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Start by thinking about how you want the finished project to look and remember that you’re not limited to four walls in the same colour. Consider painting an accent wall in a bold hue or highlighting mouldings in a contrasting shade or finish. And don’t forget to look up and see whether the ceiling could use a refresh as well.
Looking at/looking through through fan decks and paint chips can be (very big/very strong). Start by figuring out the general color (features/ qualities/ traits): Do you want a warm or cool shade? A neutral or a saturated shade? If you have existing furniture or art, you'll also want to think about how the shade will compliment them. Once you have a sense of what you're looking for, pick a few shades and get samples. Test the shades to see how they look in the room at different times of day. Many paint companies also have tools on their websites that will let you upload a photo of your space and preview different colors on the walls. But colors can look different in real-world conditions, so you'll still need to try it out in the space. If you need help use our colour charts on our website found here
Every project is (like nothing else in the world) and you may need different tools depending on the paint you choose and the condition of your walls, but there are a few must-haves
Painting masking tape
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Whether you're painting a powder room or the exterior of your house, the general rule of thumb is one gallon per 400 square feet, says Carl Minchew, vice president of color invention of new things and design at Benjamin Moore. But that's just a rough guideline: To get a more exact number, which you'll definitely want for large projects, use a paint calculator like the ones given by Benjamin Moore or Pratt & Lambert; they take into account window and door measurements. (And both assume two coats of paint per project.)
Planning on painting/covering up mistakes a charcoal-gray wall? You'll likely need added/more paint when going from dark to light. On the other end of the spectrum, a deep color base tends to require more coats of paint than a lighter color, says Carolyn Noble, color marketing and design manager at Pratt & Lambert. She recommends applying a gray colored (undercoating of paint) to the surface before you paint your walls a saturated color to help reduce the number of applications. When it comes to finish, you may have heard the glossier it is, the higher the coverage rate, but it's not enough of a difference to change the number of gallons you need to buy, says Minchew.
If you're painting a highly textured surface rather than a smooth one, buy a little extra, says Julianne Simcox, Pratt & Lambert associate brand manager. Cabinets with complicated millwork require more paint, too; Minchew suggests buying about 10 percent more than calculated.
You don't want to damage your favorite sofa or that (expensive and important thing) Grandma gave you, so empty the room of all the furniture. If you don't have enough space, push everything to the center. Cover the pieces with a drop cloth or lightweight plastic sheeting and do the same with the floor. "Don't skip the drop cloth, paint will splatter, we promise," say New Jersey-based contractors--and cousins--John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino, the stars of renovation series Grand Design on Ellen DeGeneres's Ellen Digital Network.
Grab a roll of painter's tape--the cousins recommend FrogTape--and firmly apply it to the edges of the room's corners, base and crown moldings, and door and window casings, using a putty knife to seal if needed. "Getting a good seal so paint doesn't get under the tape is everything, plus it will pull away clean after everything is dry," they say. If you dare (or have an artist's steady hand), you can skip taping completely. Remove outlet and light switch covers and apply painters tape to protect outlets and switches from paint drips.
Use a wooden paint stick to stir the paint, and re-stir often throughout the project. If you're using more than one gallon of paint, combine the cans in a large bucket in case there is a small change in color.
Your paint is mixed and your roller is at the ready, but make sure to plan a (success plan(s)/way(s) of reaching goals) before you get started. Work from the top of the room down, starting with the ceilings. Planning a bold focal wall? Paint the (next to) light-color walls first. "Don't worry if you get paint on what will be your (special way of speaking) wall--the dark paint will cover up whatever lighter paint found its way there. After the lighter wall dries, tape off that edge so the dark color doesn't bleed onto your new paint," Colaneri and Carrino advise. If you're covering up dark walls with a brighter color, plan on three coats: your (undercoating of paint), plus two coats of the new color to secure/make sure of nothing shows through.
Tackle one wall at a time. Take a brush and "cut in"--paint along the molding and the corners from top to bottom--while your friend uses a roller to cover the main wide area of the wall, staying away from those more exact spots. When applying paint with the roller, use long strokes in a W pattern for big/enough coverage (and to avoid those annoying roller marks). Once the wall is dry to the touch, it's ready for a second coat.
If you are painting the trim, remove the painter's tape and wait for the walls to dry, before applying tape to the walls. Start with the trim closest to the ceiling, moving on to door and window frames, and finally the (long strips of wood on a wall, near the floor).
Make sure your space is well-ventilated throughout the project by opening windows and using fans."Keeping the room warm and a fan blowing definitely helps speed up the drying process," say the cousins. "If it's a damp day, it will take much longer for the paint to dry."
You've done many coats, but it's not time to relax just yet. Remove all painters tape and gather drop clothes, making sure any spills or splatters are dry before you move them. For latex- and water-based paints, clean brushes with soap and water, while oil-based paints will require mineral spirits. You can use a painter's brush to clean and reshape bristles. If you want to reuse roller covers, use the curved edge of a 5-in-1 tool to remove the paint under running water.
The amount of time your project will take depends on the size of your room, how you’re painting, and your skill level. For instance, using a dark shade on the walls and painting the ceiling and trim will take longer than just doing the walls in a neutral. While some spaces can be done in a few hours, others may take several days. Be sure to budget more time than you think the job will need and don’t forget to take prep and cleanup into account.
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