At some point in time, you're going to want to spruce up a room in your home, and a great way to do that is by repainting it. Adding a fresh coat of paint and changing the color of the walls can take a room from drab to fab.
Make your home office pop by adding a teal accent wall, paint your master bedroom gray to give it a calm, romantic vibe or simply repaint a room with the same color to give it a fresh, clean look. We spoke with a Lowe's paint expert and asked him some common questions in regard to sprucing up a room.
Paint expert: Primer is a sealant that allows the paint to grasp and stick onto the surface better than, say, an unprimed wall or piece of wood. It's not always necessary to prime before painting. For example, if the room has already been painted and you're just repainting it, you can skip the primer but will want to do two coats of paint.
Paint expert: About $80 to $90, but this can vary depending on the size of room, brand of paint you buy and if you need to buy a ladder, etc.
Paint expert: Two gallons of paint (depending on room size), a brush, a roller, a handle for the roller, a tarp and painting tape. You can buy a kit for $25 that has everything except the paint.
Paint expert: A five-gallon bucket with a paint grid in the bucket. Most people work out of a paint tray, which can be messy and slow. By putting the paint in a five-gallon bucket, you're able to work more efficiently and put less stress on your body. Another tool would be an extension pole. This allows you to paint the higher parts of the wall much quicker than if you needed to climb up and down a ladder.
FYI: An extension pole won't eliminate the need for a ladder. A ladder will still be needed when cutting in where the wall meets the ceiling.
Paint expert: To do two coats just on the walls would take a beginner about five or six hours, including dry time between the coats.
Paint expert: Prep:
Paint expert: Use a caulk gun and quality masking tape. This gives you extremely straight lines even if you're not a great painter. Painting by hand can be tricky, and more often than not the lines are crooked. Straight, crisp lines will make the room look like it was professionally painted.
How to use a caulk gun and quality masking tape:
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