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Freshen up with paint

June 7, 2013


You can freshen up just about any room with a new paint job. It doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. Don’t get overwhelmed with the painting because you don’t know the basics or don’t have the proper tools and knowledge. Painting can be relaxing and is very rewarding. You get to see what you did for a long time (hopefully not too many of you screamed when you read that). With that little knowledge you can take some of the scary stuff out of painting.

A gallon of interior paint costs anywhere from $12-$50 or more, depending on the quality. Painting a 12×12 foot room, both walls and ceiling, will most likely cost around $25-$100. Add to that the cost of your primer, brushes, rollers, drop cloths and other miscellaneous items ($10-$50).

  1. Hiring a contractor to paint for you will cost approximately $200 – $400 for the same 12×12 room. This does not include the price of painting the ceiling.
  2. Remember the saying “you get what you pay for”, if you buy cheap paint you will get cheap results. My favorite paint is from Sherwin Williams but Home Depot and Lowe’s also have good quality paints at a fair price.
  3. Painting requires prep work. If you want the job done right you want to be sure to tape the edges, remove door handles, remove the switch plate covers (TURN OFF THE ELECTRICITY) and other decorative fixtures.
  4. Do not take shortcuts with supplies: cheap paint brushes leave streaky marks and lose the bristles, cheap paint rollers leave fuzz on the wall, and cheap paint will take more than one coat.
  5. Cover all furniture and flooring with something that will not let the paint go through to what is below.
  6. Paint all crown molding, baseboards and wainscoting.

Hint: A quote from a contractor for painting may be cheaper in the winter, early spring or late fall (off-season.

Okay, now go on and paint that room or call someone else to do the work for you. You know the basics and can make an informed choice.

To freshening up with paint,

Jo Ellen Soesbee, the ToolBox TomGirl


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