Q: How much paint do I need to buy to paint a room?
A: Measure the length of each wall and add them together; multiply this times the height of the room. Measure the door and window openings and subtract them rom the total. If the ceiling is being painting then measure the length times width and add to the total square footage. You will get roughly 350 sq/ft out of a gallon.
Things to consider:
Will the color cover in 1 coat? If it does not cover, don't forget to account for this when buying paint. Additionally, the second coat tends to use up slightly less paint then the first coat.
What is the surface of the wall like? Walls that have previously been painted with a glossy finish like eggshell or semi-gloss will suck up a lot less paint then walls with no sheen. Dry walls that have no gloss will suck up more paint. Rough surfaces like cinder block or foundation tend to suck up more paint.
Rule of thumb for an average bedroom: If you are doing 1 coat of paint on walls, a gallon should do it. If you are doing 2 coats on walls for an average bedroom, you most likely will need 2 gallons.
Q: How do I prep a room before painting?
A: Properly prepping a room before painting will make or brake the job. The idea is to get the walls as smooth as you can and to eliminate cracks and openings before applying the finish paint.
First, examine the walls. Are there big holes or dents that need patched with spackle? Is there water damage or peeling paint? Are their cracks between the baseboard and the wall? Are there water stains or bare drywall that will need sealed out with primer?
Start with the things that will take the longest to dry.
Deeper holes that need patched are usually first. As you are patrolling the walls for holes that need patched, you should also be searching for other imperfections that can be sanded out with sandpaper. It is good practice to give the walls a light sand to catch unwanted bumps and boogers on the walls that may be hard to see. Remember, if imperfections get overlooked now, they will stand out like a sore thumb after you apply the finish paint.
After sanding the walls and patching the holes it is a good idea to caulk the baseboard and/or crown molding to eliminate cracks and let the caulking dry while you finish the rest of the prep. Be sure to let the caulking dry before you paint it or else it will crack out.
After you have acknowledged the imperfections by sanding, patching, and caulking it is a good time to spot areas like water stains, bare drywall or bare wood that will bleed through the finish coat.
I cannot stress the importance of prepping walls before paint. A good paint job is only as good as the prep job. However, a good prep job can leave your paint job looking like new. It is amazing how a good prep job and paint job can absolutely transform a room.
Excerpt from - inPaint The Magazine for Professionals Oct/Nov 2015
For over 30 years, D.L. Richie Paint'n Decorating has been on the same busy corner in Bethel Park, PA, a suburb south of Pittsburgh. The company put up it's paint (and wallpaper and carpet and flooring and window treatment) store in 1984, and that was after spending 21 years before that as a paint contracting company. Now, you can get both; get paint at their store and hire them to paint your house.
"My dad started in 1963 as a painting contractor," said store owner David Richie Jr. "In 1984 we opened up a retail location and we've been doing both ever since. My son Doug is coming into the business and will be the third generation. He graduated from Duquesne and is taking a year off at this point," said Richie. "He'll be back here in December ready to rock and roll."
Richie is excited about the extra help as business is booming, and part of that is thanks to his son's college degree. "Doug got a degree in advertising and marketing and he immediately got us on Facebook and Twitter and got an awesome website going," said Dave. And he knows his paint too. He's got ten years contracting experience as well. Visit the site at dlrichie.com and the first thing you see? D.L. Richie Jr., with a smile and a quote of "How can I help you?" before you get in the door--before you even get out of your own door. "My face pops up," he chuckles. "it's informative if you call me for an estimate, since when I come to your house you can immediately place the name with the face." Along with that is information about all the services offered and the products they use to do it. Occasional blog posts give homeowners helpful tips and industry news.
Staying in place
D.L. Richie Paint'n Decorating's growing long roots in one location, as well as its success on both sides of the counter, has helped solidify its reputation. As with any successful dealer, people come for the advice. "We know what we're talking about," said Richie. "We're pretty much up to date on product knowledge and application. People want to know how do I paint a wall, do I need this tape, what about this tray?"
By sticking with Devoe through its journey of being acquired by one company and then another, Richie wound up being a dealer for a hometown company Pittsburgh Paints. There's a certain advantage to having one of the world's largest companies right up the road. "Devoe was originally in Louisville and it was always a bit of a battle trying to sell the Devoe name along with the paint," Richie recalled. "Now we're hoping with the PPG logo it will sell more--hometown paint, hometown dealer. We're sure it can't hurt any."
