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I have never painted the interior of a house but I would like to try.

I love to paint (inside and out). It is a very rewarding experience because it makes a big difference in the appearance of a room really fast.
It is very easy.

Do I have to wash the walls first?

I do not (they say you should)because my walls are huge. I buy good quality paint, however. Cut in around your window and door trim with a paint brush. Roll the walls. Use a good primer or flat paint(the same color as the trim) under any semigloss or gloss paint. I use drop cloths because no matter how careful I am, I spew paint and getting paint off a floor is no fun.

Should I go with a white paint (I like light colors)?

Many people like light colors or white...but let me suggest that you try pastels. I am an artist and I have every color of the rainbow in my house and I love it!! Have fun - if you don't like the color you can change it. If you are going to use color, though, choose a lighter shade than you think you may want, color goes a long way.

How long it will take me to paint a room?

It depends on how big the room is, and how long you work on it etc...but a few days to a week I would think.

Enjoy!! Oh, ps. use decent brushes! and clean them thoroughly after each use. If you are going to take off a few hours, you can wrap them in a plastic bag and freeze them rather than wash them.

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