Angie's List: Interior Painting

By: Tessa Darlington
By: Tessa Darlington

We all want our homes to look their best when family visits for the holidays. A simple and cheap way to make that happen is add a fresh coat of paint. In this Angie's List report, News Four's Tessa Darlington gives you some advice for starting your painting project.

Before you even start browsing through endless paint samples, the first step to starting a paint job is preparation.

"One of the biggest concerns is protecting the home, the flooring, and the furniture. We have to move the furniture. We use thin plastics to cover everything. Then of course you can start the prep work,” Greg Rayne said. Rayne is a salesman for a painting company.

What that prep work involves depends on your home, including when it was built.

"Lead paint is still a concern, especially if you live in a house built prior to 1978 because that is when lead paint was outlawed. If you do have an older home and you're going to consider doing paint work you need to find a contractor who has lead paint safety training,” Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks said.

Once the prep work is finished, bring in those endless paint samples. Find a shade you like? Now you need to decide what type of paint works for you.

"The type of paint you choose for the interior of your home is really important because it really depends on how durable the paint is going to be. If you have small children, think about wanting to wash the area that you're actually painting. You're going to want a paint that has a higher sheen than a flat paint that doesn't wash well,” Hicks said.

You also need to look at what color is already on your walls. Painters said you might need two or three coats to cover a dark color, or you can use a darker primer before you start painting the new color.

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