You don't need to hire a painter to paint that spare bedroom you have been wanting to paint. Even if you aren't sure about your abilities, you can paint a room without fail if you have the right tools for the job. See below for helpful tips and instructions on how to paint a room like a pro.
Here's What You'll Need:
- Latex paint
- 2 1/2 inch angled paintbrushes
- 3/8 inch nap rollers
- Roller extension
- Paint tray (with liners)
- Painter's tape
- Drop cloths
- Begin by taping off your baseboards with the painter's tape. This will help keep your paint from getting on the baseboards where you don't want it. Also tape around trim work and other walls that you don't want to be painted. Take your time, as you want your tape to adhere properly and be even all the way across.
- Next, stir your paint with the paint stirring stick (probably given to you at the hardware store you purchased your paint from). If you are painting over a dark color with a lighter color, you may want to prime your walls first before painting. Also, be sure to use the proper type of paint for your walls. Use a low-sheen paint such as satin or semi-gloss for walls, which is easier to hide wall imperfections, and is easiest to keep clean. For trim work, use higher gloss to make these areas pop more.
- Once you have your paint stirred, you can begin cutting in the paint color along the edges of the wall. Paint the bottom of the wall above the baseboards, being sure to keep paint off of the tape as much as possible. Then along the corners and finally at the top of the wall (you will probably need a ladder for this part).
- After you have the room cut in around all of the edges, use the roller dipped in paint from the paint tray and begin painting with the roller. Work in smaller sections and roll the paint on evenly. Roll up and at an angle, then down at an angle. This way you are covering the paint a second time and ensuring you don't miss any spots. Work your way around the room being sure you are using the same amount of paint on your roller as you go for even coverage. When finished, allow the first coat to dry and repeat the steps for a second coating if need be. In between coats, you can place your roller or paintbrushes in a plastic bag to keep them from drying.
- When finished with all of the coats, remove the tape before the final coat dries. The tape can sometimes tear off the paint from the wall if the paint is completely dry. Be careful when removing the tape.
When you are finished painting, clean up the paint brushes using warm water. Be sure to get as much paint out of the bristles so you can use it again for a future job. Use mineral spirits to get it really clean. Paint rollers should be tossed and new ones purchased for a future paint job.
Painting a room can be done in a single day and can be completed by even the most novice painter. Have the right paint supplies and be sure to take your time.