Ask the Expert: When to DIY + When to Ask for Professional Help

We’re all guilty of scrolling through Pinterest and gawking over those DIY projects and thinking, “We can do that, too!” But sometimes it’s more than just finding an unloved piece of furniture at a yard sale, bringing it home, sanding it down, and putting a fresh new coat of (cough, cough Exeter Paint paints) on that baby. Sometimes, we may need to seek out some professional help – but where’s the line? To begin, it’s important to ask your self these questions before you jump into any project: Do you have the time and patience to tackle these projects on your own? Are there building regulations or codes I need to seek out? Do I need to purchase a lot of tools in order to complete this project and will I ever use them again?

DIY Projects

1. Hanging Things on the Wall 

Whether it’s a painting, mirrors or a gorgeous oriental cloth, we can definitely manage this on our own. However, “on our own” maybe means with an extra set of eyes to tell us if what we’re hanging up is even. If you’re really unsure about doing this there are lots of amazing tools online from step-by-step posts to YouTube tutorials to give yourself the confidence to start on your project.

2. Paint Projects

If you have the time (and patience!) painting your own walls could save you money in the long run, plus allow for some serious bonding time with a loved one or a solo space for you to disconnect. Any doubts you have about paint colors or the exact process, your local paint store employees (Exeter Paint for those of you nearby!) should be able to guide you in the process.

3. Light Fixtures

This is something that your local provider should be able to give you some helpful advice on how to install a new light fixture on your own. It’s not a very invasive project, nor should it take very long at all. Again, it’s best to have a second pair of eyes there to help in the process. Also, don’t forget to turn off the electricity before dealing with those wires!

4. Gardening

Always a fantastic way to spice up your home and make it feel more like you. Whether it’s an outdoor patio or full back yard with a green lawn, by adding just a touch of color with flowers or new textures with various bushes and trees, you’ll notice the difference immediately. By doing a little research to see what plants and flowers will flourish in your type of garden (lots of light to no direct sunshine) you can find the perfect combinations to add to your home.

Hire the Professional

1. Remodeling (Floors, Walls, Ceilings) 

When it comes to big projects that require expensive tools, knocking down walls or taking up floors, seeking out building permits, it’s best to hire a professional. They know exactly how to proceed with such a grand project from start to finish that it’s worth paying those big bucks. Plus, who wants to live in a messy construction zone for months on end when the professionals can have it done in half the time?

2. When Health Hazards are Prominent 

Unfortunately, in a lot of older houses there are health hazards that linger in the paints, old pipes, and in old siding insulation. This is where you don’t want to “play with fire” as taking on these projects could expose yourself and your family to dangerous chemicals. Hire a professional, they know how to complete these projects safely for themselves and everybody else.

3. Roof Renovations

With heights, tools, and long hours of work – it’s important to leave these types of renovations in the hands of a professional. Plus, if you make a mistake in a roof renovation, imagine all the further possible damage it could lead to in the rest of the house.

#PaintTipTuesday [011]

As much as we love the snow, it’s hard not to dream of a warm summer day, the breeze gently passing at the right moment, as you lounge on your favorite terrace with a cold drink in your hand.

This week, #PaintTipTuesday brings you some favorite photos from our Social Media Marketing Manager’s (Sagan!) Terrace board on her Pinterest Page. If you’re looking for ideas to give your terrace (or patio or back deck) a fresh look – adding a color-pop with paint or fabrics is easy as 1-2-3. Some of our favorites include turquoise, deep yellow, and soft blues along with many, many plants!

If you’re a city dweller it’s nice to surround your outdoor space with plants in order to give you a breath of fresh air in your concrete jungle. If you’re lucky to have your own backyard or garden, well, lucky you. Keep in mind that your outdoor space can be your sanctuary and your favorite ”room” in the house with just a few tweeks here and there.

Happy creating!

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Gorgeous Shiny Things Inspirations

The inspiring interior designer, Danika Herrick, posts regularly to her blog and Facebook page displaying beautiful projects that can work as inspiration for us all.

Her latest: an almost complete entry way featuring some DIY projects you can find on her blog along with a stunning stone grey wall color + leopard print accents on the stairs.

As our lives evolve, so should our interiors

Your home should be a reflection of your lifestyle and tell the ongoing story of the people who reside there.  As our lives evolve, so should our interiors . . .

When people move into their homes they decorate and paint and hang window treatments. Then the years go by and it is easy to leave things as they are.  Soon enough, your home becomes dated.  The window treatments are dated and the colors reflect on years past. With just a punch of color and texture and a new set of window treatments your home can be transformed!

 Here are three great examples of rooms transformed and updated

 For more information, visit Nina in person at Exeter Paint on 75 Portsmouth Ave, Exeter, NH; Facebook @ A Beautiful Room, LLC; and her website www.abeautifulroominteriors.com 

Recommendations | Exeter Paint

I want to talk about Nicole Durant the owner of this fine store. I called her last week to recommend someone who could stretch my carpets for me. She sent me to John Defino who was here today 3 days after I called him. He is such a fantastic job and a great price. If you need anything done always check with Nicole as she clearly can help you out. Thanks so much Nicole !


Highlighting recommendations from our lovely customers of Exeter Paint! We love helping all of you with your latest projects whether it’s with paint, wallpaper, flooring, etc!

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Chalkboard Paint Ideas | DIY Projects

Whether it’s in the kitchen, the kid’s playroom, or in the garage – using Chalkboard Paint can add a little twist to any room!

Some Do It Yourself project ideas from our team to yours!

1) Daily Menu & Planner | Let the family know what’s on the menu for the day from breakfast to dinner! Or use it to organize your days and schedules. Paint the chalkboard paint in a square or rectangular shape on the wall, frame it with decorative molding or colorful paint, and use as you wish!

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2) Kids Playroom Wall & Artist Area | Have budding artists that can’t seem to contain their creativity? Paint an entire wall with chalkboard paint and let their creative juices flow with this eco-friendly and fun project! They’ll love to draw on the walls and you’ll love the no-fuss, no-paper waste!

3) Eco-Friendly Message Board | We all leave notes and make the daily “To-Do” list! Use chalkboard paint to make your daily reminders more eco-friendly and fun for the family. Paint an area with chalkboard paint and frame it with decorative molding or colorful paint. Then create calendars or lists to help organize your day!

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4) Organize | Spice up the kitchen cabinets or closets with chalkboard paint to organize different containers. Simply paint a small square or circle on each container and let dry. Use chalk to label containers and never spend time searching for what you need again!

*Photos and ideas from Benjaminmoore.com
Exeter Paints & Exeter Paints West are suppliers of
Benjamin Moore Paints and California Paints.