Prevent Future Maintenance

The right preparation and paint can help avoid maintenance headaches later. Primer is usually a good idea, even if painting a darker latex paint over a light-colored latex paint. Primer helps the paint adhere better and last longer; plus, it protects the wall.


Use a glossy paint in kitchens, bathrooms and maybe kids' rooms. Glossier paints absorb less dirt, grease and moisture. They are also easier to clean.