Paint Like a Pro
Yes, you can paint your house yourself. Learn trade secrets and easy steps to painting. Plus, get inspired by easy paint makeovers.
These decorating projects were stopped in their tracks...until Real Simple stepped in and turned a space from incomplete to incomparable.
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The fastest way to jump-start any makeover? Introduce colors that suit your rooms, your style, and your life. Here are exciting, foolproof paint picks (plus gorgeous accessories) to get you going.
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If your walls could talk, here’s what they’d reveal.
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A fun quiz helps you determine what your color choices say about you.
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Everything you need for a problem-free paint job: Get ready to roll.
- Tape measure. Measure walls first so you’ll know how much paint to buy. Typically, one gallon of paint covers 400 square feet.
- Primer. Use a primer with a stain blocker.
Related: 6 Simple Steps to Painting a Room
- Stirrer. Usually comes free with any paint purchase. Always stir paint before applying.
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