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How Much Does A Pint of Paint Cover?

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The joys of picking out new colors and matching patterns to make their home look its best are what some new homeowners look forward to! After you've chosen your colors and are ready to buy, another question arises. You realize that you don't know how much paint you need!

That's where we come in, so you don't need to look elsewhere! Described below is exactly how to calculate just how much paint you need for whatever project you're doing.

A pint of paint will cover about 50 square feet or a dresser and two chairs. A pint of paint is perfect for small projects or jobs like repainting a small piece of furniture or some cabinets.

Now that you know how much surface area a pint will cover, let's figure out how much a quart or a gallon will cover! We'll also discuss how to calculate how much paint you'll need to cover a particular room and the steps you'll need to take to paint a room.

Unrecognizable woman pouring and mixing the light yellow paint in the can - How Much Does A Pint of Paint Cover

How Much Will A Gallon Can of Paint Cover?

Five Gallon Paint Bucket

According to Glidden, a typical gallon of paint is enough to cover a room like a bathroom or an entryway, or about 400 square feet. Two gallons of paint is the most common amount needed when doing two coats of paint.

Three gallons are usually enough for a few average-sized rooms or one large room. Although if you're painting a room with vaulted ceilings, want to consider buying a fourth gallon.

How Much Will A Quart of Paint Cover?

A quart of paint will cover up to 100 square feet. If a gallon of paint covers 400 square feet and there are 4 quarts in a gallon, then that means that a quart will cover 100 square feet or a 10-foot x 10-foot room if you're only doing one coat of paint.

Is A Quart of Paint Enough For A Door?

Two Paint Cans Three Brushes

Typically, a household door is only about 20 square feet. A quart of paint generally is enough for the door, baseboards, and trim of a 10' x 10' room if you're doing two coats of paint.

How Do You Figure Out How Much Paint You Need?

Painting can be an exciting yet daunting task, especially if it's your first time painting your home. The short answer to how much paint you'll need is: it depends on the square footage of the room you're repainting and how many doors or windows you have.

Before you can begin painting your home, you need to find out the amount of paint you'll use. To find out the amount of paint you need to cover the walls of your room, you'll need to measure and add up the length of the walls.

After that calculation, multiply the number you got by the height of the room, from floor to ceiling. The number you get at the end is the room's square footage. You can also visit any paint companies' website, and they should have a plug-in that you can use.

How To Measure A Wall

When measuring surfaces in your home, walls are one of the easiest. You can measure them in just three steps:

Use your measuring tool [measuring tape or laser tape] to measure the width of a wall from corner to corner in feet and record the number you get. Use your measuring tool to measure the length of the wall from floor to ceiling in feet and record the number you get.

Multiply both numbers together to get the square footage of the wall. This is the number you'll need to provide your painting professional with for a quote or the number you'll use to determine how much paint to buy.

Repeat the steps above for every wall you wish to paint!

How Much Paint Do I Need For A Wall?

Unrecognizable woman pouring and mixing the light yellow paint in the can

Here's an example calculation to see just how much paint one would need for one wall in a 12' x 12' bedroom.

First, measure your wall from corner to corner and record the number. In this case, it'll be 12 feet long. Next, measure the wall from ceiling to floor and record the number. In this case, it'll be 8 feet tall.

The equation should look like this: 12 x 8 = 96

The square footage of the wall is 96 square feet. To paint this one wall, you would need at least 2 quarts of paint if you wanted two coats.

What Tools Do I Need To Start Painting?

Learning how to paint a room properly is essential for any homeowner or project doer. It's relatively inexpensive, and should you mess something up, it's relatively easy to fix any mistakes.

After you've successfully measured your walls and have an idea of how much paint you'll need, it's time to gather the adequate tools for the job. Before you pick up your roller and dive in, you need to plan your designs and pick out the necessary tools.

Of course, you don't have to paint all the walls the same color! Painting an accent wall is a great way to bring attention to a room and make it seem bigger. You also shouldn't forget to see if the ceiling of a room needs a coat of paint as well.

After you've picked out your colors, it's time to take a trip to the home improvement store and get your tools. Here are a few must-haves:

  • Paint
  • Paint tray
  • Painter's tape
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint roller and extensions
  • Drop cloths
  • Sandpaper
  • Rags
  • Putty knife

The Prep Stage

Before you start prepping, be sure to give yourself enough time to finish your project. The amount of time needed for a project will vary depending on the size of your room, your skill level, and what method you're using to paint the room.

If you're using a dark color on light walls, you'll need multiple coats of paint and more time than just doing the walls in a lighter color. It'd be wise to budget more time than you think you will need and be sure to take prep time and clean up time into account.

If you don't want paint spots on your furniture, make sure to move it all out of the room. If you don't have enough space to relocate your furniture, you can move it all to the center of the room.

Be sure to cover the furniture with a drop cloth or plastic sheeting. You could even use old t-shirts to give them a new use in life, to ensure no paint splatter gets on the furniture. Do the same with everything else in the room that you don't want the paint to get on.

The next thing to do would be to firmly apply painter's tape to the room's corners, base, and crown moldings. Don't forget any door and window casings. You can use a putty knife to seal the tape if needed. Be sure to remove any light switch and outlet covers to apply tape.

Another important step is to make sure your project space is well ventilated. Be sure to keep air moving by opening windows and using fans.

Cleaning Up

DIY mid age man painting walls at his home, cleaning paint from corners, real people

Once your paint is dry or drying it's time to clean up. Gather all drop cloths and carefully remove all painter's tape. You need to make sure splatters are dry before moving any of the cloths or tape. If you used oil-based paints, they would need to be cleaned with mineral spirits, while if you used water-based or latex paints, you'll need to clean your brushes with soapy water.

In Conclusion

Painting can be a daunting task even for a seasoned professional. We hope this article and the tips included help you get your project done or has inspired you to start one! Be sure to check out a few other articles about painting below!

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