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Old 02-07-2012, 08:55 PM   #1
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I am going to be painting my living room this week end or next. It has semi gloss on it now and it is white. I want to paint it a beige (we are thinking).

I was wondering do I need to prime the wall first. And what is the best paint for the walls when you have a 2 year old. Has to be able to be cleaned A LOT.

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Old 02-07-2012, 09:18 PM   #2
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Clean the walls first, go over the whole thing with a sanding pad on a sanding pole with med. screen cloth.
What your trying to do is make sure it's clean so the paint will stick, and sand so you can find any flaws or old paint drips and take care of them before painting. Pants not going to fix flaws.
No primer needed.
Semi gloss would work fine.

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Old 02-07-2012, 09:22 PM   #3
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So semi gloss is the easiest to clean. What about if I need to touch up will you really be able to notice where it has been touched up.

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Semi gloss will clean better than anything else.

Semi gloss over semi gloss does not need a primer as long as the old coat and new coat are both water, or both oil.

Sanding is not needed either, allthough it could improve the look and feel of your finish and with a semi, all flaws will pop at ya. A sand will also be needed if your going to decrease the sheen, as in go from semi to satin. Most important is that the surface is very clean before applying.

I would probably clean it, give it a light sanding just to scuff the surface , smooth out any blemishes and then paint away.

I have a 6 month year old, Im looking forward to trying out some of the chalkboard paints, or dry erase paints once she gets a little older.
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:23 PM   #5
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Should be fine.
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:25 PM   #6
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Ok thanks for your help..
What about brand. I would need about 2 gallons big living room.

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Semi for living room walls? Do you need to hose them off?
IMO- SG is very garrish for walls - maybe a bath or kit, but for softer spaces i would use a softer sheen- eggshell at the most.
Ben Moore makes an excellent line called Regal select- My choice would be in the matte finish. The eggshell is also very nice.
But for ultimate wash in a lower sheen the Aura line of BM is unmatched..
pricy , and worth it.
You are not the first with a 2 year old!! lol
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What brush said. Semi gloss on walls belong in institutions only
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What brush said. Semi gloss on walls belong in institutions only
And remember, the higher the gloss, the more any defects in wall surface show up. Benjamin Moore Aura would be a good choice. You should still buy a little extra for touch-up after a two year old.

Of course giving them other surfaces than living room walls for creativity is a good idea? How about some wallpaper that is like a coloring book in the kid's room? You can peel it off when the child outgrows it or it gets disgusting. You can buy it as shown or just run something off at a large output graphics place.

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I agree with the overkill on the semi-gloss, and that it would be garish. I liked the quip about "hosing them off", thanks BJ, my first chuckle of the day. I'm not in such agreement with the prep suggestions. Personally, I think sanding would be important to create a bond for whatever finish you settle on. I would sand the surface, dust if off, wipe off any dirt or grime, and apply two coats of matte, eggshell, or satin, at most if you must. Unless your walls are filthy, washing them isn't going to advance your cause.
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So you suggest not the gloss. Ok eggshell it will be then. Thanks
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I have a scrubbable matte finish in my living room and it is surviving my Tasmanian Devil almost 3-year old grandson. The lower your sheen, the softer and more comfortable your living room will be.

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