How Much Paint Should I Get?
Add the lengths of each wall and multiply perimeter by total height of walls. Subtract the windows and door (Standard door - 20 square feet/Standard window - 15 square feet)
Most paint manufacturers claim 400 square feet per gallon. To be safe, estimate 300 square feet per gallon. In doubt? Round up, not down.
If you're not radically changing color, one coat should do the job. If you are radically changing color, especially to a darker color, then use 2-3 coats.
What type of paint should I use?
For Wood: Use satin on wood for a low luster finish.
For Ceilings: Flat
For Walls: Matte or flat
Matte and flat can be touched up without seeing the touch up due to oxidization.
Paints like egg shells can't be touched up. They require a coat to be applied to the entire surface and also require an additional coat to get their finish right.
Gloss also requires perfect walls: the shinier the paint, the more imperfections you see.
Step #2: Protect the Room
If you can, remove the furniture. If you can't, cover it with plastic drop cloths. Use a plastic or canvas drop cloth on your floor as well.
Remove all switch and outlet covers. (Place screws in an envelope so you don't lose them.) Remove any window hardware.
Protect lighting fixtures, hinges, and doorknobs with blue or green masking tape.
What Do I Paint First?
1. Paint the ceiling first (start by cutting off the corners with a 2" brush)
2. Then paint the walls
3. Then the baseboards and moldings
4. Then windows
5. Then doors, leaving the entry door last as you exit the room
Step #3: Painting Technique
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