House Painting

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Part IListen and Read: Listen the recording, answer the questions, and then read along with the audio recording.

The interior of our house was last painted about 15 years ago, and the painting is now peeling and chipping in some places. Therefore, we decided to give the house a new fresh coat of paint. We wanted to paint the house the same color, so we took a few paint chips to the store and asked them match the paint. We bought several cans of paint, paint rollers, a paint tray, a paint scrapper, and some tape. Once we got back home, we first scraped off any loose or peeling paint on the walls, taped the edges of the rooms and windowsills, and put down some floor covering to protect the carpet. After that was done, we mixed the paint really well with a stirring stick and poured some of it in the paint tray. We applied one coat of paint evenly over the walls and then used small brushes to touch things up along the molding and baseboards in the rooms. After the paint was dry, we applied another coat of paint so the old paint wouldn’t show through. Finally, we cleaned the brushes, rollers, paint tray, and put everything away in the garage. We have extra paint we can use to touch up the walls if they need to over time.

Part 2: Discussion

Describe the interior and exterior of your apartment or home. Did you or your family paint the house, or did have someone do it for you?

Part 3: Online Investigation

In addition to traditional colors, many new painting styles are coming in fashion including . . . Select one of these and use the Internet to research the background and steps to painting with these techniques. Would you be interested in painting your room or house using one of these styles? Why or why not?

Part 4: Online Listening Practice (from