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    Can a DIYer please help me with advices and/or tips?

    Hi Guys, I am after some help as I am going to do some work in my new house in the next few days.

    guys please don't advice me to get a builder and or a tiler and so on because I really know it's ideal but indeed I can't afford it after paying 20k deposit + all the legal fees, solicitors, duty stamp, new furnitures and you know the rest of the list

    I am going to be painting some walls with different colours as well as applying wallpapers in the living room, 1 bedroom and dinning room....

    The house is newly built and the walls are all painted with Magnolia. floors are concrete downstairs and cement boarded upstairs.

    starting with painting, do I need to sand the walls before repainting or I can go ahead and paint on top of the existing layer? and can I apply the wallpaper adhesive straight t the paint or it needs sanding+priming?

    in the kitchen I am going to tile the walls between the worktop and the cupboards, can i tile on top of the paint or i need sanding+priming? do I need to prime the kitchen floor or just apply the powdered cement directly as it's a concrete floor? bathroom en suite, can i apply the cement straight to the cement board or it needs priming? the same with the painted walls as i intend to tile them as well?

    the rest of the house will be all fitted with laminated floor and oak woo on stairs.....

    I hope somebody can help me because I truly have to do all this by myself as I have no solution (I am taking two weeks off work) things got really sticky but we were expecting this and we think it's worth it as its going to be our own house, but the misses keeps on demanding various things hence I can't afford anything .

    Thanks in advance

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    First Tip- consider all the advice you will get . There is so much great knowledgeable advice given on here . Equally there is ridiculous advice given ( to be charitable well meant) from folks who just like to see their comments on the site .

    Consider the advice ,bin the rubbish and then consider the rest .

    Maybe take a look over at this website here

    Original Poster

    thanks guys

    My opinion as you've asked a lot... go on YouTube and look at videos from b&q etc... as a start if I paint on paint I always key the surface first , same again when tiling but I'd then treat with unibond before applying the tile/ adhesive, good luck, I've done everything in my home and it's turned out great

    Don't paint anything, new houses need to dry out and settle. If you paint or wallpaper the developer won't be willing to carry out any work due to shrinkage. If it's a new property it should be covered by an NHBC warranty, so make the most of living in a brand new house, safe in the knowledge that you have a 2 yr warranty, covering most things. You wouldn't paint a brand new car would you??

    Re the tiling, you can tile directly onto the painted walls. I did the same in my bathroom of our new build.

    There's plenty of videos on you tube, tops tiles etc. Watch them to get tips and advice. Biggest tip I have learnt was to mark up the walls from the centre and work from the middle outwards.

    Good luck

    Personal, I would decide what's vital, and what's a nice to have. That's a hell of a lot of work to take on in just two weeks by yourself.

    This is your home, take your time and do it perfect

    By the way, I do know what I'm talking about as i work for a house builder my self

    Original Poster

    pshawry

    By the way, I do know what I'm talking about as i work for a house … By the way, I do know what I'm talking about as i work for a house builder my self



    Appreciated pal, you really made sense I just wish the misses would look at things the way you do of which I 100% agree with

    You can paint but wouldn't recommend papering. Expect nail pops and cracks as it settles. It will look crap when you try to touch these in again at a later date. Wait 12 months is my advice.

    I can only advice you on the decorating ,having started decorating 44 years ago ..........and still not finished !
    Firstly , always sand the surfaces you are going to paint , whether it be wood or painted surfaces , I even lightly sand newly plastered walls.Brand new plastered walls get a coat of paint for new walls [obliterating emulsion] or a mix of emulsion [mat] and water . Dont ever use vinyl emulsion , it just lies on the surface whereas matt soaks in.This I call the base coat , I would put 2 coats of the desired coloured emulsion over this base coat.
    Walls that have already been painted , a light sanding and 2 coats of your coloured emulsion [matt or silk][.
    Walls to be papered . Again a light sanding and GLUE SIZE the walls prior to putting the paper on . You can buy glue size ..................I never do but mix a more watered down wallpaper paste . Brush this onto all the walls and leave to dry overnight. The wall paper your putting on still needs to be pasted and soaked for the correct amount of time prior to putting on the walls.

