What is paint sheen?

What paint sheen do I need?

Are you getting ready to tackle a painting project and not sure what sheen paint finish to use?  You’re not alone. In this blog I will list some of the main paint sheens and where they are typically used.  

What will you be painting?

The first thing we need to know is what you are planning on painting.  Are you painting walls in a bedroom, kitchen or bathroom? Are you painting trim, doors or maybe your kitchen cabinets?

 

As little as it may seem, these are the details that we need to decide what sheen paint will be best for your project.  When visiting your local paint store be sure to go prepared with the details of your project.

What exactly is a paint sheen?​

When we think of sheen typically we think of how glossy it looks.  The more glossy or shiny the paint finish appears the more scrubbable the surface is.  This can make a huge difference if you have kids.

There are roughly 6 different kinds of paint sheens. Below I will go into some of the details and common uses for all the different paint sheens. 

 

Flat or Matte Sheen (1-9% gloss)

Flat / Matte sheens have the least amount of shine in the bunch.  Flat sheen paint work great for hiding minor imperfections in drywall and in low traffic areas.  This sheen is typically what is used on 90% of your homes walls & ceiling.

If you are concerned with getting fingerprints or scuff marks on your wall you may want to skip the flat sheen paint finish.

Typically used for:

  • Walls (low traffic areas)
  • Ceilings

Eggshell (26-40% gloss)

Eggshell paints are great if you’re looking for a sheen that is not too shiny but is more washable than flat.  This will make life much easier when dealing with fingerprints or scuff marks on your walls as you can wipe them clean.

Typically used for:

  • Walls (low traffic areas)
  • Trim
  • Cabinets
  • Doors 

Satin (26 -50% gloss)

Satin is typically my go to paint. It is not too shiny and can be washed. I find that is is also more durable that then some finishes. 

Typically used for:

  • Trim
  • Cabinets
  • Doors 
  • Furniture
  • Walls (High traffic / moist areas)

Semi-gloss (40-69% gloss)

Semi-gloss paints really start to show a noticeable shine. This sheen also delivers more durability than the previous sheens. This sheen is often a go to choice for baseboard trim as it can take a beating. Although you can use it on walls I tend to stay clean of that simply because it does show any imperfections your wall may have. 

Typically used for:

  • Trim
  • Cabinets
  • Doors 
  • Furniture

High-gloss (70-89% gloss)

High-gloss paint are very similar to a semi-gloss but are highly reflective. This sheen offers the most durability compared to the other sheens.  High-gloss paints are typical used for trim working, doors or cabinets but can be used wherever you’d like. To ensure the best results be sure to properly prepare the surface removing any imperfections prior to painting. 

Typically used for:

  • Trim
  • Cabinets
  • Doors 
  • Furniture

.Ceiling flats

 

Ceiling paints are just that. Paints that are designed for the sole purpose of painting ceilings. Ceiling flats are able to hide many imperfections that you may have. 

Typically used for:

  • Ceilings

Hopefully this information has been helpful.  Happy Painting

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How much paint do I need for a 2000 sq. ft. house?

How much does a gallon of paint cover?

 Have you ever been at the paint store wondering just how many gallons of paint you need?  With some quick math we can save you some extra trips to the store so you won’t waste any extra time.    

The average gallon of paint covers roughly 300 – 400 square foot of wall space.  

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How much paint do I need for one wall?

Knowing that not all walls are created equal we will assume we have  a wall size of roughly 10 ft in length by 8 ft in height. To figure out the square footage of a wall you take the length times height (10×8=80) which in our case  comes out to about 80 square feet.

You would need about a ¼  to ⅓ of a gallon of paint for 1 coat of paint on a 10’ L  x 8’ H wall.

How much paint do I need to paint a 10 x 10 room?

Using the same calculations we can determine how much paint you need for any size room. In a 10ft by 10ft room with 8 foot ceilings you have roughly 320 square feet of wall space. 

You  need roughly (1) gallon of paint for a 10’ x 10’ room.   

The coverage will depend on your wall condition and how many coats of paint are needed for good coverage.

How much paint do I need to paint a 2000 square foot house?

First you will need to decide if you are painting both the walls & ceiling. Also will you be painting inside your closets?

Painting just the ceiling?

In a 2000 sq ft home we can assume that the ceiling are close to 2000 sq ft. To paint your ceilings you will need roughly 5 gallons of paint. 

Ceilings are typically painted in a white flat paint. If you have a textured ceiling you may more paint for good coverage.  Typically flat paint covers imperfections more than other finishes.

How much paint will I need to paint the walls?

 Based on some average room sizes, hallways and closets I am ballparking that you will need roughly 10 gallons of paint for a 200 sq. ft. house. 

All homes are not the same so first you will need to measure all the rooms in your home to figure out exactly how much paint you need for your home.

Hopefully this information has been helpful.  Happy painting & may your day be filled with happy trees!

ABOUT ME

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MY STORY

I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.

