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Getting Started With An Interior Painting Project – Picking Up The Basics

Alide Oortwijn

Are you planning an interior painting project for your home? If so, you want to make the supply trip once and get everything that you need during that one trip. What will you need to complete an interior painting project and how can you get through it with ease? Here, you'll find a few tips to help you get all of the right supplies.

Type of Paint

Most home improvement projects are completed with latex paint — some people prefer oil-based paints, but there's a lot more clean-up work that goes into using oil-based paint.

If you're going with latex paint, there are different finishes and formulas out there for you to choose from. Basically, the glossy and semi-gloss finishes are going to do well in your kitchen and bathroom where moisture and cleaning are daily events. Bedrooms, living rooms, hallways, and dining rooms can all be finished using eggshell, satin, or flat finishes. Just remember, the flatter the paint, the more blemishes it will hide, but the harder it will be for you to keep it clean.

Color Swatches

You will need to make at least 2 trips to the paint store — 1 trip to collect some color swatches to take home with you and the second trip to get the paint that you have chosen. You don't want to choose the paint color right there in the store for two reasons — the lighting is different than that in your home and the décor in the home can make the color appear different.

Take the color swatches home and tape them to the wall that you are painting. Wait a day and check the colors as the day goes by. As the sun changes position in the sky, the lighting in the room will change — you might like the color first thing in the morning, but when the sun begins to go down, will it still be desirable?


You will need painter's tape. Don't make the mistake of thinking that you have a steady enough hand to do the trim work without taping it off. You will spend more time undoing the messes that you make than you would have spent applying the tape.

After you know the type of paint that you'll be using, you'll be able to choose the brushes and rollers. Not every brush and roller is best to use with the different types of paint. Match the brushes and rollers with the type of paint listed on the packaging.

Use the professionals at the paint store to get all of your questions answered. If they don't know the answer, they'll find it for you.


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making your house a home

The place we call home should be just that - a home. You should feel nothing but comfort and peace when you are at home. The layout and the way that you decorate your home will have a significant impact on the level of comfort you experience. This blog will provide you with several tips that will help you create the most comfortable and inviting place to call home. By the time you reach the conclusion, you will have ideas swirling through your mind of what you will do to your home next to improve how it looks and feels.