My buddy Gary is a professional painter, and he graciously volunteered to paint the inside of my newly drywalled house. He had 20 gallons of leftover paint from many different houses he’d painted and offered it to me for free. We mixed all the colors together (it made a pleasant taupe) and used this paint as a primer. The color was so nice that we used the same paint for the bedrooms! His only warning was that a shaded primer is hard to cover with pure white. (He did the ceilings with new white primer.) So if you have leftover, somewhat neutral paint, it’s a great, cheap (and green!) way to prime walls.— Travis Larson, Senior Editor For more help with painting, check out these articles from The Family Handyman:- Paint Job Tips: Neater Painting- Professional Painting Tips
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