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This site is owned and operated by Home Built Woodworking. Home Built Woodworking is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Home Built Woodworking also participates in affiliate programs with Clickbank and other sites. Home Built Woodworking is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies.

What is Chalk Paint?

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What is Chalk Paint?

Interesting Facts About Chalk Paint

If you have some home improvement jobs that need to be done around your home, you may want to consider all of the options that you have available to you. In some cases, you may decide to paint the entire home’s exterior or the interior, starting from room to room. 

Whatever decision that you and your family make, it is important that you factor in what types of paint that you can use to complete the jobs that you take on. Particularly, if you are thinking about using chalk paint for different types of projects like painting items in your home like your kitchen cabinets.

Having said this, here are some questions that you may need to find answers to if you want to make an informed decision on which types of paints are best for specific circumstances like chalk paint kitchen cabinets.

What is chalk paint?

Chalk Paint is normally described as a specific type of paint that can be used to complete a wide diversity of different jobs around your home and office too. When you look for this kind of paint on the market, you will also most like to find that this kind of paint has even been branded with a trademark name, which is known by the brand of Annie Sloan. 

Even though Annie Sloan is a brand name of chalk paint, it is also important for everyone to know that there are other companies that manufacture similar chalk paints since they market their own version.

 

Today, when anyone buys this type of paint, they are normally looking to paint furniture or other items that they want to give a special kind of look. For instance, if the owner of a home would like their old furniture fit into a more aged looking type of decor, they may want the aged look that comes from a chalky appearance.

What is the difference between chalk paint & latex paint?

Most people already know what latex paint is because it is has been commonly used in homes and in business facilities too. Even when people do not see the name on the outside of the paint, they can still identify latex paint on the walls by its overall texture as well as it smooth glossy kind of appearance. Therefore, many homeowners and their family members know what this paint is for and where they will most likely see it in any color.

 

While the latex paint versions are relatively easy to see as well as maintain in a home, there are some paints like chalky paint that may not be so well known within this industry. So, if you do not know exactly what chalk paint is and its overall differences between chalk paint and latex paint, you can find out what you need to know by following the latest trends in this industry. 

This is because chalk paint is presently known as one of the biggest rages in the industry. Hence, if you want to know more about chalk paints overall makeup and what it will be used for, you look at sites that will explain its make-up along with the pros and cons of using it.

Pros & cons of white chalk paint

If you want to save money, chalk paint kitchen cabinets is ideal for cutting down on the cost. Chalk paint does not really need a primer before it is since is it already a basic self primer that will adhere to many surfaces that you choose well. Therefore, if you do not have a large budget to tackle your home improvement jobs, no need to worry about paying for primer because you can completely skip that step. Unlike latex paint, you will always need to buy a primer to apply as the base coat.

Pros of white chalk paint!

Saves Money on Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets -- Skip the Primers

If you want to save money, chalk paint kitchen cabinets is ideal for cutting down on the cost. Chalk paint does not really need a primer before it is since is it already a basic self primer that will adhere to many surfaces that you choose well. Therefore, if you do not have a large budget to tackle your home improvement jobs, no need to worry about paying for primer because you can completely skip that step. Unlike latex paint, you will always need to buy a primer to apply as the base coat.

Chalk Reacts the Same as Latex Paint

When comparing chalk paint to a coat of latex paint, the durability is about the same. Because each of these types is water based, they will react the same or similar when people nick the pain, spill liquid substances on it and etc. Also, for both paints, the similarities do not stop with how these paint jobs are protected. For instance, before you can complete these paint jobs, you will need to apply a finishing coat.

Cons of Chalk paint

Applying a wax finish on top of chalk paint is not an option but a necessity in completing this work. After applying the job will last longer, but the price is a little bit more pricey to complete.

How Much does Chalk Paint Cost?

The price of chalk paint will vary based on the brand and the ounces purchases. Typically, if you buy Annie Sloan chalk paint, the retail price may start around $34 for 32 oz. Or, if you elect to buy the Rust-Oleum chalk paint brand, the retail price may start around $17 for 30 oz.

What types of projects can chalk paint be used for?

Chalk paint is considered to be relatively heavy in its makeup so it can be used on virtually any surface. However, it is highly recommended as an ideal type of paint for using on various kinds of furniture, to paint the kitchen, refinishing cabinets and much more.

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MY STORY

I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.

LEGAL INFORMATION

This site is owned and operated by Home Built Woodworking. Home Built Woodworking is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Home Built Woodworking also participates in affiliate programs with Clickbank and other sites. Home Built Woodworking is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies.

Paint turning yellow? Find out why!

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Why is my paint finish on my furniture turning yellow?

If you have experienced this you’re not alone.   This is a common problem that anyone may run into and there’s an easy answer.   A yellowing finish is typically caused one of two main reasons.  

  1. The first reason is that there is moisture in the wood.   
  2. The second issue is that there is grease or a film on the furniture that is reacting to the water-based paint. 

