Decorating costs...

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by andyoxon, 10 Oct 2007.

  1. andyoxon

    andyoxon Veteran

    Some neighbours were having some work so we took the opportunity to get a quote to redecorate a double bedroom...

    £280 Tape ceiling panel cracks, Skim with plaster.
    £540 Strip wall paper, prepare, re-paper with liner.
    £360 Paint ceiling/walls, gloss white wood work
    £1180 :blush:

    Looks like DIY then...the problem is finding the time...

    I'm no plasterer so what could I do instead of skimming the ceiling panels?

  2. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Why don't you do this:

    (£540) Strip wall paper, prepare, re-paper with liner.

    Easy peasy.

    Leaving the rest only setting you back 280 + 360 = £640
  3. User482

    User482 Guest

    The only bit that requires real skill is the cracks/ skim plastering, so you only need to lay out £280. I suppose you could paper the ceiling with liner paper, but it's a right pain to do neatly.
  4. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    They quoted for painting the walls then papering the walls, hmm... did they have stetsons on?
  5. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Actually they didn't, they have quoted to paper and then paint, which is different so nah.
  6. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Depends on the cracks, but it ain't that hard. Get the right tools (proper plastering trowels for a start!) and its more sort of fiddly and time consuming than actually difficult.
  7. walker

    walker New Member

    Bromley, Kent
    if the cracks are small enough why not just go over them with polyfilla? I did my whole front room, inlcuding flooring for around £500, that included paper, paint sanding down of skirts the lot. take a couple of days off work to do it if you want it that bad.
  8. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Plastering can't be hard. Just learn it, practice on a surface you're not that bothered about. Even if it is hard to get a smooth finish, just whack loads more than you need on and then sand it down once it's dried.
  9. postman

    postman Legendary Member

    Meanwood ,Leeds
    Try down at your local R.M. office one or two guys might like to earn a few quid on the side during the strike.May get it a lot cheaper.Yes i am being serious.Some lads have other talents on the side.
  10. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member


    Famous last words.
  11. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    If the cracks are due to un-taped joints between plasterboards, then the plaster needs removing around the crack (2" or so for the tape), the joints taped, and the 2" strip to be replastered to match-in. If you just polyfilla or even paper over sich cracks, you'll soon be seeing them again!

    I have just had quotes for doing a small cloakroom toilet, a small main bathroom and an ensuite, ie ripping out the old, installing new kit, tiling...without the baths/showers etc..... Am now looking at a part DIY solution.


    Andy, cost of tradesmen here is unbelievable IF they have time to fit you in.
    BTW, YHM
  12. User482

    User482 Guest

    I've tried doing plastering - it's hard. Sanding it down makes it look like a right dogs dinner. Ok if you're going to paper over it I suppose.
  13. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    hmmm... sure I could master it with a bit of practice.

    They might well, but how do you know they're going to be any better at it than you are?
  14. User482

    User482 Guest

    I had a joiner in at the weekend to fit wooden kitchen worktops. He said to me "why do people think that they can do my job well - I wouldn't be able to do theirs". Wise words indeed.
  15. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    I wonder if you could master a frontal lobotomy on yourself - or maybe you already have;):blush:
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