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A Splash of Color: Fresh Paint Doesn't Have To Be a Stressful Situation

October 3, 2012
By IAN HICKS - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Adding a splash of color to your living space with a fresh coat of paint doesn't have to be a stressful experience, as long as you keep a few important things in mind.

Rob Biehl, store manager at Sherwin Williams in Elm Grove, has several helpful tips for those who may be tackling an interior redesign project for the first time.

"Work with gravity. If you're doing the whole room, do your ceiling first," Biehl said, noting working from top to bottom prevents wet paint from dripping onto already completed surfaces.

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Also, try to avoid the temptation of painting all the corners in a room first and then filling in the walls. Allowing a corner to dry before you paint the rest of the wall, Biehl said, can result in "hat-banding" - a strip at the top of a wall that is darker than the rest of the surface.

Biehl said the type of roller you should use depends on the surface you are painting. For stucco and other uneven surfaces, he recommends a heavier nap. But while thick rollers may be tempting because they hold more paint, he said smooth surfaces should be painted with a thinner nap.

"What happens is you get what's called an 'orange peel' effect," he said, pointing out thick rollers often leave dimples and pockmarks on smooth walls similar to those seen on the surface of an orange.

It's always best to apply a coat of primer first.

One gallon of paint is usually enough to apply a single coat to 350-400 square feet of surface area. For those not among the mathematically inclined, Biehl said a quick rule of thumb is one gallon per coat per room for an average-sized room.

It's best to set aside a weekend or a day off from work to complete the task. Don't try to fit a few minutes of painting here or there into a busy schedule, as doing so can yield uneven results.

"At a bare minimum, you want to complete a whole wall before you move on," said Biehl.

It shouldn't take much more than a few hours to apply a single coat of paint to most rooms, Biehl, said, though rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens that have lots of cabinets and other obstacles may take a bit longer.

 
 
 

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