painting my mom house
Like mazzonetv said if money is an issue do it your self. I think it is a great learning opportunity since you have the time. If you have 3-4 days for each room you have plenty of time to learn and do a great job.
If at all possible remove everything in the room. Get the shop vac going and get all the dirt dust and cobwebs off the walls ceiling and floor. If you can not reach the ceiling comfortably buy a small folding scaffold then clean the walls with TSP and be sure to rinse well. I use two sponge mops, one for TSP water and one for rinse water. Wear gloves or the TSP will make the skin of your hands peel off. Change the rinse water often and use a 5 gal bucket. Clean the ceiling the same as the walls if it's a kitchen or bathroom. Buy quality paint, rollers and brushes. Start painting the ceiling first, then walls, finish with the trim work. Making a straight line along the trim or ceiling (cutting in) is the most frustrating skill to learn but you have plenty of time so take it slow and try different techniques until you are comfortable and accurate. Use a good tape (frog tape or 3M painters tape) if you have a tight spot like door casing near a corner.
Good luck with your project!
Last edited by RegeSullivan; 07-28-2009 at 03:38 PM.