Devoe is one of those products, he pointed out, that has quality in the can but not necessarily the name recognition that goes with it--which helps make it at home in an independent store where the staff can educate customers on the quality of the brand. "PPG changed a couple things but kept more of it the same and put the PPG logo on it, "he observed. "They combined a couple products to lower the number of SKUs they would have to make and sell." Richie is happy with how things came out, and it happy to be part of the PPG network.
Give by the Gallon
Getting involved with PPG Pittsburgh Paints, the PPG brand available exclusively to independent dealers, also helped get him involved in a local charitable project, which is how he came to our attention. Better yet, he helped himself by helping others. "Paint For a Change" is a nationwide initiative funneled through PPG Dealers to help rehabilitate community structures in need of paint restoration. "It was developed as part of the brand's commitment to locally-owned business and to help local retailers give back to their communities," the company describes.
Richie had been involved in some community projects, but nothing on this scope. When his PPG Pittsburgh Paints rep approached him with this, it eventually allowed him top do a spruce up of Peters Creek Baptist Church, which he and his family attend.
The church was first established in 1773, a mere 19 years after Devoe Paint started; the buildings in user now date from the 1930s up through 1966 so they most likely needed a little help. Pastor Greg Adkins welcomed the chance for an update. When first approached by Pittsburgh Paints about Paint for a Change, the store staff bandied bout a few ideas for projects, but none of them seemed suitable. Then Richie asked Adkins if he would be open to a bit of repainting. At first they weren't planning a large make over, just a couple bathrooms, a hallway and a multi-purpose room.
Looking ahead, Richie sees a bright future and is excited to have his son join the crew. His father, David Richie Sr., still comes in every day at age 81. This store is one of the new re-generation of independents that has weathered every storm that's come its way in come out stronger.
"We are doing very well," he reports. "We have been for the last couple years. When the crunch was here, no one was doing well. Probably the biggest challenge we have now is trying to keep up. I'm looking forward to my son back in here and taking on some things."
Richie doesn't spend a lot on advertising. It's expensive, even though he commented that if you say something long enough in an ad--even if it's "we'll install your carpet for $39.95," people will eventually beliee it and come by to check it out. He attributes his success to good people, good location, and a good reputation that's now going on 52 years. "We sit on a rather busy corner. We have some trucks and out storefront and I tink a big part of our success is that people see we're here."
Wallpaper removal is one of those jobs that everyone hates. However, there are some steps you can take to make your life a little easier.
First things first, you are going to need a chemical sprayer, like this one. You don't have to get fancy with it. Just a simple pump action sprayer. Also, get yourself a good clean broad knife. It is easier and more efficient than using a smaller puddy knife.
Second, get a good wallpaper removal solution. Wallwik makes a good product. Also, DIF Wallpaper Solution. Add about a 6 to 8 ounces of solution to 2 gallons of hot water in the sprayer.
Third, go ahead and soak the room. You want to spray the wall enough that the liquid isn't pouring down onto the floor, but enough that the wall is definitely getting saturated. Go around the whole room for an initial soaking.
The trick is to keep the wallpaper moist. As soon as it dries you are back to square one. After you went around the room 1 full time, do it again. The goal is to let the solution soak into the paste. The procedure is a series of soaking the wall and giving the paste time to activate.
If you soak the wall and jump right into scraping, times are going to be tough. The longer the paste has to activate (say 20-30 minutes of spraying), the easier the paper will come off.
Wallpaper scoring tools are popular. However, I would not jump right into using one of these. They are only good for a last resort, after you have tried to soak and remove the paper and nothing is working. If you use one of these first, any chances you have in peeling the paper or backing off in 1 full sheet will be ruined. Additionally, if you press to hard you can actually damage the wall behind the paper.
Fourth, When you think the paper is good and soaked and paste has had proper time to absorb the solution pick a corner and test how the paper is going to come off.
Typically the paper will come off in 3 ways. And they all have different methods for removal.
1. The face of the paper and the backing come off together. Hot damn, you lucky dog. Not every job will be like this. In fact, only the rare and lucky jobs are like this. After you remove the paper and backing. Get a bucket with hot water and solution and scrub the remaining paste off the walls with a rag or sponge.
