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SirBailey's avatar

What do I need to buy in order to paint the walls and ceiling of the rooms in my apartment?

Asked by SirBailey (3120points) July 9th, 2009

Never did it myself before. I know that you use different paint on the ceiling then the walls so that the ceiling is shinier. Other then that, I don’t know specifically what to buy, how many cans to buy, what brushes, rollers and how many… For quantities, base it on ONE average room. I’ll calculate from that.

I’m looking for fast and easy.

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chyna's avatar

Find out the dimensions of your room or rooms and go to the paint section of Lowes or Tru Valu Hardware or Sherwin Williams. They can tell you exactly how much paint for the size room you have and what kinds of brushes, rollers, tape, etc. that you will need.

Harp's avatar

Actually, I thought the conventional wisdom is to use flat paint for the ceiling (that’s what I’ve always done). Any degree of gloss on a ceiling makes high and low spots really obvious. Since the ceiling is the broadest uninterrupted surface in the room, you want to make it look as uniform as possible.

Harp's avatar

Here’s a calculator to help you determine how much paint you’ll need (if you’re making a drastic color change, or covering a darker color with a lighter color, you may need two coats).

You should buy a 9” roller frame and a couple of roller covers (the fuzzy part), one for each different paint you use. 3/8” nap will do for most interior surfaces. Buy a broom handle (or steal the handle from a broom at home) to screw into the end of the roller so you can paint the ceiling without a ladder.

You’ll need a brush for “cutting in”, which means painting the corner areas where the roller can’t reach. A 3”-wide brush is about right (get bristles labeled for “all-purpose” use). You’ll go around and paint the edges of the ceiling or wall that you’re working on (as well as around widow and door frames) with this brush before filling in the rest with the roller. Also buy a metal roller pan and several plastic liners for it.

Get a couple of rolls of 2” wide painter’s masking tape (I like the green stuff, but the blue works well too). Use this wherever you need a precise transition from one kind of paint to another (once you get good at cutting in with the brush you can skip the tape, but that’s not easy).

Get yourself some disposable vinyl gloves (you’d be surprised how hard it is to get paint off your hands), a box of painter’s rags (unless you have a bunch at home already), and a cheap plastic drop cloth.

For most wall and ceiling jobs, don’t mess with washing before painting. Unless it’s super dirty, just paint right over it. When you switch between paints or take a break, wipe the excess paint from the roller cover (using your gloved hand, then toss the glove) and wrap the roller cover tightly in aluminum foil. This will keep it usable for a few hours. any longer than that, you’ll have to wash it (which is a major pain). The foil trick will also work with your brush; if it’s idle for more than ten minutes or so, wrap a damp paper towel around the bristles, then foil.

I think that should do it. Good Luck!

SirBailey's avatar

Now THAT’s what I call an answer!! Thanks!!

Bobbydavid's avatar

Hand paint don’t use a roller. The finish is so much better. It’ll take a lot lot longer but the satisfaction at the end is amazing. Also use good quality paint for the sake of a few extra pounds/dollars the difference is very obvious

SirBailey's avatar

What’s considered good? Do I want “best”??

chyna's avatar

Yes, you will want the “best” paint. It will go on better and last longer.

Bobbydavid's avatar

I don’t know American brands so can’t really suggest. Here I’ve always used fired earth or zoffany. (UK)

Harp's avatar

@SirBailey The best brands are very expensive ($40–50/gal), but really are easier to work with. See here for ratings of the high-end stuff, here for some good cheaper alternatives.

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