Tips for Painting Large Spaces

So you’re ready to paint the largest room in your house? Great! The paint experts at Hirshfield’s love tackling large painting projects, and they love helping customers do the same! So if you find yourself standing in front of a large blank canvas in your house, stop in to your local Hirshfield’s and let the experts share their advice. Mike Adochio, from Hirshfield’s in West St. Paul, shared some of his best large-scale painting tips with me to get us started.

How much paint should I buy for my large room?
The average gallon of paint should cover about 350 square feet. This will vary based on a few factors:

  • How much texture is on the walls: The more texture the less square footage you will get out of the gallon.
  • When was the last time said area was painted: A “dry” wall will soak in more paint vs. a wall that was more recently painted. New drywall should be primed with a drywall primer first. Using primer will help increase the amount of area the paint will cover.

Should I use a paint sprayer or paint roller?

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Wooster Brush

For applying the paint, I would never use a sprayer unless there is nothing in the room. Meaning no trim or floor to deal with.  A sprayer will require much more prep then brushing and rolling. You will have to mask off every area in order to make sure that the paint will not overspray on it.  The time that you may save will be lost in the prep and clean up. Remember, painting is not a race!

As for rollers, depending on the wall and sheen of the paint can vary.  On smooth plaster and drywall I would use a 3/8 Pro-Dooz by Wooster Brush.  Texture walls I would use ½ Pro-Dooz, and on a texture ceiling I would use a ¾ SuperFab roller, also by Wooster Brush.  Also I would buy a Wooster extension pole 2-4 foot, It will be the best $25 you will spend, especially for a larger area. You can find all of these products at your local Hirshfield’s.

What kind of paint finish should I use for my painting project?
Flat, matte, or eggshell are the most common paint finishes.  Use flat for your ceiling or an area in which you probably won’t wash. Flat also works well on walls that have a lot of natural light due to its ability to absorb light (meaning  less “sun spots” on the wall, and you will see less roller marks and brush marks).  Matte works great for hallways and common areas.  The idea of a matte is that it is a washable finish with a very low shine. Use eggshell for kitchens, bathrooms, and kids rooms. Eggshell washes well and can stand up to moisture. Every room has different needs for a finish, so feel free to talk to your Hirshfield’s paint professional and we can recommend the right one.

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