Basics of Painting a Room: Tips to Get the Job Done Right

Indoor painting is one of the fastest and easiest ways to give your room a total makeover. Changing the paint color can change a mood and give a living room, kitchen, or bathroom a whole new feel. 

Whatever the reason for your painting project there are a few things you should know before you start painting a room. 

1. Quality Counts

The price of paint, rollers, tape, and more actually does make a difference. If you’re doing a tiny touchup on the ceiling you may not need to go for the gold. However, when it comes to the paint job on your walls—particularly in the kitchen and bathroom where paint works harder—you’ll want to purchase supplies that will work better. 

2. Get Enough

Before you paint, figure out the square footage of the room you’re painting. Generally speaking, a gallon of paint will cover about 400 square feet. So depending on your square footage of wall space you may end up needing several cans. Remember, custom paint can’t be returned, so try to be as precise as you can. 

3.  Get Creative

There’s no rule that says all four walls in a room have to be the same color. You can have an accent wall color, add a contrasting color to the trim, or even include a design in your wall painting. Even your ceiling can join in on the paint color bandwagon! For some painting ideas and inspiration look in the paint section of your local Brinkmann’s where you’ll find manufacturer catalogs, or you can even look online on sites like Pinterest. 

4. Know When to Do It

 Winter is a great time to get some interior painting done. The dry air helps the paint to dry neatly and cleanly and that means less waiting time between coats. If you do happen to paint on a rainy or humid day be prepared to take your time, especially when it comes to waiting between each coat of paint. We know watching paint dry is like, well, watching paint dry, but if you rush the job it’ll show. 

5. Have the Right Tools

The paint aisle can be a bit overwhelming, but you don’t actually need to buy one of everything to get a great paint job done. The basic supplies you shouldn’t leave the store without include:

  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint trays (get more than one especially if you have a helper)
  • Paint rollers
  • Paint roller extension pole
  • Drop cloths
  • Sandpaper
  • Putty Knife
  • Painter’s tape

When it comes to the final item, get the good stuff. Cheap painters tape can ruin an otherwise beautiful paint job by allowing bleeding or worse, ripping the drywall beneath. 

Finally, don’t be afraid to ask questions. The staff at a reputable hardware store, such as Brinkmann’s, will be able to steer you toward the right paint, the right supplies, and can even help you figure out how much paint you need. So if you have any questions before or after you start the job, there’s always someone there to help.

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