How can I fix my walls?
February 10, 2009 9:02 AM Subscribe
DIY home repair - I would like to re-paint the walls in my apartment by myself.
posted by alice ayres to home & garden (16 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I live in a studio apartment (about 515 sq ft). The walls currently have several layers of oil-based paint on them.
I would like to re-paint. I guess, first, I would need to strip (I'm not sure if this is the right word or term) the walls, so that the surface is smooth. I would also like to use latex paint when re-painting the walls. Of course, I have no idea how to do any of this or what the optimal solution is.
The foyer is painted red, the dressing area is burgundy, and the rest of the walls are some off white color. I believe that there are at most 2 layers of the darker paint colors, but I am not certain how many layers of paint there are beneath those.
My load at work has decreased, and I am only working half days, so I think this would be a good project to do while I am at home. I'm pleased that I may be able to apply some of my project management skills to this DIY job.
Please tell me (VERY SLOWLY) what I need to do to get awesome, smooth walls, including:
-what tools I might need to buy and their costs;
-best practices and tips for this sort of procedure;
-applicable terms (like, is it stripping?) so that I may speak intelligently about this when buying things at Home Depot;
-what would be an approximate timeline based on my beginner's skill level; and
-any advice (i.e. don't switch to latex, hire a contractor instead)?