As you plan your next painting project, you want to be sure you select the right paint for your property. Typically, the
first thing people like to think about is the interior paint colors and color schemes. However, you also want to get the
right finish and primer and have enough paint for the job.
Purchase Enough Paint For Your Project
Generally, a gallon of top-quality
paint should cover 250 to 400 square feet. If you are painting a porous surface or covering a darker color you may
need extra paint. To be sure you have enough
paint to cover the wall and the room you are working on, use this formula:
Measure the perimeter of the entire room and the wall height
Multiply the perimeter by the height
Subtract the square footage of any doors and windows. Tip: average windows are 15 square feet and average doors are 20
Add the ceiling square footage, if needed
Once you know the square footage of the area you are painting, add about 25% to allow for accidental spills or touch-ups.
You will also want to ensure you have the right equipment on hand for the project. Learn how to build your
painter's tool kit and how to select the right
paint applicator for every task.
Color isn't the only choice to make when selecting
wall paint. The paint finish determines the sheen, durability, and ease of cleaning. Before choosing a paint finish,
consider the area you're painting. Is it a high traffic area that will need frequent cleaning such as kitchen or bathroom?
Or is it a more private space like an office or sleeping area?