 I have scoured the internet looking for solutions for this problem and there are a few simple steps you can take to help avoid a yellowing finish.

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Why would there be moisture in the wood?

Believe it or not wood never completely dries.  While I was at the Hardware store the other week I mentioned the yellowing issue that I have been running into while painting furniture to the fellow working in the paint department. 

He insisted that I make sure I am using wood that is 100% dry.  I then informed him that no wood is 100% dry. 

He then looked at me with a blank stare of confusion and disbelief.

If you have ever done any type of fine woodworking you will understand.  The moisture content in the wood that you use for your project is extremely important.

Nowadays the Farmhouse furniture trend has turned everyone into a woodworker.  Needless to say there just because you know how to nail a piece of wood together doesn’t mean you know all the tricks of the trade. 

Not to worry there is some simple information that can help you.

Most Farmhouse Furniture is built with construction grade pine.  This is a great material to use because it really shows the all the daily wear and tear which adds to that rustic feel. 

It is also much more affordable than hardwoods making many woodworking projects more attainable.

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What is the acceptable Equilibrium moisture content in wood?

There is actually an acceptable percentage of moisture content when working with wood.  In a building with a temperature between 75 and 85 degrees the equilibrium moisture content of your wood should be between 7% – 8%.  

Here are some general guidelines to follow for moisture content when choosing your material. 

Wood flooring equilibrium moisture content will generally range between 6% – 8%. 

Most furniture equilibrium moisture content will range between 6% – 9% while construction-grade lumber typically ranges between 9% to 14% moisture.  

Now that we know wood never really dries why there is moisture in the wood?  Think of wood as a giant sponge.  Wood adapts to the environment that it is in. 

In the winter time when the air is dry wood tends to shrink because the moisture is being extracted from the wood.  In the summertime when it is more humid out wood tends to expand because it is soaking up the moisture in the air.  

So before you fire up the dehumidifier in your house you may want to check your relative humidity levels. Your wood furniture may thank you!

How do you remove grease or film from a piece of furniture?

Working with old furniture is a little different than working with newly built furniture.  Have you ever purchased an old piece of furniture from a thrift store or a yard sale?   Most of the time antique furniture comes with a special smell.   

Your first step to prepare any antique furniture for refinishing is to clean it thoroughly.

First start by taking a damp wet cloth and wiping the entire surface down.  Once the surface is wiped down thoroughly you will want to use some mineral spirits to remove the unseen grime and grease.  I also recommend giving the entire piece of furniture a light sanding as well but you don’t have to go to crazy.

Think of the mineral spirits as a nail polish remover.  After wiping the entire surface clean with mineral spirits let it dry. Lastly, after the mineral spirits that completely dried go over the entire piece once again with a damp cloth.

There are also other products on the market to help in the degreasing process.   Some of these products are made specifically to remove certain types of soot and can be a great option as well. 

Your end goal regardless of what product you use is to ensure that any grease or film is removed from the surface prior to painting.

Question

Do I need to use primer?

Priming any surface prior to putting the finish coats of paint on it’s always a good idea.  Often people skip this step to save some time and money.   Whether you decide to prime the surface or not just understand that all primers are not the same! 

There are many water-based primers on the market that claim to seal unfinished wood.   This may be true to a certain extent but if your main objective is to block any potential yellowing from coming out you’ll want to be picky when choosing the right primer.   

Look for a primer that specifically says that it will block tanning (moisture leaking from wood) and or seal knots.   There are also oil based primers on the market that work excellent as well.   Most oil based paints will block stains in itself.  Just take the appropriate steps when working with oil paints.  Oil paints put off a lot of fumes that can be harmful to your health.

 If you have a small area or knot that needs to be sealed there is another quick option.  I tend to keep a small spray can of shellac handy.  Shellac works great for small touch up work and spot sealing.

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Now you’re ready for paint!

Now that you’ve taken all the steps to prepare your surface make sure to choose a quality finish paint.   Think about how you will be applying the paint.   

Will you be brushing, rolling or spraying the paint onto the surface.    If you don’t have a paint sprayer handy using a combination of brushing and rolling the great auction.   

If you are interested in purchasing a paint spray Graco makes on of the best sprayers on the market for your money.  I always kicked myself for not purchasing this sprayer first!

Best Paint sprayer for your buck!  I have included the link to this sprayer on Amazon if your interested.

Graco 16Y385 TrueCoat 360 Paint Sprayer   

I tend to use Valspar paints for all my projects.   Valspar makes an excellent cabinet paint that is a mixture of water-based paint that is enhanced with an oil synthetic.   This paint works great when brushing or rolling as it tends to dry with minimal brush strokes.  

If you have a paint sprayer just be sure to get a paint that is compatible with your sprayer.   Also follow manufactures directions the paint prior to spraying.

 I hope that you have found information useful if you did please leave a comment below.


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