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The Vitals

How much to buy?
One gallon covers about 400 square feet. To calculate how many to buy, divide the square footage of your walls and ceiling (minus doors and windows) by 400.

DIY or hire a pro?
If you have the time and energy to do the wall prep, which accounts for about 70 percent of the work, go for it. Putting color on the walls is easy.

How does it hold up?
With the right prep, a paint job should last 10 to 20 years. Some companies offer lifetime warranties on their products.

What are VOCs?
Volatile organic compounds—found mostly in the solvents that keep paint liquid—are chemicals that off-gas into the air as paint dries. Short-term exposure to fumes can cause headaches and eye and lung irritation. Limit your risk by using paint certified as low- or zero-VOC.
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