2. The face of the paper will come off and the backing is sticking to the wall. Go around the whole room and get the face of the paper off. Go back to where you started and begin soaking the backing. Go all the way around the room soaking the backing. Start where you began. Pick a corner at the top, and carefully remove the backing in one full sheet. There might be some paste left on the wall. Get a bucket with hot water and solution and scrub the remaining paste off the walls with a rag or sponge. Use your broad knife for tricky areas.
3. The face of the paper or the backing aren't coming off no matter what you do. The paper is absolutely welded to the wall and nothing is working. Fear not! Remember the scoring tool I told you not to use? Now is the time. You need to create small scratched in the paper. Like I said, the goal is to allow the solution to penetrate and activate the paste. Be careful you don't gouge the wall. You will need to use a broad knife to scrape the paper and excess paste off the wall.
Finally, after you went around the room and scrubbed all the adhesive off the wall. Give the room some time to dry before giving the walls a light sand to remove any unwanted burrs or texture.
Keep in mind that Wallpaper removal isn't the easiest or cleanest job. But its not impossible. You just need the right tools and some elbow grease.
Mohawk Carpet puts their money where their mouth as they test SmartStrand. This is a cool video. Not even 10,000 MUDDY FOOTPRINTS can't leave a mark on this STAIN PROOF Carpet! Impressive.
This coming January 2015 PPG Pittsburgh Paints will be launching their new lines of paint. This, of course, is a result of the buy that occurred this past year when PPG Pittsburgh Paint bought out Devoe Paint.
It is a sad thing to see the old reliable paint brand get bought up. Being, Devoe paint was the best paint ever made. It covered better, filled better, held up better, and went on easier than any other paint on the market. However, Devoe Paint isn't quite dead yet.
PPG will keep Devoe products, while rebranding them. Some products will keep the same paint formula while representing a new PPG label, and others will have new formulas and new PPG labels. Here is a breakdown...
New "enhanced" paint formula products:
-Regency Paint + Primer In One Interior and Exterior
-WONDER-PURE and WONDER-PURE PRIMER
- KILSTAIN WB Primer (Noooooo!)
"Same Great" Formula Products:
-High Hiding Primer
It's a shame PPG is changing the KILSTAIN WB Primer. That stuff it is the greatest, being as thick as pancake batter. Hopefully the "enhanced" products are as good or better than the old Devoe formulas.
Mohawk SmartStrand Carpet the future of carpet. Don't be fooled by other stain proof carpets, Mohawk and invented a new fiber called triexta. Mohawk exclusively owns the right to use triexta fibers in their SmartStrand carpet. So be weary, any "stain-proof" claims that aren't coming from Mohawk are phoney!
We have been installing this product for years, and never have had one callback! Mohawk address things like Red Wine and Yellow Mustard by name in the warranties. Good luck finding another brand that does that!
I'll say it again, Mohawk SmartStrand is the future of carpet. It is an honest product with nothing to hide.
The Wooster Ultra/Pro Extra-Firm Cut Brush. Aw what a fine brush indeed. Our guys have been using this brush in the field since it came to the market a few years ago. We typically use the 2 1/2 cut brush for interior walls and trim, and the 3 inch for interior ceilings and exterior work.
Reasons why we use Wooster Extra-Firm brushes.
1. These brushes are nice and stiff, so they allow you to lay the paint off the brush just how you want it. This makes it easy to make straight lines while cutting into tough areas like the ceiling.
2. They hold a lot of paint. One major difference between a good brush and a not so good brush is the amount of paint that it can hold. If a brush is anything like the Wooster Ultra/Pro Extra-Firm it allows you to put more paint on the wall per dip, cutting down wasted time, and maximizing efficiency.
3. Finally, this Wooster series is durable. If you are nice to this brush, it will be nice back. Meaning, if you clean this brush every time you use it (like actually use a wire brush and make sure you get all the paint out), and don't leave it baking in the sun, it will be easy to use.
Personally, there are a lot of terrible / cheap / poorly made brushes out there. The #Wooster Ultra/Pro Extra-Firm cut brush is not one. I use this brush in the field and would recommend it to anyone.