So far our best purchase has been the shop vac sanding attachment (around $35 from amazon); with a HEPA filter in the vac, we’re getting no sanding dust in the house.
If you’re looking for an easy, affordable way to enhance your home, consider a refreshing paint job. Many people paint their home’s exterior to improve curb appeal, increase its real estate value, and protect it from the weather. Painting the interior is another great way to enhance your home’s look and feel. Plus, a new coat of paint can mitigate dust and dirt in your room and keep the people in your household healthy and clean. .
Higher quality paints last longer and are easier to clean. Always buy the best-quality paint you can afford. Below are the interior paint estimates per gallon. Interior Paint Prices Brand / Sheen Flat Eggshell Satin Semi-Gloss Valspar $15 – $55 $23 – $49 $27 – $50 $25 – $52 Glidden $18 – $40 $20 – $40 $23 – $29 $22 – $30 Behr $15 – $42 $18 – $44 $31 – $45 $20 – $46 Benjamin Moore $43 – $80 $43 – $80 $40 – $80 $43 – $80 Sherwin Williams $36 – $43 $38 – $45 $39 – $46 $40 – $47 Latex paint is typically used on walls and ceilings, is easier to work with, dries quickly, and provides a long-lasting finish. Oil-based paint works well on trim, is more durable, has a good stain resistance, and provides better coverage. However, it's harder to clean up and takes longer to dry. Paint Gloss
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Hey Amanda, trust me, the trim wasn’t really all that nice. It looked as though about 20 different curtain hardwares had been either nailed or screwed into each on. After we filled all the holes, paint was really the only option :/ I’m with you on keeping original wood intact! Nadya Elvina February 26, 2015
The ceilings are all covered in popcorn finish. We really didn’t want to keep the texture at all, but decided to forgo removing it to save money since it’s mainly an aesthetic preference anyway. But we wanted to at least get the ceiling back to looking white. Previous residents must have been smokers, as the ceiling in the living and dining room had taken on a gross yellow patina. Although popcorn with butter is delicious, you don’t want your ceiling to look like buttered popcorn. There were some unsightly water stains as well. We initially just tried painting over the stains with KILZ primer (we actually just tested one spot to experiment.) The water based primer didn’t have a chance against the stain, and within minutes it was seeping through the (several) coats of primer.
The average cost to paint interior walls is $1 to $2 per square foot of surface area. Prices double when including ceilings, baseboards, and trim. A single accent wall costs $80 to $200 to paint. However, most painters have a minimum project price of $250 to $500. Cost To Paint Interior Walls Item Cost Per Square Foot Walls only $1 – $2 Add texture + $0.50 – $1 Add ceilings + $1 – $2 The average cost to paint trim is $1 to $4 per linear foot.
Before painting aluminum, apply primer. If aluminum siding is in good shape, you can use a latex metal primer. However, if the surface is oxidized, do not use a latex primer: A typical ingredient of latex is ammonia, which can have a negative reaction with the oxidation. Instead, use an alkyd-based primer that has been thinned one part paint thinner to four parts primer. Your finish coat will cover best if you tint the primer toward the finish color with about half the tint in the final finish.
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Kelly Brothers Painting made updating our room color so easy! Alisa made scheduling fast a convenient and was super responsive to follow up questions. Lana helped us select the perfect shade of white (who knew there were SO MANY shades of white?!?) and our painter, Jesus, was on time, courteous, professional and painted the room beautifully. Couldn’t be happier with our experience!
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Wow what a huge project to take on! My sister just bought a house and will likely be doing something like this (painting most or all of it) before she moves in…I’ll definitely be sharing this with her! Jeanine February 25, 2015
Now that you understand the need to repaint your home exterior regularly, you may ask, how often should I paint it? Let’s discuss the timing.
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