Make painting your house a social event

Ever heard of a paint party?

It might not be what you thought! There are plenty of 'paint parties' for kids, with canvases and washable paints, but this one is for the grown-ups.

Specifically, when you move into a new house, and want to start your interior design renovation with a bang by repainting every room.

Usually this could take weeks by yourself, depending on the size of your house, and after the first couple of rooms you'd probably end up with some pretty sore arms!

For those of us without weeks to wait, or Herculean arm muscles, we've got just the solution, and it's more fun than you'd think.

Make it a party.

Invite your friends – all of the ones who owe you a favour, or are obligated to turn up through their 'best friend' type status – and get them to give you a hand.

It will take a bit of trust, but once you have the preparation sorted (which shouldn't be too tough if you've just moved in and the place is clear of furniture and clean already), you'll be able to get this big job done in no time.

One piece of furniture you will need to set up out of harm's way is a stereo or speaker system. Organise a great painting playlist and turn it up loud enough for everyone to hear – without blasting your neighbours.

Speaking of neighbours, if you're lucky they might be kind enough to lend a hand for an hour or two. It's a great opportunity to get to know them and it will open up plenty of opportunities to invite them over for the housewarming once you're done.

Don't forget to put on a lunch spread, and provide plenty of drinks for your crew to keep the energy up and provide them with some edible thanks!

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