter of finding the right rhythm and commitment to finish what you started.
You own it
If you graduated with your first polished square meter and are happy with the results, it's time to dream big. You should feel accomplished that you planned and carried out something that usually gets messy, among contractors, constructors and buckets of dust. You are the ultimate coordinator of the project, the brains of the operation and have both the creativity and skills to make this work.
A 1-day course with Goldtrowel Plastering can show you all you need to know about plastering large surfaces and interiors, materials and tools. You'll be ready to start your own redecoration project after practicing next to experienced plasterers. You will learn all the exiciting tricks about polished interiors, the right materials and tools to help you make your hobby really productive and fun. The course is run three times a week, at a location next to you. Read more.