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Property Here - Friday, August 09, 2013

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Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones would surely paint it black. Picture: AP

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones would surely paint it black. Picture: AP Source: AP

A LITTLE music can add some fun to those weekend DIY challenges. Some tunes may even make you work a little faster. So turn it up.

A new coat of paint can be a weekend project and a great pick-me-up for a tired room or door frame, but if your renovations have been going on a while, a tin of paint can also mean you're a step closer to the finish line.

DIY renovations takeover your weekends, (and if your job is sizeable, your life), for as long as they are underway. Ease the pressure and get some tunes flowing. Not only will it pass the time and keep you on track, it may even bring a smile to your face.

Here's a few of our favourite songs about paint for a little inspiration and motivation, and a few tips too.

Preparation is key to a good finish

Perth rock band The Chemist have a song called 'Stripped Paint' from their album Ballet In The Badlands (Create/Control, 2013).

Stripping and sanding back the old paint it key to getting a good finish. Don't jump straight in. Sand, strip, prep and use a good base coat before even considering the top coat. Not only will these first steps give you a better finish, but it will be easier to apply your top coat as well.

Paint in even strokes

Spandau Ballet had a hit with Paint Me Down', from the album Diamond.

(Chrysalis Records, 1982).

Spandau Ballet

While it's good painting motivation, don't draw too much on the lyrics, which are more about painting bodies than walls. Which generally isn't productive.

The key message to draw is 'paint down', be consistent in your coverage and direction.

Calculate the amount of paint needed

Indie musos Bright Eyes sing 'Waste of Paint' from their album Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground, (Saddle Creek Records, 2002).

Wasting actual paint can be costly, so before you embark on your DIY mission, try out a paint calculator. There are many online to use for free. By simply putting your room measurements in you can work out how many litres you need for your space. It could save you repeat trips to the DIY store and money.

What would The Rolling Stones do?

Rolling Stones

They'd be daring. They'd paint it black. We couldn't go pass the classic 'Paint it Black' by the Rolling Stones, from the album Aftermath, (1966, Decca Records).

While black may not be a colour people turn to first, it can be an excellent way to highlight furniture and lighting, and with a little research it's certainly a colour that could turn your room from basic to bold.

Black can add warmth and mood to a room with feature-piece furniture.

What are your colour options?

Remember The Rainbow Song? It's actually a good reminder of those classic colours, so have a listen and think of the palate available. Let American R &B vocal group The Dells throw a little soul into the oil' classic in their 1969 version.

Some top tips from Sesame Street

Sesame Street

It seems that childhood educators Sesame Street have a thing or two to pass on to us even post preschool days. In their song 'Wet Paint' (straight from our youth). The fuzzy puppets actually have some excellent DIY tips.

So grab a paintbrush, turn up the tunes and get that painting job done. You're home will feel much fresher because of it. Not many people regret repainting a wall or two.

Holly Jones

Holly is the Social and Content Coordinator at She has worked in the lifestyle industry for over a decade, for BBC Online, Lonely Planet and more. A recent first homebuyer, she finds her evenings and weekends spent in home improvement stores, deliberating which toilet cisterns have the best water efficiency and which soft-closing drawers offer the best longevity.

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