|Choosing Your Paint:
Paint comes in a variety of finishes ranging from flat to
high gloss. The glossier the paint, the easier it is to
clean, but a flatter finish will make your walls look
richer. A good compromise is a satin or eggshell finish. It
is easy to clean with a reasonably rich look.
The next question to ask yourself is if you want to use
latex or oil based paint. Our choice is usually latex, as
the soap and water cleanup is easy, and it dries faster than
Choosing Your Paint Color: Color will be your hardest
choice. Your home store will have ideas and paint chips to
bring home. The paint chip in the store will almost never
look the same in your house due to different lighting. Bring
some sample chips home, and when youíve narrowed it down,
buy a small amount of the paint and cover a small area of
your wall with it. The paint chips you get from the store
will seldom give you an accurate idea of the color on a
whole wall. If you have your paint premixed, you cannot
return it, so be certain it is the color you want.
If you think you are sure of the color, and when you get it home, you find
it just doesnít work; there are a few things you can do to
remedy the situation. Go to your craft store and buy the 1
ounce containers of latex paint they sell for crafts. If you
need to tone it down, add some cream or brown to your
original paint and mix well. You canít return the paint, so
what have you got to lose? Just keep in mind that if you are
using multiple gallons of paint, you must add the same
amount to all the paint containers. Another solution is to
buy the one ounce craft paint and water it down. (one
tablespoon to 1 cup of water) Dip a rag into the mixture and
wash the wall to tone down a too bright color. Remember itís
only paint and you can always paint over it.
Tip: If you are covering a dark color with a lighter
color, go over the darker color with a coat of primer to
save yourself having to apply many coats of paint.
How Much Paint Do I Need: A gallon of paint covers
400 square feet, which means if your walls are 8ft. tall,
you can cover 50 feet of wall space.
Tools: painters tape, 2Ē angled brush, rollers,
roller extenders, paint trays, tarps, screwdriver,
Painting Preparation: Remove or cover any outlets,
light fixtures, etc. Tape around windows, doors, etc. to
protect any trim. Remove all small furniture, lamps, and
pictures. Lightly wipe down your walls to remove any loose
dust or dirt. Patch any holes. Lay tarps or plastic over the
floor and any large pieces of furniture left in the room.
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