Are you planning to paint a room in your house but unsure what the best way to go about it is? I’m sure many of you probably at least attempted to pain a room in your house before, perhaps with not such professional results.
Maybe it already crosses your mind to just hire somebody to do the task, but, if you’re on a tight budget or a do-it-yourselfer at heart, you’re gonna want to check out these tips. Maybe, you already have an idea on what paint color you should use but you don’t have a little fear about starting since you don’t know how to begin painting.
Well, you’ve come to the right place. Painting a room in your house doesn’t have to be that tormenting. With the correct tools and knowledge, you’ll have the confidence and power to paint a room by yourself like a professional – without asking any help from hiring contractors. I will tell you the steps to paint a room. The steps are easy to follow but it needs a real effort to finish the job.
Feeling a little bit ready? Just sit back and read until the end.
- Firstly, make sure you have all the materials ready.
You need to prepare all the materials needed. You can’t start painting without your tools. It is like going into a war without a weapon. Besides, it is difficult to paint with incomplete materials. You’ll waste your time and energy if you’ll keep going back to a store. So here is what I recommend:
- Paint rollers with extension (length of extension depends on how high your walls are). I would recommend Purdy brand rollers.
- 5 gallon paint bucket with a paint screen. Do not buy paint roller trays, these are for amateurs. Paint rollers are messy and they don’t give you even coverage on the rollers. You’ll pour the paint into the bucket up to the bottom of where the screen starts. Dipping the roller in the paint and rolling it out on the screen.
- Floor tarps. But enough to cover the square footage of your floor to protect from paint spray. No need to buy the real expensive ones. We just use the cheap clear plastic ones. tape them down to the floor or wall edge so they don’t move when you walk on them.
- Cutting Paint brushes for cutting ceiling to wall and ceiling to floor meeting areas.
- Frog tape for masking areas. Do not buy the blue painters tape you’re used to seeing. the newest tape is called frog tape and it’s green. it’s designed to absorb paint and makes cutting in tough areas much cleaner.
- Of course, you’ll need paint. Decide on the color and go to the paint department in Home Depot or Loews’s or any paint store, and tell them what finish you want. Ask if they can mix primer into your paint.
- Prepare the area where you are going to paint.
Remove all the furniture or put it in the center of the room. Make the surfaces of the walls even. If there are protruding nails, remove them with a hammer to avoid difficulty when you are painting. Don’t forget to clean the walls from dust, foreign materials, and dirt.
- Cover the areas that don’t need to be painted.
Use the drop cloth to cover the floor and furniture to avoid the wet paint splatter getting on it. Put the frog tape om the areas that don’t need to be painted like trim, door hardware, and windows. If you want to have freedom painting your room, remove the covers of electrical switches, smoke detectors, and other things attached to your wall or ceiling if it is possible. Once the surface of the wall is all set, you can already start painting.
- Prime the walls of your room.
Before you dive in into priming, make sure you’ve read the instructions in your chosen paint brand. Priming is a must if you are going to paint in an unpainted wall. But, you can also prime if you are planning to repaint a wall especially if the present wall paint is glossy. Priming in an already painted wall will result in an even coat. You can now get primers mixed in with paint an the store. this is highly recommended as it will save a whole coating step.
- Start painting.
When using a roller, paint in a zigzag pattern or create a W pattern. Do it slowly and carefully. Avoid putting too much pressure on the roller to get the paint out of it. Paint one wall at a time. Use a downward pattern to get rid of buildups. Use a brush to paint the areas the roller can’t reach, as well as, the doorframes, windows, and trim.
- Remove the painter’s tape before the paint runs dry to avoid peeling the paint.
- Do not remove the drop cloth if the paint is still wet.
- You can start cleaning once the paint has dried up.
Let the paint dry for a day and then go back and look for holidays (areas that were missed) and then touch them up with the roller. If you have any questions please leave a comment and we’ll get right back to you.