All About Paint
See how paint can transform almost anything in your home - from walls to furniture, even the exterior. Plus, learn the top tips for every step of your paint job - from choosing the right paint and tools to the cleanup tasks after the job is done.
How to Choose the Right Paint Finish
Hi, I'm Wendy. Creating an inviting space for your family is as easy as a new coat of paint. Before the color goes on the walls, let's go over some paint basics. To start, there are 3 main paint finishes: flat, eggshell, and semi-gloss. Flat finish is also known as matte finish and has the least amount of shine. Because it does not reflect light, it's the perfect choice to hide any imperfections like bumps or small cracks on walls. It also goes on smoother over rough surfaces; so, it's a good option for textured walls. One thing to remember when using a flat paint finish is that it's a little harder to keep clean; so, it's not recommended for high traffic areas like a kitchen or bathroom. Next, eggshell finish. Eggshell has a slight luster and is the middle ground between flat and semi-gloss. Because it's a little shinier, any imperfections in your wall will become more noticeable. Eggshell finishes are often used in bathrooms, kids' rooms, kitchens, and other high traffic areas. This finish resists stains better than flat and can be wiped with a wet rag. The last type of finish is semi-gloss. This paint finish is tougher than eggshell and reflects the most light when dried. So, if there are any imperfections in your walls, they will stand out noticeably. Because of the extra shine, semi-gloss stands up the best to water in cleaning, so it's a good choice for kids' bedrooms or high traffic areas like a hallway. This finish is also used a lot for trim, doors, and furniture. There is a 4th finish: gloss. But it's generally used for furniture and trim, and not walls because of it's high level of shine. Now that we've discussed the differences in finishes, let's talk about oil versus latex. For most painting projects, latex works just fine. But there are a few times when you may want to use an oil-based paint. A lot of people like to use latex because it dries fast, doesn't have a strong odor, and cleans up easily with water. Even though oil-based paints dry slower and give off a strong smell, it does provide a smoother finish, almost like a hard enamel that resists scratches, fingerprints, and stains. This type of paint tends to stick better; so, it's a good choice for rougher surfaces. Another important thing to remember when buying paint is to look for low VOC or low odor paint. VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. When these compounds enter the air, they react to other elements causing air pollution and sometimes breathing problems. Using low VOC paint is better for your family and the environment, and you can start enjoying your freshly painted space sooner. We've covered finishes, latex versus oil, and low VOC. Now, it's time to figure how much paint you need. Here's a quick formula to help estimate how many gallons of paint you'll need. Add the widths of your walls. Multiply that figure by the room's height. Then, divide the total by 350. 1 gallon of paint typically covers 350 square feet. This formula doesn't take into account doors and windows; so, you should have some leftover for any touch-ups. For more painting tips, visit bhg.com.
How to Paint Anything
Paint is for more than just walls. Discover what else you can do with paint and learn the tricks to using paint to spruce up doors, furniture and more.
Your Guide to Painting: What Tools to Use
Hi, I'm Wendy. Having the right painting tools are essential to a great looking wall. Choosing the right tools is an easy way to ensure the success of your project right from the beginning. Quality tools will save you time and will help make the process go faster. The most important tools are brushes. Brushes fall into 2 main categories: natural bristles or synthetic bristles. If you're using latex paint, only use synthetic brushes. Natural brushes are typically made with animal hair and the hair absorbs the water, drying out latex paint. Oil-based paint can be used with either natural or synthetic brushes. You'll need a few different types of brushes. A 3-inch brush is good for outlining walls and ceilings and painting large areas. If you're painting doors or window frames, an angled brush is best. An easier way to paint large areas is to use a roller. Rollers will spread about 3 times as much paint as a brush in the same amount of time. This is a must-have tool if you have a large project. You'll also want an extension handle. This way, your paint roller can reach high walls and ceilings. For rough or textured surfaces, get a roller with a 3/8th-inch or thicker nap so the paint will fill into the deeper crevices. For smooth surfaces, use a roller with a nap of 1/4th to 3/8th inch. Another great tool is a paint pad. These are great for painting clean lines and can reach into corners or areas where rollers can't. A few other things to have on hand to use with your Glidden Brilliance Paint would be drop clothes, paint pans if you're using rollers, and stir sticks which you can pick up for free at the paint counter. For more painting tips, visit BHG.com.
