About a month ago, I decided it was time to give my flat a makeover. After all, I never really did anything to spruce it up when I moved in almost 2 years ago. While my flat isn't all that big, I at least wanted to do something to not make it look so cramped and shabby.
I realized that the first thing I needed to do was clear out all of the stuff I didn't really need around. When I was done with that, I got a good look at my surroundings and realized what I really needed to do was give the walls a fresh look. Problem was, I didn't really have the budget to hire a contractor to get the job done. Naturally, the only solution was to do it myself.
I discussed the idea with a couple of friends who have done some DIY home improvements in the past and got useful pieces of advice. However, they also told me that the first thing I needed to do was do a little research on how to DIY. Since I decided I didn't want to go with the traditional route of using paint rollers and brushes, I researched on other options. That's when I found out about paint spraying.
Here's the thing though, I know nothing about working with a paint sprayer. Yes, there are a ton of information on the internet but being the bookworm that I am, I decided to invest in a couple of books about spray painting. Here are my recommendations on the top 3 books about spray painting in no particular order:
Spray Finishing by Andy Charron
This is probably the best book for people who, like me, know absolutely nothing about spray painting. Andy Charron explains everything from the different types of surfaces to types of paint. He also gives recommendations for paint sprayer equipments beginners can use. The problem is though, the recommendations in this book aren't updated and there are probably better spray paint machines now out in the market. However, Andy Charron gives very detailed explanations on why he recommended a particular product. When I was shopping around for the best paint sprayer for my project, I knew what to look for because of the tips he provided.
Spray Finishing Made Simple by Jeff Jewitt
This book was written by Jeff Jewitt, a professional woodworker. It probably wasn't what I was looking for since I wasn't really planning on painting my furniture or anything. But one of the reasons why I am recommending this book is because it actually comes with an instructional DVD. Along with the details Jeff Jewitt wrote, I also got to see him in action on the DVD. This helped me understand spray finishing even better. It was also because of this book that I got the courage to also give my wooden furniture a makeover.
Alternative Art Surfaces: Mixed-Media Techniques for Painting on More Than 35 Different Surfaces by Sandra Duran Wilson
The main reason why I bought this book was because I was toying with the idea of unleashing my inner Picasso on my living room wall. I'm not an artist by any means but I knew what I liked. I wanted to add an accent wall in the living room to give it a bit of a character. This book helped me achieve the look that I wanted without needing to shell out thousands of dollars to pay for a professional artist.