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A Quick Guide to Painting a Room

Keeping It Simple

For basic painting of the walls in your home, the job is rather simple. Even professionally, a basic wall covering is not rocket science.

The main advantage a professional painter has over the weekend remodeller is the speed of the experienced and a few well-practiced tricks of the trade.

There are a few of these methods that can cut the time you spend on painting that room from days to as little as a few hours. There are a few amateur problems that can be eliminated with a little knowledge as well.

The Right Tools For the Job

For quick, full coverage on most plain wall surfaces, you will want a paint roller. Standard sizes are about 12″ wide with an adjustable handle that allows the roller to reach to the top of the wall. The rollers are fluffy fabric tubes that attach to a roller frame on the handle. You will also need a rolling tray. These specially built trays have a lower area to hold your paint in a reservoir and a ridged area to wick excess paint off the roller before each pain stroke.

The Right Tools For the Job

The Right Tools For the Job

You will also need a paint brush. Usually a 1-1/2″ to 2″ brush is sufficient as it will only be used for trimming near the top and bottom of the wall and in the corners. If the room does have some hard to reach spaces between windows or close to opposing walls you may want to add a 3″ brush for covering these larger than normal areas where the roller won’t reach.

For covering and protecting the floor in the room you are painting, you have several options. Professionally, a large area plastic drop cloth would be stretched over the floor and taped down near the edges with the final cardboard covering flush up to the walls. For a lower budget paint job, taped down segments of butchers paper or even old newspapers can be used.

You will need masking tape especially for cutting out the areas around trim, light switches, electrical outlets, and any other thing you need to keep the paint off. You will need a small claw hammer to work loose the nails holding the crown molding and wall boards on as the wall surface should be painted with these pieces of trim removed and replaced once the paint is dry.

If you do not have a long enough handle on your roller to reach the ceiling, you will need a short step ladder or step stool so as to reach to the top of the wall.

The Simple Steps For a Perfect Paint Job

Start by preparing the wall surface. Sand off rough spots and fill in any gouges or damaged areas in the wall board. Finish by dry mopping walls and vacuuming out dust that could cling to the walls and mar the paint surfaces.

The Simple Steps For a Perfect Paint Job

The Simple Steps For a Perfect Paint Job

Then you will cut out all the non-painted areas in the room. This includes removing baseboard and crown trim. Use paper tape and drop sheet paper to cover light switches and electrical outlets and around windows and door frames. Lay down floor drop clothes and tape up to the edge of the wall. When you are finished with this step the only thing showing should be the area that will be painted.

Start painting the ceiling first. It is best to start by cutting in the edges and paint out from the wall a few inches into the ceiling area. Once done with the brush work, you finish the ceiling with a paint roller. Some practice will help you to get enough paint on the roller to afford decent paint coverage without having so much that the paint goes on too thick or leaves drip marks.

You then start on the walls in a similar manner. Always work downward from top to bottom in a room. Cut in from the ceiling first. Then go around windows, door frames and outlets and switches before finishing up on the wall at the bottom next to the floor. Always paint in 2″ to 3″ so that when the roller comes to the end of its stoke, there will be no spots missing paint.

Start at one corner and go around the room a wall at a time. Using the roller helps cover the surfaces much more quickly than if you just use a brush. It will also give a smoother, more uniform covering for the paint.

Cleaning Up Is Important Too

Once you have finished spreading the paint you will want to replace any unused paint back in the buckets. You will also want to take your brushes and rollers out and clean them thoroughly. Now you are done until the paint is completely dry.

Even during cleanup you will want to work top to bottom. Remove the taped on material from around trim, outlets, and any other piece in the room. Leave only the floor covering in place. Now you will inspect the paint job for any places where paint was missed or blemished in some way.

Using a small brush you will fix these spots. Only then do you remove the floor covering. Replace crown molding and baseboards and you should be ready to move your furniture back into your newly painted room.

Getting professional quality results in a simple paint job is really very easy. Just take your time, use some common sense, and you will have very little problem with this common do-it-yourself task.

This post was written by Tom, who is the owner of the best vacuums 2016 blog.