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Things You Need to Give Your Room a Fresh Coat of Paint

Planning a DIY upgrade?

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Whether you’ve just moved into a condo unit or your little corner of the house needs a bit of retouch, painting rooms is something anyone can do. 

Getting the color you want for your walls is easy enough. We’ve showcased many rooms with personalized colors on the walls hand-picked by the owner. You can also head to your hardware store and ask a professional about good custom mixes and combinations. Once you’ve settled on your room’s theme and have your colors mixed, you’ll need a few more tools to get your project started.

Here are some essential paint materials you’ll need to revamp your room (or rooms!):

Paint

You've got two main choices when it comes to paint: oil or latex. Oil-based paint has a finish that lasts longer, but it has a stronger odor, needs thinners for clean up, and takes time to dry. If you're doing your own painting indoors, you may want to consider using odorless latex paint, which is water-based. That means no harsh fumes, easier clean-up, and faster dry times. The finish isn't as strong as that of oil-based paint, but as your indoor surfaces are not exposed to harsh elements like rain or intense heat, it's a good option.

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Paint thinner

Most oil-based paints already come pre-mixed in several base colors, which you can then customize by mixing and matching (if you're a first timer, ask your paint store personnel to do this for you). These kinds of paints are already blended at the right consistency, so there’s no real need to thin them out. Having a bottle of paint thinner can still come in handy though, to help remove dried paint stains on your skin if you're using something that's oil-based. Just make sure to wash the affected area thoroughly under running water after you’re done.

RL Tip: Only use paint thinner on oil-based paints, an when you do, make sure to wear a mask, preferably a respirator that blocks out odors. Paint thinner vapors can be hazardous when inhaled constantly, and may cause diziness, nausea, eye irritation, and respiratory issues. 

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Newspaper

We don’t want paint dripping on the floor! It’s a pain to get out and it may be slippery when you step on it by accident. Stock up on old newspapers and magazines so you can layer them below the areas you’ll be painting on.

Ladder

Having a folding ladder can make things easier, especially for high walls. Most condominiums allow residents to borrow a ladder but if you live in a house, it might be better to either buy one so you can reuse it, or borrow from a neighbor.

Painter’s tape or Masking tape

There will be times when you will need to separate colors in a room. To avoid gaps, use painter’s or masking tape over the surfaces you are NOT going to paint yet. Just remember to peel off the tape after you’re done so it won’t leave any adhesive on any surface.

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Paint tray

Having one or several of these can come in really handy, especially when a room will have more than one color of paint applied. Be sure to get stacking trays for easier storage when you’re done. Having more than one tray is also helpful if you have others to help you with the painting, so you can part the paint out over each tray and everyone gets a section of the room to work on.

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Paint rollers, refills, and brushes

Paint roller refills come in different price ranges, but we suggest you splurge a little. Having cheap refills usually mean the fuzzy material will be left on your wall, making the final texture rough and uneven. For walls and large surfaces, use the roller. For areas where a precision is important, scale down with brushes of different sizes depending on need.

Painting a room is a great project, but be sure to prepare all the materials you’ll need beforehand so you won’t have to go on multiple trips to the hardware store. Also, it’s a good idea to get accurate measurements of each area you’ll be painting so you can get a good assessment on how much paint you’ll need. It’s always better to have extra paint left over than running out when you’re almost done. 

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