It’s true, not everyone can be Michelangelo and paint the Sistine Chapel. But, if you’ve got the color, a free weekend and your own two hands, there’s no reason you can’t transform your own home into a DIY masterpiece.
These FAQ’s can put you on the path to painting perfection:
What type of paint is best?
There are two basic types: oil based and water-based paint. When painting a room, modern water-based paint dries faster, has less odor and has plenty of gloss and wipeability. You’ll find it hard to go wrong with a matte or eggshell finish.
How much paint do I need?
The general rule is to use one gallon for every 350 square feet or surface area. Sherwin-Williams.com allows you to type your wall dimensions into their paint calculator. Always buy an extra quart for touch-ups later on.
What about a primer?
There is no need for primer unless walls are badly stained, marked up with spackle from patching or you’re painting a light color over a dark one.
What’s the step-by-step?
- Clean dusty ceiling corners and baseboards.
- Apply painter’s tape. Start in a corner and take your time tearing off tape strips (about 2-3 feet long).
- Put down drop cloths.
- Before you lift a roller, “cut” all corners in the room. Roll away!