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Old 02-02-2013, 07:32 PM   #1
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How much paint do I need?


I am planning on painting a small powder room, that is approx. 7 feet by 4 feet.

There is a window and a door and a strip of vertical tiling approx. 2 feet by 9 feet. (9foot ceilings)

The reason I am asking is if I can get away with purchasing one of those small little containers of paint.

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Old 02-02-2013, 07:43 PM   #2
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Not going to happen.
Buy the gal.

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Old 02-02-2013, 07:53 PM   #3
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Your better off buying the gallon for future reference look at this site to estimate the gallons of paint required

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/conten...nt-to-buy.html

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Old 02-02-2013, 08:03 PM   #4
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A gallon would be enough for two good coats. A quart would do the door and window.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:09 PM   #5
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Ok, I guess it's a gallon.

I just didn't want to buy that much if I didn't need to, as I will be painting it a dark colour and I don't think I would have any use for the rest of it.

Thanks very much for your help.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:19 PM   #6
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The temptation to buy a quart is strong, but everybody's right. Considering a quart covers 100 sq ft, or less, minus what gets absorbed into the roller that you don't get back, a quart doesn't cut it. You'll use even more if your first coat goes over a flat.
BTW, when you say a dark color, how dark, and what brand are you buying? Some dark colors require more than two coats.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:22 PM   #7
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I just measured and I have 108 square feet of wall space to be painted.
There is a fairly large window for such a small bathroom, and a door on one wall.

Can I get away with a small container doing three coats......lol
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Thanks jsheridan.

The colour I plan on using is dark brown, and I plan on using Benjamin Moore.
I just know I probably won't be using the rest of it.
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That's 108 sq ft per coat. whether that's gross or net, you're still over a quart. Be sure you get a product that uses the Genex tints, which have the superior hiding properties, although browns usually cover pretty well.
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Thanks so much jsheridan.
I will go with the gallon, I guess.
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I still argue with myself over quart versus gallon, in spite of all the hard lessons I learned early on. Not so much for the cost, but because of the leftover going to waste. My mother was born at the end of the Depression, and my grandmother was seriously influenced by it. So I grew up in a Depression Baby household, and it's still with me. I still add a little water to get the last of the ketchup out of the bottle, and I don't throw soap ends away either.

I'm starting to sound like Sdsester. BTW, has he been seen lately?
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Over the years I have tried the "buy the quart, not the gallon" route to painting a small area.........about 99.9% of the time, I ran out of paint and had to buy another quart. As most painters know, a quart can cost about as much as a gallon so you end up spending MORE than you would have if you just buy the gallon.........not to mention that the new quart doesn't quite match the first quart in color.......anyway, you get the picture, buy the gallon and you buy piece of mind.
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SD hasn't been around since 12/9/12.
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SD hasn't been around since 12/9/12.

He left, permently, so he said. Got really pissed at somebody and said , no more.
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That sucks, he added a lot of color to the forum. Maybe they finally got his meds right and he came to his senses.
I contacted him through his personal site, if he doesn't respond it may have been me. I'll miss him.

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