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Angie's List: Improving your home with paint


When it comes to home improvements painting is one of easiest and least expensive ways to dramatically change the way a room looks. However, many factors can influence how your project will turn out.

"Recently, we had pinnacle paint our mantle. Before it was stained wood. We really thought that was what we wanted when we initially built the house, but we really decided we needed a change so they painted that. It's been a great difference for our living room," said homeowner Brad Stutler.

Professionals painted the mantle and the kitchen in Stutler's home. He says he plans on having more painting done this year.

"Like everyone else, I've got three little kids so there are many stains and scratches and nicks on the wall," said Stutler.

Experts say painting is a great way to boost your home's value and the color can change the look of a room. They say certain colors are popular now.

"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," said Painting Contractor, Sean Eichenberg.

Once you've picked the perfect color, you'll have to decide on what type of finish you want for the space.

"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," said Eichenberg.

Experts say for a great paint job, fix all imperfections and make sure the area is clean.

"A lot of times people tackle this project themselves, but you need to understand when you're over your head 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 have tricky trim work, that might not be the room you want to test on," said Angie Hicks, Angie's List Founder.

"First of all, my wife would never let me paint the house, secondly, it's a time factor. I'm very busy with my family and just don't have the time to do it," said Stutler.

There are three factors that determine how much painting a room will cost, number of coats, square footage and prep work.

Experts say get at least three bids from separate painters if you are looking to hire to get the work done and make sure your contractor is using the quality of paint that you want.

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