Painting your walls is one of the most budget friendly ways to transform a room. One of the first questions that comes to everyone’s mind is, “What color should I paint my room”?  There are a number of online quizzes that will help you determine what hue is right for you. Once you choose your color, follow these 5 simple steps for painting a room.

Choosing Your Paint

Paints finishes comes in three basic options:  flat or matte, eggshell or satin, and gloss. Choosing paint depends on your personal taste.

  1.  Flat Paint – Flat paint shows less imperfections than a satin or gloss finish. If you prefer a flat paint there are some durable options to choose from and the upgraded cost is well worth the look.  Not so durable flat paint is great for ceilings, but durable flat paint on walls is highly recommended.
  2. Eggshell or Satin – This paint finish works as an alternative to flat paint in bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms.  The walls will have a slight sheen when viewing from an angel and wall imperfections will be more evident.
  3. Gloss – This finish yields the most durable finish, but at the same time will accentuate minor flaws.  Walls should be perfectly prepped. Gloss finishes are good for doors, trim, and cabinetry.

Once you choose your paint, mix the individual cans together in a 5 gallon bucket. This avoids inconsistencies in the color.

Prepare for Painting

  1. Remove all outlets.  Use masking tape to stick the screws on the back of each plate, then, to avoid misplacing any of them, place all the outlet covers into a large zip lock bag.
  2. Fill all nail holes using a patching compound.  While still wet, using your putty knife, remove the excess.  Once dry, using a sanding sponge to remove what is left, creating a smooth surface.
  3. Use masking tape along the ceiling line and woodwork. To avoid paint seeping through the edges of the tape, smooth out the tape and create a good bond by using a plastic putty knife.

How to Choose a Paint Brush and Roller

Picking the proper tools for painting is as important as the paint itself.  Keep in mind, not all brushes and rollers are created equal.

  1. Oil base paint, stains, and varnishes –  Use a natural bristle brush.
  2. Latex paint –  Use polyester or nylon polyester blend brush.
  3. Stucco wall or pop corn ceiling- Use a thick pile roller.
  4. Smooth surface – Use a short nap roller.

Brushes come in different sizes from 1″ – 4″ in width. A narrow brush such as a sash brush is good for cutting in edges, while a wide brush is good for flat surfaces.

To avoid climbing up and down a ladder, use an extension handle to reach hard to reach places.

How to Paint with a Paint Brush

Cut in first, then paint the wall. Paint one wall at a time. Try not to stop in the middle of a wall.   If painting a large surface, a roller works must faster than a brush.

How to Paint with a Roller

If you are using a roller, roll and in the shape of an N first, then cross roll it. Finish with some up and down strokes.

DIY Painting can be very rewarding.  Take your time painting a room and follow these painting a room tips. Not only will your paint job look better, but will last for years to come.

Further reading: The 60-30-10 Rule for Room Color



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