How to paint a room

June 04, 1997

By Terry Johnson

Staff Writer

If your walls could talk, would they be crying for a new coat?

Even if you've never held a paintbrush, it's easy to give rooms a fresh attitude.

The key to a successful job is using quality paint, says Randy Wolfensberger, owner of Randy's Paint and Decorating Center in Hagerstown.

"A top quality, brand-name paint goes further, covers better and lasts longer," Wolfensberger says.

Better paint costs more because it has more solids and not as much water, he says. If applied properly, it should give eight to 10 years of wear, he says.


A good grade of paint splatters less than cheaper brands and creates a more washable surface, says Greg Wade, general manager of Cumberland Valley Decorating Center in Hagerstown.

That makes a difference on walls likely to collect smears and fingerprints.

"If you have three kids, you don't want to use cheap wall paint," Wade says.

Getting ready to paint is an important step, Wade says.

"Painting is easy; the hard part is preparation," he says.

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