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Paint Makes the Difference Part 4

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Knowing Which Room

When considering painting for home improvement, it is always important to have an idea of how a particular room will be utilized. This is also very critical for choosing the right paint. In functional rooms like kitchen, baths and bedrooms, for example, you might want durability and easy maintenance first. In more decorative rooms, such as living rooms, master bedrooms or dining rooms, note that appearance is often the key factor. And, in a child’s room, safety is very critical. So, choose the right paint that suits best on every room.

Be Brand Conscious and Meticulous

So you’ve made a clear decision regarding the type of paint. The next thing to do now is to go with reputable brands. Of course, you need to tailor your choices to the project, but avoid wasting your time, effort and money on low-quality paint. There are a lot of significant differences between cheap and quality paints, and these differences are often seen in characteristics such as washability and hiding. There is also a possibility that you’ll find a more extensive color palette in the quality lines.

Lastly, always remember to check the warrantee on the label, which is a benchmarking device that typically provides you a fair measure of the differences between quality levels of different paints.

Estimating House Paint Quantity

So, you’ve learned a lot of about the types of paint, the quality, and some factors to consider when choosing the right paint. Now, let us figure out how much paint you will need for your home improvement project.

The first thing to do to identify the needed quantity of paint is to know the square footage of the area to be painted, as well as the spread rate of the paint. Note that the spread rate is typically about 400 square feet to the gallon. But, still check the can to be sure.

Now, how to determine the square footage?

Here are steps that you should follow:

Start by measuring the width of each wall.
If done, add the figures together and multiply the total by the height of the surface.
Estimate how much of this area will not be painted. To do this, take into account the fireplaces, wallpapers, windows, and some sections that you will paint separately, like the trim.
If the surfaces account for 10 percent or more of the room, deduct the square footage from the total.
Divide the total square footage by the spread rate of the paint.
Calculate the amount of trim paint separately, or expect that you will utilize about a quarter as much trim paint as wall paint.

That’s simply it!