How many square feet can a gallon of paint cover?

We checked with Lowe's home improvement stores and they calculate that 1 gallon of paint should cover about 350 square feet.

If you also intend to prime the area, 1 gallon of primer will cover about 200 square feet.

Naturally all estimates may vary depending on how you apply the paint/primer, and even the brand can alter that estimate, so it's always a good idea to check on the estimated coverage for a specific brand and job.

To help get you started, RealSimple.com offers their 6 Simple Steps to Painting a Room, HowStuffWorks provides tips and guidelines on How to Paint a Room, and Benjamin Moore offers Painting Techniques & Tips - How to Paint a House or Room.

In "ahhh, a happy place" news, the Oregon Live is reporting that A new coat of paint can lighten up the smallest, darkest room.

Updated on Sunday, November 30 2014 at 10:25PM EST
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