walls and ceilings and painting large areas. If you're painting doors or
window frames , an angled brush is best. An easier way to paint large areas is to use a roller. Rollers will spread about 3 times as much paint as a brush in the same amount of time. This is a must-have tool if you have a large project. You'll also want an extension handle. This way, your paint roller can reach high walls and ceilings. For rough or textured surfaces, get a roller with a 3/8th-inch or thicker nap so the paint will fill into the deeper crevices. For smooth surfaces , use a roller with a nap of 1/4th to 3/8th inch. Another great tool is a paint pad. These are great for
Your Guide to Prepping for Your Paint Job
Before the paint goes on the walls, learn what tools you'll need to do the job right.
leg work fittings to be done to make sure your paint project
goes smoothly . You should take down all artwork, curtains, and switch plates so you don't have to paint around any obstacles and be sure
Your Guide to Paint Clean-Up
Hi, I'm Wendy. Now that the painting is done, it's time to clean up. It's important to clean and store your painting tools properly so that you have everything you need on hand for the next job. To remove excess paint from your brushes, use a wide-tooth comb. Glidden Brilliance Collection Paint rinses right off with just soap and water. If you used an oil-based paint, you can clean the brush in turpentine or paint thinner. To clean rollers, scrape the excess paint out with the curved side of a 5-in-1 tool. Pour the paint back into the paint can. Rinse the cover in warm water until the water runs clean. To help get brushes and rollers dry, this handy tool works really well. It's a spin dryer. All you do is attach the brush handle or roller into the stiff spring clips, then give it a spin inside a 5-gallon bucket to remove any excess moisture. After your tools are clean, they need to be stored properly. To store brushes, cut a rectangle of heavy craft paper or grocery bag twice the length of the bristles and four times the width of the brush. Crease the paper vertically down the center. Place the brush on the paper edge and fold at the crease. Roll the brush into the paper and secure with a rubber band. Either store the brush flat or hang it up by the handle. There may be times during painting when you need to step away for a while, or even stop before you're finished. Here are a few tips on how to store your brushes so they don't dry out. Wrap your brushes and rollers in plastic bags or aluminum foil. Be sure to squeeze out the air. Then, seal them with twist ties or rubber bands. If you need to leave the brushes overnight, place the sealed tools in the refrigerator. Your brushes and rollers are an investment, and taking a little extra time to clean and store them properly is worth it. For more painting tips, visit BHG.com.
used an oil-based paint, you can clean the brush in turpentine or
paint thinner . To clean rollers, scrape the excess paint out with the curved side of a 5-in-1 tool. Pour the paint back into the paint can. Rinse the cover in warm water until the water runs clean. To help get brushes and rollers dry, this handy tool works really well. It's a spin dryer. All you do is attach the brush handle or roller into the stiff spring clips,
How to Paint Furniture
Painting furniture gives an old piece a new look. Here's how to paint furniture and get great results.
paint, such as this wood table, a drop cloth, safety mask, fine
grit sandpaper , tack cloth, a small paint brush , a medium paint brush , paint stick, primer and interior latex paint. Lightly sand the entire surface, and wipe it down with a tack cloth. Wear a
How to Paint a Room
Painting is one of the easiest ways to bring color to your decor. Here's how to paint a room like a pro.
First, get the right tools for the job. Most paint jobs require damp cloth , painter's tape, 5-in-1 tool or
putty knife , 2-inch angle sash brush, a 3-inch brush, a roller and roller pan. Use synthetic roller covers and brushes with dense nylon bristles when using latex paint. Use thicker rollers for more textured surfaces. Determine how many gallons of paint you'll need. Measure and add up the total width of the walls then multiply it by wall height. Next, divide by the number of square-feet the gallon of paint will cover which is typically 350. A good paint job starts with good prep work. Wipe the walls with the damp cloth then let them dry. Then, apply painter's tape in short sections to the ceiling, baseboards and trim. Seal the edges with the 5-in-1 tool or putty knife . Load a small amount of paint unto a 2-inch brush to outline the walls and ceiling. Start painting by cutting in corners