A painter and decorator works with homeowners and commercial business managers to design and create a color/decoration scheme for homes and businesses. This usually means talking with a client to determine particular likes and dislikes in regard to interior design and decoration, making suggestions, and creating an overall project plan that meets the needs of the client. Some clients have clear ideas for their project, while others may want the painter to take the lead and be responsible for developing overall themes and designs. Either way, the position requires considerable experience with interior design, excellent decoration and aesthetic skills, and knowledge of materials and techniques.
Individuals who work as painters and decorators may be employed by a company and work as part of a team, or they may be independent contractors who work on their own or with an assistant. The position does not require specific formal education, though it's generally helpful to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Basic math and reading skills are required for safe and cost-effective planning for materials such as paint and fabric. A painter and decorator typically works independently, though an assistant may be required for some larger tasks such as painting or other manual labor. Depending on whether the painter is employed by a business or is independent, the painter may work as part of a larger team responsible for completing the painting/decorating project.
Painter And Decorator Tasks
Clean up and store paint and painting tools and equipment in appropriate areas.
Remove old finishes by stripping, sanding, wire brushing and burning.
Cover surfaces with appropriate material for protection during painting and post appropriate paint signs.
Apply primers or sealers to prepare new surfaces for finish coats.
Coordinate with vendor in order to modify colors of paint, stain or varnish.