Did you know one gallon of paint typically covers 400 square feet of living space with two full coats? If you’re not entirely sure which color you want, ask for small samples and try them out on the wall before you commit.
If You Plan to Do it Yourself:
Painting can be fun, but before you grab a roller spend some time planning; making a list of the appropriate products and supplies for your project.
Force yourself to focus on the prep work that will ultimately make the overall job and the clean-up much easier. Wiping, repairing or sanding surfaces; protecting floors, furnishings and fixtures; taping off trim and edges – all of theses tasks can matter as much as the paint itself when the results are in.
Use primer if needed. Some special undercoatings help to cover dark paint, smooth out rough surfaces or resist moisture.
Fortunately, novices can easily find detailed instructions and “how-to” videos on the websites of major paint companies, on Youtube, or by accessing online home improvement resources like hgtv.com, diynetwork.com or thenest.com.
Accidents are common, so be careful! Each year, more than 90,000 people receive treatment in the emergency room for ladder-related injuries. Make certain to wear shoes that won’t slip, and don’t climb to the highest rug or lean to the side.
Lead Based Paint
If your home was built before 1978, consider having a qualified lead specialist check for the presence of the harmful metal and recommend precautions. It’s safest to wear a respirator mask and eye protection whenever you sand or scrape areas with old paint. You can also check out the Environmental Protection Agency’s lead paint guidelines at www.epa.gov/lead.
Credits: Buffini & Company; Picture: diynetwork.com