Interior House Painting

Painting a House Interior

1. Paint A gallon of paint covers about 400 square feet. To figure how much you need, add up the lengths of all your walls, then multiply that sum by the room's height. Subtract 20 square feet for each door and 15 for each window. Divide the result by 400 to get the number of gallons you'll need for one coat. Most walls will need two coats.

For the trim in most rooms, one or two quarts should suffice. If your room has a lot of molding, you may need more. If you think you'll need more than two quarts, it is almost always more cost-effective to buy a gallon.

2. 120-Grit silicon-carbide sandpaper Get about a dozen sheets and cut them to fit the pole sander or fold them for hand sanding.

3. Sanding sponges Get three coarse-grit and three fine-grit sponges.

4. Large cleaning sponge

5. latex painter's caulk Get one tube per room.

6. Patching compound To fill holes.

7. Primer One quart will cover patches, but you'll need more to prime entire walls.

8. Painter's tape or blue tape for protecting hardware and trim.

9. Bucket and tray liners

10. Roller covers Use a shorter nap ⅜ inch) for latex paint on smooth walls; a longer nap (½-inch and up) is best for rougher surfaces.

Source: www.thisoldhouse.com
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