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How to paint a room

Painting is one of the easiest ways to breathe new life into your home without the huge expense of remodeling. Painting an entire room can be a daunting chore, but the results are so satisfying. Whether you choose to tackle the entire job in one day or break it into smaller projects throughout the week, here’s the best way to paint a room.

In this article, you’ll learn all the steps for painting a room, from preparation to clean up. Ready to get started?

Painting a Room

1. Gather your supplies

Before you crack open the paint cans, it pays to make sure you have all of your equipment gathered. This will save you the time and hassle of extra trips to the hardware store, and help you get the job done faster.

Make sure you have enough paint to cover the square footage of the walls you’re going to paint, along with enough painter’s tape, clean brushes, and rollers. You’ll also want to make sure the room is well-ventilated, both for the purposes of helping the paint dry more rapidly, and for health reasons while you’re painting.

2. Clean your walls

A professional-looking paint job starts with a clean walls. Begin by using your vacuum with a brush attachment to dust away cobwebs in corners and along baseboards. Scrub any areas that are dirty or grimy – such as around light switches, door trim, or in high-use areas like kitchens – with a mild soap and water. Rinse well to remove residue. Use spackle to fill in any nail holes, dings, or dents, and once that’s dry, use a pole sander to smooth the entire wall.

3. Protect your surfaces

Use high-quality drop cloths to avoid spattering paint on the floor. Thin cloth sheets will just let the paint soak through, and plastic sheeting can be slippery and dangerous.

Use painter’s tape to mark out the area that you’re going to paint, pressing firmly to ensure no paint bleeds through the back. We recommend starting by painting the trim.

4. Paint the trim

With a two-inch angled brush, paint the moldings, baseboard, and door and window frames. With door and window frames, start from the top and work your way down so that you can catch any runs into drips.

Let the trim dry, then add a second coat if necessary.

5. Paint the ceiling

Cut in around the edges of the ceiling with an angled paintbrush, then use a roller to fill in the center. Start painting near one corner of the room, blending strokes from your roller into the cut-in border. To avoid straining your back and neck while painting the ceiling, use a rolling motion that goes across your body, rather than moving backwards and forwards.

6. Paint the walls

Once the ceiling and trim are dry, use painter’s tape to protect the trim, then cut in the wall paint. Then, use a roller to fill in the rest of the wall, using a W pattern. Continue going in a coherent manner until you’ve finished, painting only one wall at a time. Let your first coat dry, then go over it again if necessary.

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