When it comes to freshening up your house, few things are simpler and more effective than adding a new coat of paint to a tired room. The good news is that in the Internet age, such DIY projects are easier than ever. For every question, there’s a website with an answer—or three.
For example, here are a few questions—and the websites that can answer them, as recommended by 5280 magazine:
Question: “I’m overwhelmed by all the choices. How do I pick a paint color?”
Answer: Virtual painting to the rescue! The magazine notes that Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams and Valspar paints all offer websites where you can upload a photo of your room and try out different colors. Problem solved. The magazine particularly likes Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer at hgtvhomebysherwinwilliams.com.
Question: “How much paint do I really need to buy?”
Answer: The Paint Quality Institute will do the math for you. Go to its website and use its paint calculator for a no-fail estimate: Paintquality.com/en/tools/paint-calculator
Question: “Is there somewhere I can recycle my old, half-full paint cans?
Answer: Just type in your zip code at Paint Care Colorado’s website and they will give you a list of nearby places that recycle paint: Paintcare.org.
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