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Sprucing Up with Paint

July 28th, 2012 at 09:35 am

As a way to help our girls adjust to our new home we promised to paint their rooms. I did one yesterday and the other is half done at this point. One daughter picked the same color she had in the last house, which does remind us of the old house. The other picked a bold aqua color!

We needed to buy two gallons for each room. After the first room we did end up with half gallon left over. I expect the same for the second room. We always do two coats, but this paint from Lowe's seems to be covering pretty well after one. But since we bought it and can't return it we are using the second gallon. Lesson learned with this paint, we might just need one coat in future rooms! Sure saves time and money.

Do you do your own painting? Or do you hire it out? Or do you decorate in another way?

7 Responses to “Sprucing Up with Paint”

  1. Monkey Mama Says:

    I think we will be painting my son's room next week (long overdue!).

    Anything that requires a really tall ladder, we have hired out (living room and exterior). But the price of hiring out was extremely reasonable. I can handle a room "here and there" on my own. For the 8-foot-tall walls it is "do it ourselves."

    I got 2 gallons of *really nice* paint for $1 from a neighbor, for our last painting episode, and am hoping we can find a similar deal at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. But even paying full price for paint, it's a pretty inexpensive way to spruce up a room.

  2. Looking Forward Says:

    When we bought our house I washed, primed and painted all the rooms minus the two small bathrooms. When I was done I felt like I NEVER wanted to paint again! LOL! I think just doing a room here and there is very doable. I really like Behr paint it's thick and smooth. I just do a thick single coat.

  3. jolie Says:

    We always do our own painting. Everyone in the family does. If I had one of those houses with the giant two story great room though, I would probably get someone to do that room. They would have all the scaffolds needed. It's amazing what paint can do.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I used to do my own painting but I got tennis elbow a few years ago because of it, so I would not risk it again. The tennis elbow was painful to treat - I got two rounds of shots that hurt like the dickens, and of course it wasn't cheap either. My elbow is still a little temperamental, so I avoid any repetitive motions.

  5. snafu Says:

    We view painting as DIY. We spend one evening doing prep, moving furniture, patching divots, taping baseboard, removing cover plates & lighting, spreading drop cloths etc. We've been painting the ceiling a very pale tone of the room color and like the result. Day 2, starts with tinted undercoat with one doing brush work and the other rollering. That dries very fast so by mid morning we paint. By the end of the day we've the room back together.

    I watched the prep done by the pro hired by our older neighbor. He sprayed undercoat and two coats of paint on walls, closet doors & bdrm door rooms in one day around $100. per room, extra for prep/taping. It was beautiful work. My friends did all the small details like switch plates, nail holes etc which ratchets up your costs for pro painters.

  6. PNW Mom Says:

    We always do our own painting too.....many years ago we got the bug and painted our kitchen red! 4 coats later it actually looked red (and pretty nice too)....fast forward to 1 1/2 years ago....we remodeled our kitchen and repainted...lucky for us, Behr makes a great paint with primer in it....it only took 1 coat to cover the red! Pretty darn exciting! We also re-did dd2's room last year...she had an awful ugly somewhat bright green in her room....Behr to the rescue again! One coat later and it looked awesome!

  7. rob62521 Says:

    Depending on the room and difficulty, we do the painting unless it is a large room and lots of problems. But, it is nothing short of amazing of what a coat of paint can do!

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