How Much Paint Do You Actually Need To Paint A Wall?

How Much Paint Do You Actually Need To Paint A Wall? | Purcellpro Painting | Residential Painter Services

We’ve all been there.

You’ve decided to paint a room in your house.

So You head to the paint store, you pick out all the painting tools you need, you choose the right paint brushes, and you’re ready to go.

You get to work on your residential painting project (or maybe it’s a commercial painting project).

You’ve read all the blogs.

You know about the best drywall putty to use, how to scrape off the old paint from your walls and what’s the best TSP alternative is for your needs.

You get down to business, working up a sweat.

And at the end of the weekend, you step back to admire the work you’ve completed.

Your walls are fresh, fresher than you’ve ever seen them.

Your space feels better than it has in a long time.

Except for in the corner, where you take a look and see 5 cans of paint that haven’t been opened.

Here at PurcellPro Painters in Lansdale, PA, we want to help you avoid waste.

After all, less waste is good for the environment and hey, we all live in the environment don’t we?

Here’s how to figure out how much paint do you actually need for a painting project.

Step 1: Picture The Space

Where are you painting?

How big is the space?

And how much of that space is actually getting painted?

For example, if you plan to paint your bedroom, it’s likely you’ll be painting the entire wall surface.

However, you may plan to put up some wallpaper, in which case don’t forget to leave that wall out of your calculations.

As well, if you happen to have a fireplace in your bedroom, don’t forget to leave that area out as well.

Painting a bathroom can end up with a lot of space that you don’t paint as well, including the shower, the vanity, and potentially other plumbing fixtures that take up wall space.

Get an idea for how much you actually need to paint.

Step 2: Get Out Your Calculator

Now it’s time to measure.

If you’re not a pro like us, you might not know the exact square footage of the area you plan to paint.

But that’s okay.

One useful option is to use a square footage calculator.

Here’s a good one.

When you’re calculating the walls, make sure you measure windows and door frames oh, and remove that square footage from your calculations.

This is one of the most common reasons for people to have leftover paints at the end of a paint job – they overestimated because they forgot that you don’t paint the empty air in a doorway!

Keep in mind that the average gallon of paint will cover about 400 square feet.

Remember, though, this number can vary depending on a few different factors.

For example, if you had to repair a lot of damage to a wall, or your drastically changing the color, you will likely need more coats.

Also, cheaper paint tends to cover less well.

how to figure out how much paint you need to paint walls | Purcellpro Painting | Residential Painter Services

Step 3: Take It To The Paint Store!

Now that you’ve figured out how much paint you need, go to the paint store and talk to one of the professionals there.

Based on the measurements you’ve taken, they will be able to help you decide how much paint you need.

Contact PurcellPro Painters Today

Does all that sound like too much of a hassle?

Would you rather just leave it to the pros?

Then give us a call today.

Contact PurcellPro Painters for your free, no obligation estimate

Purcellpro Painting Inc offers high quality, professional painting and decorative solutions for both residential and commercial customer.

Contact us today to get a free on site estimate for your painting project from Pennsylvania’s trusted painters.

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