how TO Paint a Room
Once you’ve chosen a color, acquired the paint you’ll need, and prepped the room, it’s time to do the actual painting. Now is when your walls and ceiling will become the color you desire. Assuming you’ve done the cleaning, patching, and priming, it is time to move forward.
First, make sure all the tools are in place. Use this list to check off what you have:
- Paint roller
- Roller extension poll
- Masking/painter’s tape
- Utility knife
- Paint bucket
- Work gloves
- Roller tray
Using a Brush or Roller
Paintbrushes come in various styles and sizes. In general, use a brush near the trim and where you applied the masking tape. Move in a back and forth motion. When most of the paint on the brush is used, apply paint next to the tape and overlap some strokes onto it, so there won’t be enough to get between the tape and the wall.
Rollers are great for painting large areas. When using one, don’t dip it completely into the paint bucket, but about ½ inch; then roll it against the screen until completely covered. Work the fully loaded roller from top to bottom. Use V- or W-shaped strokes when going back and forth until that wall section is completely covered.
It may appear as if the roller technique will leave an uneven coat of paint. To avoid that, continue rolling before reloading, over the same section, in a smooth, continuous stroke. Your primary motion now will be top to bottom; keep the roller in contact with the surface to even out the coat and cover up tracks and lines. Only lightly lift the roller when overlapping previously painted areas.
When painting, you want to limit your workload to manageable spaces. For example, roll in areas of 3 x 3 feet, starting near the ceiling and moving toward the floor. Blend each section before moving on to the next, from one end of the room to the other.
Next, remove the masking tape, but you’ll need to wait until the paint starts to dry. You can do this just before it’s completely dried or very soon after. Otherwise, pieces of tape can tear and mar the surface. Pull the tape at a 45-degree angle; if pieces are stuck in dried paint, slice into the paint with a utility knife, and then pull at the tape.
Tips for a Perfect Finish
- Follow the same process and techniques used when applying primer.
- Roll paint along edges to ensure consistency.
- Feather out paint using a dry roller when you paint the ceiling (where wet edges are problematic).
- Wait until the first coat dries completely before adding a second coat (usually two to four hours).
- Paint the trim first, then move on to the ceiling before painting walls.
- Let the paint dry before cutting the tape.
Painting Straight Lines
Using different paints or patterns presents a challenge, but straight lines are possible. Paintbrushes and rollers are hardly perfect enough to do this alone. Apply tape to where you want an edge of dividing space between two colors. Paint over that area and the space where you want the desired color and/or texture. Next, follow the steps above for removing the tape.
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