How do I determine how much paint I’ll need for my project?

There are many factors that will determine the amount of paint that is used in a project, such as the type of surface being covered, the color of the existing surface, and the color of the chosen paint. A general rule is to calculate the square footage of the surfaces to be painted, and divide by the number of square feet that your selected paint indicates it can cover. For best results, take your measurements and paint information to your local paint retailer.

Does it really matter whether I buy the expensive paint or a less expensive one?

As with most things, the old addage “You get what you pay for” applies to paint also. More expensive paints have better quality ingredients, and this accounts for the difference in price. By using better ingredients (and higher priced paint), you will generally get better durability, flow, and overall quality. This will help to keep your paint in good condition for a longer time, which saves you time and money in the long run.

What is the difference between a flat, high gloss, satin, and eggshell finish?

These terms indicate the sheen or gloss level, or degree or light reflectance, of the paint. Basically, these are terms that are used to describe paint’s shininess.

Where to Use: Kitchen and bathroom walls, kitchen cabinets, banisters and railings, trim, furniture, door jambs and window sills

Comments: More durable, stain-resistant and easier to wash. However, the higher the gloss, the more likely surface imperfections will be noticed.

Where to use: Kitchen and bathroom walls, hallways, children’s rooms, playrooms, doors, woodwork and trim.

Comments: More stain-resistant and easier to clean than flat paints. Better than flat for high-traffic areas.


Satin Eggshell (Range overlapping eggshell and semi-gloss). Can be used in place of flat paints on wall surfaces especially in halls, bathrooms and playrooms. Can be used in place of semi-gloss paints on trim for a less shiny appearance.
Where to use: Similar characteristics to semi-gloss and eggshell.

Comments: Similar characteristics to semi-gloss and eggshell it resists stains better than flat paint and gives a more lustrous appearance.

Comments: It resists stains better than flat paint and gives a more lustrous appearance.


What to use: For general use on walls and ceilings. Hides surface imperfections. Usually not as washable as satin or eggshell.

Comments: Stain removal can be difficult. Use for uniform, non-reflecting appearance. Best suited for low-traffic areas.


Matte: Same characteristics as flat.

Can I repair a tear in my wallpaper without hanging a whole new strip?

Yes! Simply place a larger piece of pasted wallcovering over the tear so that it makes an exact match with the wallcovering on the wall. Use a razor knife to double-cut through both layers around the tear. Remove the layers and then clean the exposed wall area. Repaste the new outer piece into the area. Note: an irregular, wavy cut following the design in the wallcovering will make your cut less noticeable.

Is lead paint really a concern for my family?

Yes! Until 1978, lead paint was commonly used in paint on both interiors and exteriors of homes. Today 34 million pre 1978 homes in the U.S. contain paint that meets the federal definition of  “lead based paint”.
When the paint begins to deteriorate or is disturbed, it can contaminate the environment and home causing lead poisoning. Even if the paint in your home is in sound condition, remodeling and renovation activities can break down the paint film causing dust to become airborne.
When working with lead painted surfaces it is important to contain and debris and dust. Containment and thorough cleaning are a must. People working in those areas should take precautions to protect themselves as well as personal belongings on site.

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