Angie's List: Preparing to Paint - WBAY

Angie's List: Preparing to Paint

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If you're looking for a relatively cheap way to do some home improvement, painting might be an option. But the experts at Angie's List say before you start your project there are a lot of factors to consider.

Angie's List says preparing your walls for painting is one of the most important parts of the process -- and one reason you may not want to do the job yourself.

Painting a room is a big job for even the heartiest do-it-yourself-ers.

"A lot of times people tackle this project themselves, but you need to understand when you're over your head," Angie's List founder Angie Hicks said, "because a good paint job is dependent on the prep work. If you have walls that need a lot of repair or resurfacing, hiring a professional may be well worth the money. If you tricky have trim work, that might not be the room you want to test on."

You have a lot of choices to make, too.

There's color. Painting contractor Sean Eichenberg says he's "seeing a lot of grays and blues. But the grays aren't traditional grays, they are more earth-toned grays, a little softer than just a steel gray, so it's a little warmer finish.

There's the type of paint.

"If you have a bathroom that's a high humidity area, you'd want a higher sheen paint -- an eggshell or a satin. That way it would be moisture-resistant and clean up a little bit better."

Angie's List says if you go with a painting contractor instead of doing the work yourself, get at least three bids on the job before you hire someone. And before you sign any contract, make sure it includes the type of paint finishes and colors plus the number of coats and the cost for any additional coats you might need.

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