    I use 7" roller and cages , not the newer 9" ones and for small emulsion jobs like bathrooms and kitches I use the 4" rollers/trays . These are only £1 from Poundland ,tray ,cage and 5 rollers .Stock up on them , there great ,you can get into tight spaces with hardly any spray back . For a quid , you dont even need to clean them , just bin them when finished .

    I could write all night giving you hints and techniques of the trade ,but wont . Experience is the key to this trade . The more you do the better you get at it .
    hope this helps

    You really need to buy Collins Complete DIY Manual. All the answers you need will be in it.

    I own a new house . I am a middle aged five foot tall widow so you wouldn't put me down as a diy expert but I've done everything you have said and more by myself in the last year . You can do it . The best advice I can give is take it one thing at a time and don't be overwhelmed by it . Do what needs doing first and move on to things like painting when you have the essential jobs done . I would leave the walls as new houses do dry out over the first few months . You may find hairline cracks in your new paintwork if not . Tiling is quite easy once you have got the hang of using a tile cutter. Practise first and don't use too much pressure . If you are intent on wallpapering , size the walls with a watered down solution of paste first of all . This will make it much easier . If it were me I would put some cheap lino on the floors for now . Flooring is a job to take your time over. My niece and her husband allowed themselves three days to put floortiles down in their new house . It took them three weeks . Laminate on the other hand is relatively easy . You can't do all that in two weeks and if you try you will become demoralised so tackle one job at a time and allow yourself a pat on the back when you finish . Good luck in your new home.
    Edited by: "psychobitchfromhell" 11th Dec 2016

    No need to sand you can walk paper onto the paint. I always apply a layer of paste on the wall and let it dry create a nice surface for the paper to stick to. You can tile directly onto the painted walls. The ready mixed adhesive is good enough.

    The floors you usually put down some ply board minimum of 12mm and tile on to that

    As said above, newly built building tend to warp as they settle with cracks and dryline nail heads popping out. The work you laid out will probably take you about 6 months to complete for most people. Also before you tile the bathroom/ensuite floor make sure you don't have any leaks.

    you should only paint with emulsion for the first 6 months - the plaster needs to breathe. new houses take a while to settle.

    Original Poster

    Thanks guys, really happy with your comments

    If you tile onto new plaster, make sure you first cover the area in washed down pva with water. I didn't know you should do this and a tile fell off and smashed my bath. Plaster is porous and sucked all the moisture from the tile adhesive. Not made that mistake again!

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    ricko

    I can only advice you on the decorating ,having started decorating 44 … I can only advice you on the decorating ,having started decorating 44 years ago ..........and still not finished !Firstly , always sand the surfaces you are going to paint , whether it be wood or painted surfaces , I even lightly sand newly plastered walls.Brand new plastered walls get a coat of paint for new walls [obliterating emulsion] or a mix of emulsion [mat] and water . Dont ever use vinyl emulsion , it just lies on the surface whereas matt soaks in.This I call the base coat , I would put 2 coats of the desired coloured emulsion over this base coat.Walls that have already been painted , a light sanding and 2 coats of your coloured emulsion [matt or silk][.Walls to be papered . Again a light sanding and GLUE SIZE the walls prior to putting the paper on . You can buy glue size ..................I never do but mix a more watered down wallpaper paste . Brush this onto all the walls and leave to dry overnight. The wall paper your putting on still needs to be pasted and soaked for the correct amount of time prior to putting on the walls.I use 7" roller and cages , not the newer 9" ones and for small emulsion jobs like bathrooms and kitches I use the 4" rollers/trays . These are only £1 from Poundland ,tray ,cage and 5 rollers .Stock up on them , there great ,you can get into tight spaces with hardly any spray back . For a quid , you dont even need to clean them , just bin them when finished .I could write all night giving you hints and techniques of the trade ,but wont . Experience is the key to this trade . The more you do the better you get at it . hope this helps



