Do-It-Yourself Interior Painting

Real Estate

Happy February!   With the  weather warming up I am ready for Spring cleaning.....and what more affordable way to give your home a refreshing new look than a paint job.

First you will need to know how much paint you will need for you painting project.  To estimate how much paint you’ll need, multiply the perimeter of the room by the height of the walls, which will give you the square footage of your room. For ceilings, simply multiply the length by the width. A gallon of paint typically covers 350-450 square feet. You’ll want to overestimate a bit to account for later touch-ups. 

Next which type of paint.  Latex, or water-based paints, are usually used where there won’t be much need for washing. Enamels, or oil-based paints are used for woodwork and other areas where there might be a lot of handprints. They are easy to clean because of their glossy finish. You’ll find a lot of enamel paint in bathrooms and kitchens for this reason.  Latex vs Enamel Paint: Which is Better?

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Painting can be a good time, provided that you have prepared the walls properly, have the right tools for the job and you have adequate time to do the job right. Remember: start at the top and work your way down – ceiling, walls, trim. After ceilings and walls, it’s time to paint the trim. After protecting floors and walls with tape (use tape on newly painted walls only after 24-48 hours), you’ll start with the edge closest to the wall. Using a 2- or 3-inch brush, apply the paint, being careful not to glob on too much. Remember to paint top to bottom, doing the baseboards last.

For water-based paints, use plain soapy water to wash your brushes and rollers. For oil-based paints, you’ll need to use paint thinner and soap and water.

Leftover paint can be stored successfully for years without degrading its quality. Cover the top of the can with plastic wrap then replace the lid tightly and store upside down. Don’t forget to mark the can with the room, color and date the paint was purchased.

Happy Painting!  

Susan Durfee