You get what you pay for... but how bad can it be?
February 27, 2009 7:03 AM Subscribe
We're moving into an apartment with some really heinous paint on the walls and ceilings. We're painting it ourselves so we're not stuck with an all-white apartment; help us do it on the cheap.
posted by uncleozzy to home & garden (20 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
The long and short is that we've got a budget of about $200 to cover about 1400 square feet of wall and 350 square feet of ceiling (many of the ceilings don't need to be painted, but nearly all the walls do). These are the actual surface areas that need paint (assuming my measurements were reasonably close). We can probably get a few more bucks from the landlord, but let's assume we can't.
Two questions: first, are we going to need two coats of flat white to cover flesh-toned satin or semi-gloss ceilings? (Seriously; who thought that was a good idea?)
Second, assuming we can't find enough matching "oops" paint, how much will we regret using the cheapest of the cheap paints? I'm talking about the $15/gallon satin stuff from Home Depot for walls, the $8/gallon flat stuff for ceilings. Remember that we really only need it to look respectable for a year or two.