DIY: The Perfect Room

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. 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!

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