6 Simple Steps to Painting a Room

Do you want to add color and paint to a room in your home but don’t know where to start? Or do you need to revamp a room with a fresh coat of paint? Painting doesn’t have to be difficult. Paint your room with ease with these six simple steps!

1. Prep the Room
Before you even set your brush in the paint, you’ll have to prepare your room for the painting process. First, remove all furniture from the room and place it somewhere safe so you don’t get any paint on your furniture throughout the process. If you can’t remove all of the furniture from the room, you can cover it with an old sheet or tarp you don’t care about. Next, clean the walls with a cellulose sponge, water, and minimal dish soap to remove dust and dirt from the walls. By doing this, you will remove any residue that could ruin a smooth finish. Once you’re done washing the walls tape all the trim work, doorframes, and windows so that your trim stays paint-free.

2. Prime Walls
Depending on the current color of your walls, you might have to prime your walls before you paint with the new color. Darker and bolder colors are harder to paint over. Also, if you think that you don’t have to prime the walls, think again! Primer helps the coverage and sheen of paint. Therefore, your finish coat of paint has a more uniform appearance. So if you want a high-quality paint job, don’t skip this step!

3. Cut In
You’ll want to cut in detailed areas first before painting the whole room. Usually the best brushes to cut in with are sash brushes. They are usually about 1-1/2 inches wide and cut at an angle making them ideal for cutting in around detailed areas like trim, outlets, tricky corners, or around the ceiling. Extend two or three inches out from the areas you are cutting in and keep a steady hand. This step might be the most time consuming step, but it’s the most important.

4. Use the W technique
You would think rolling paint onto a wall with a roller would be easy, but there are a lot of things that have to be taken into consideration. Depending on the type of paint you’ve chosen, you’ll want to match the nap length of the roller to the paint type to ensure a uniform paint job. When you start painting, use the “W technique.” Start in the corner of a wall and roll and W pattern on a three-by-three foot space. Continue the pattern without lifting the roller and paint three-by-three sections at a time. Also, don’t forget to keep refilling your roller with paint. You’ll want a uniform paint job so don’t spread the paint too thin, but don’t overload the roller with too much paint either.

5. Paint Trim
Once the new color is on your walls its time to paint the trim work. When the walls are finally dry, take tape and tape where the trim meets the wall. Then, paint the trim with a two-inch angled brush to make the process easier!

6. Clean Up and Enjoy!
The last step to painting a room is clean up! That’s right all you have to do after your room is painted is to clean your paint brushes. Forget about cleaning the rollers, they are relatively cheap and can be thrown out, but paint brushes can be pretty expensive, so its important clean them properly so you can use it multiple times.

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