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Interior Painting 101

Painting an interior can be a scary task, but what better time to tackle those painting projects than now?

With the right tools, and a little know how, painting indoors can be a great experience, and you can get the stunning result you hope for.

We've summarized a few of our tips and trips below, from our very own paint specialists here at True Value! Read here, then comment below with your projects and photos!

Step 1:

Measure your square footage. Knowing how much area you need to cover will help you figure out how much paint you need, and can save you money and time in the long run. After all, who wants to make an extra trip in the middle of a painting project to grab more paint! Here's some general rules of thumb:

*1 Gallon of paint covers approx. 400 square feet.

*1 Quart covers approx. 100 square feet

*1 Pint Covers approx. 50 square feet.

Hint: If you need multiple cans of the same color, but not quite a full 5 gallon quantity, buy an empty bucket and mix your single gallons together. This will help ensure your color is consistent.

Step 2:

Remove all light and outlet covers. This will save you frustration when painting near these areas, and help give some nice clean borders.

Step 3:

Clean & prep your walls. Make sure to fill any holes with spackle and sand down the surface.

Make sure to fill any holes with spackle and sand down the surface. Be sure to wash your walls after so that your primer an paint have good adhesion. Use generic cleaner and a soft cloth with water to clean.

Step 4:

Gauge the texture/roughness of your walls. Getting a thicker nap on a roller cover will help spread paint for surfaces that are rough or textures.

Step 5:

Utilize painters tape and drop cloths. Spending a little time taping off a room will save you a lot of time in the longrun. Any transition (corners, trim, etc) should be taped off to ensure straight, solid lines.

For your protuection, gloves, coveralls, and shoe cuards can all make it easier for drips and/or mishaps. You can also get a respirator mask to help with paint fumes.

Hint: If you're painting with oil-based paint, use a mask rated R95 or higher to keep out oil-based particles.