    Thank you, great advices indeed

    Original Poster

    psychobitchfromhell

    I own a new house . I am a middle aged five foot tall widow so you … I own a new house . I am a middle aged five foot tall widow so you wouldn't put me down as a diy expert but I've done everything you have said and more by myself in the last year . You can do it . The best advice I can give is take it one thing at a time and don't be overwhelmed by it . Do what needs doing first and move on to things like painting when you have the essential jobs done . I would leave the walls as new houses do dry out over the first few months . You may find hairline cracks in your new paintwork if not . Tiling is quite easy once you have got the hang of using a tile cutter. Practise first and don't use too much pressure . If you are intent on wallpapering , size the walls with a watered down solution of paste first of all . This will make it much easier . If it were me I would put some cheap lino on the floors for now . Flooring is a job to take your time over. My niece and her husband allowed themselves three days to put floortiles down in their new house . It took them three weeks . Laminate on the other hand is relatively easy . You can't do all that in two weeks and if you try you will become demoralised so tackle one job at a time and allow yourself a pat on the back when you finish . Good luck in your new home.



    Thank you very much I hope I will get it done as you did

    sfndkks

    Thank you very much I hope I will get it done as you did


    Of course you will . I have every faith in you . Don't forget a b&q club card either . You get regular money off coupons

    jude7219

    If you tile onto new plaster, make sure you first cover the area in … If you tile onto new plaster, make sure you first cover the area in washed down pva with water. I didn't know you should do this and a tile fell off and smashed my bath. Plaster is porous and sucked all the moisture from the tile adhesive. Not made that mistake again!



    Not PVA - BAL Primer is what you need to use - Google tiling and PVA to find out the issues with using it

    Wickes have lots of free "how to" leaflets and they arent bad, although you tube videos are often better. When tiling use a sponge to apply the grout, tilers trick. Measure up carefully for both tiles and laminate as you dont want small bits at the ends, Invest in good tools or hire them, cheap is never as easy to use.

    Personally I'd carpet stairs and upstairs as other flooring is noisy. If you must laminate upstairs get thick underlay.

    Kitchen tiles and flooring yes - but the wife can help - but leave the rest as it's a new house.

    wayners

    You really need to buy Collins Complete DIY Manual. All the answers you … You really need to buy Collins Complete DIY Manual. All the answers you need will be in it.



    ​I've got one, despite knowing a lot of stuff already it's useful to have a reference!

    First off I thought with new builds you got to pick all the paint colours and extras like tiling?


    starting with painting, do I need to sand the walls before repainting or … starting with painting, do I need to sand the walls before repainting or I can go ahead and paint on top of the existing layer? and can I apply the wallpaper adhesive straight t the paint or it needs sanding+priming?


    As long as it's all dry, not flaking and isn't gloss paint your going over then yes just go over the top.

    in the kitchen I am going to tile the walls between the worktop and the … in the kitchen I am going to tile the walls between the worktop and the cupboards, can i tile on top of the paint or i need sanding+priming?


    Depends on the paint, for what it's worth I'd probably lightly score the wall a little with a chisel so the adhesive gets a better grip.

    do I need to prime the kitchen floor or just apply the powdered cement … do I need to prime the kitchen floor or just apply the powdered cement directly as it's a concrete floor?


    Powdered cement? Are you talking about tile adhesive?
    You mix it first in a bucket or large tub. As for any priming it all depends on the finish of the concrete, if it's smooth it's worth scoring it a little, if it's fairly rough just apply on top.
    With any flooring check the property specs first most new builds have underfloor heating so the spec of the tiles need to be able to be suitable.


    Honestly if you've never done anything like this before get a friend or family member who has to show you the ropes.

    I did this two years ago, two weeks seems like a long time but it sounds like you have a lot to do.

    I had to strip off the old wallpaper, and that was a right pain, but once done and after you've cleaned the walls with sugar soap then I recommend using lining paper.
    You can use this under wallpaper or just paint over once it's dried, I used Magnolia as I'm not bothered with what colour the walls are.
    Although in the W.c I didn't use lining paper, I just put a few undercoats on the concrete and then painted over top of that.

    Seriously mate, why are you asking on here? if I have a query about car maintenance I go to a car forum and so and so on. There are several superb DIY forums about where the posters are all professional and at worst very experienced DIYers. I am a regular on a few of them and would not dream of posting such a thread on here! Just like I wouldn't ask about the best deals on there. Horses for courses and if you want sound advice head over to the proper forums
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