How to Repaint Walls the Same Color

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If your interior walls have become faded or just need a fresh coat of paint and you like the original color, you'll need matching paint. This is a simple job and doesn't require a professional painter or contractor. You'll just need some common painting supplies. Before you know it, your walls will have a new, fresh coat of paint that is the same color.

Things You'll Need

  • Drop cloths
  • TSP
  • Bucket
  • Sponge
  • Putty knife
  • Medium-fine grit sandpaper
  • Painter's tape
  • Interior primer
  • Roller or brush
  • Lighter-shade matching color Interior paint

Clear everything away from the walls you are repainting the same color, including furniture, paintings, framed pictures and mirrors.

Chip off a small section of cleaned, original paint with a putty knife and take it to a paint retailer, hardware store or home improvement store to get matching paint.

Put down drop cloths on the floor against the base of the walls.

Clean the walls with TSP and warm water using a sponge to remove any dirt and dust. Let the walls air dry after cleaning.

Adhere painter's tape to the molding and/or around window frames to avoid getting paint on other surfaces.

Sand the wall with medium-fine grit sandpaper to rough it.

Apply a coat of interior primer to the wall with a paint roller. Let it dry for three hours or as long as suggested by the manufacturer.

Roll on or brush on a light application of a lighter-shaded matching color interior paint over the primed wall. Let dry for at least two hours to see if it matches as it will darken as it dries. Brush or roll on a second coat and third coat of the same paint to make the shade match as it dries if necessary.

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References

  • "Step-By-Step Interior Painting"; Julian Cassell, Peter Parham; 1997
  • "The Survivor's Guide to Interior Painting"; Christopher C. Wager; 2005
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