My Paint Preference

My Paint Preference

I mentioned on a previous post that I prefer Glidden’s Ultra-Hide 770 semi-gloss paint, formerly called America’s Finest.

Here are five reasons why:

  • With other paints, when applying a second coat, the first coat begins to peal back up.  This paint has never had that issue for me.
  • This paint is cheap for gallon size.  $18/gallon.  With how often I paint, it needs to be cheap.
  • The coverage this paint provides is great!  Covering over a similar color only takes one coat and covering over a color outside of the color pallet takes only 2 coats!  Unless of course you are painting white over a color.
  • Semi-gloss paint is more reflective than flat paint and brightens up the house.  (Tip – put semi-gloss paint on your ceiling to make your space look larger.
  • Semi-gloss paint is easy to wipe clean.

Freshen Up

Just for laughs, here’s my first picture in my new home!  At 23 years old I was as excited as can be given that my 1500 sq ft 3 bed, 2.5 bath house was going to cost me approximately the same amount as my 600 sq ft. 1 bed, 1 bath apartment.
And so it begins:
April 4, 2013 – Day 1 – continued
Move in meant time to paint!  The goal for the first week was to paint the entire downstairs including the ceiling (except the bathroom) and to paint my bedroom.
At move in, the entire house was painted in beige paint, a color that would work for me.  The only problem is that the house was painted completely in flat paint, except for a few random touch ups of semi-gloss that looked quite out of place.  Being a lover of sun and shimmer and of course easy cleaning, I went out and bought some semi-gloss paint.
Before picture:  Used in the listing
I’d already done my share of painting before purchasing my home so I knew my brand preference for paint. I chose America’s Finest Semi Gloss paint, which has since been re-branded to Glidden Ultra-Hide 770.  I like this paint because it covers well, and is pretty cheap at approximately $18/gallon.
With a table being the only piece of furniture in the house, I painted the entire downstairs – with help because it’s always faster with more than two hands. I even added a blue accent wall.
A helpful hint when painting is always paint the trim first.  Just tape off the floor, and begin painting.  Don’t worry about getting any of the paint from the trim on the walls because you will be painting them.
Once the trim dries, cover it with painter’s tape to protect it from the new wall color.
Now that the painting downstairs was complete, I just needed to wait for the new carpeting to come in before I could start moving everything.