A new coat of paint can really freshen up a room. But painting takes time, and if you hire a professional — money. So why buy paint that won’t last a long time? Consumer Reports recently tested paints from under $20 per gallon to more than $100.

“It’s important that you get the right paint for the right job,” said Rico de Paz, who oversees the paint tests. “A kitchen would require a paint that’s stain resistant and scrub resistant, while mildew resistance would be great for a bathroom.”

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