Four interior painting things you do wrong at the paint store
Interior painting in Flower Mound;
It’s an idea that seems simple enough; paint a room or two in the house. You saw a color you liked at a friend’s house, or that new shade of grey that Joanna Gaines used looked perfect; in any case, you’re ready to knock it out. Well, I’m behind you one hundred percent! Let’s go get some paint and get started. Unfortunately, the paint store is where your mistakes start. We trust each other, right? Let’s be honest about what happens next.
Mistake #1: You don’t REALLY know what color you want. It looked grey, or was it beige… maybe it was a grey-beige or greige. Let’s not guess on the color. Take the time to get it right. Go to the paint store with the color name, the number, and the name of the manufacturer that made the color you like. If the paint color is from Behr, go to Home Depot to get it; if it was from Valspar or Olympic, go to Lowes. If it was Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, Kelly-Moore, Pittsburgh, or whatever – go to the source and get the paint. Lowe’s is happy to match a Behr color for you, but it will be wrong. Remember, the devil’s in the details and subtle coloration differences don’t show themselves until the whole room is done. You wanted a peach undertone didn’t you… oops.
Mistake #2: You won’t buy enough. Okay, Lowes says they will match your Benjamin Moore color (yes, ma’am, we have that color…) Next comes the, ‘how much do you need for your project?’ question. Wait, what? I dunno, some…, probably a quart… at MOST a gallon, right? Wrong. Most kid’s bedrooms or secondary rooms will take almost all of two gallons for the walls alone. A master bedroom will take at least another gallon for the walls. You should not buy any paint in quarts. A quart costs almost as much as a gallon, and, if my math is correct, a quart is one fourth of a gallon – not a bargain. So, just go ahead and save yourself the extra trips and buy two gallons for that guest bedroom.
Mistake #3: You don’t know which sheen to get. After the ‘which color’ and ‘how many gallons’ question comes the ‘what sheen do you need’ question. Well you’ve painted before right, you know what you’re doing, right? You’ve heard someone say, ‘semi-gloss’ before haven’t you? So, you say, ‘I want something washable… probably semi-gloss.’ Wrong, wrong, wrong.
If you have kids or pets, you want eg-shel for the walls. At most, you might ask for satin but eg-shel is better. The thing is, the closer the sheen is to flat, the better it will cover, reducing the number of coats you’ll need. Eg-shel and ‘low-sheen’ are both somewhat ‘wash-able’, certainly more so than ‘flat’ paint but let’s again be honest with each other; if you need washable walls, install some six-foot-tall stainless steel panels and a floor drain.
If you live in a museum, or if you’re putting the house on the market, you might consider flat paint. Flat is not ‘washable’ but it provides the most accurate color representation and it hides surface imperfections better, especially in light colors. So, if you’re painting to sell the house, use Sherwin Williams SW6106 Kilim Beige in a flat sheen, or Benjamin Moore HC-173 Edgecomb Gray. These two colors have sold more houses than KW and Coldwell combined.
So, to summarize, if you’re painting walls ask for either eg-shel sheen or flat sheen only – no satin, no semi-gloss. If you’re painting base trim, door casings, window stools, or doors you may want semi-gloss or satin but those will be oil-based paints anyway. Oh, and ceilings should all be flat sheen except (maybe) in a kid’s bath or shower area.
Mistake #4: You don’t know which product to buy. The paint store preys on this vulnerability and laughs all the way to the bank! The paint store employee asks, ‘what product would you like that in?’ Here again, you are unprepared. What product? Yes, you can spend $11 for a gallon of paint, or you can spend $70 for a gallon of paint and everything in between. You don’t want to look like a cheap skate so you say, ‘just give me a gallon of your top-of-the-line in a semi-gloss.’ Oh brother. I mean I overhear this conversation all the time in the paint store. Stop trying to impress the paint store with your purchasing power – or whatever. You DON’T want their ‘best’ paint. You want a decent mid-grade paint in the right color, in the right sheen and in the right quantity. You should expect to spend between $22 and $28 per gallon for a good, high-quality, mid-grade paint that will do the job for you perfectly.
There you have it. The curtain has been pulled back. Oz has been exposed.
If all of this gives you eye-glaze or tired-head; just skip it and call us. You’re really too busy to fuss with tarps, blinds, furniture, paint, tape, etc. In the end, the cost to have us do the painting for you is kind of a bargain. The only question I have for you is, ‘What color were you thinking of?’ We’ll handle it from there.