Tuesday, October 23, 2007

20 Bucks Changes The Whole Room

Ok.....so you don't have a lot of money and you really want a new look for your room. Painting the room changes the look completely without spending lots of money.

What You Will Need:

Before you paint........
You may need primer
spackle and a putty knife
painter's tape (for those of you who don't have a steady hand)
drop cloth (.99 cents at Home Depot-plastic)
a ladder
cleaning supplies
for the princesses-rubber gloves

A roller frame
paint tray liners
paint tray
a really nice angled trim brush (I use and love the Perdys. They are pricey but if you clean them after use they will last for a long time).
regular brush
extention pole for ceilings and higher areas (use an old broomstick).

What kind of paint..........
Flat: no shine, washable and shows a minimum of imperfections.
Satin: durable, scrubbable with pearl-like sheen
Semi Gloss: very durable, stain resistant, scrubbable
High Gloss: maximum durability, stain resistant, scrubbable

How Much Paint?

How much paint you need depends on the size of the room, the condition of the wall surface, and the paint's spreading rate, which is given on the manufacturer's label.

Measure the total footage around the perimeter and multiply by the wall height in feet.
From this subtract 20 square feet for each door and 14 square feet for each window.
Divide by the spreading rate (usually 300 to 400 feet per gallon). That's the number of gallons you'll need.

There are tons of web sites available for this calculation and others. Don't forget this: the guys at the hardware store can help you too (if you can find one). If you do find someone they can usually answer any of your paint questions.

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