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DIY - How To Paint a Room

 DIY - How To Paint a Room

Painting is a great and inexpensive way to redecorate your house.  With this guide and tips you can do it yourself.  Here you will find tips for preparation before painting, what tools you need, and how to paint.

Preparing for painting

Your painting project will have a much better outcome if you prepare your walls for the paint.  There will usually be some holes from hanging pictures.  You can fill those in with spackling paste or compound or something called "ready patch".  Home improvement stores sell small containers of these sealers.  "Ready patch" is great because it dries really fast.  You can start painting after like 30 minutes of application.  Lightly sand the space that was spackled after it dries.

Cracked and peeling paint can be scraped and sanded.  It’s best to put Kilz sealer in the area where it was cracked after you scrape and sand.  Kilz will make the end result perfect.

Caulk is great to use when you have cracks in trims or spaces between trim and wall.  You can sand caulked areas after caulk dries for a smoother finish.

Primer can be very useful for preparing a room for painting.  If you have walls that are dirty with grease or mildew, I would prime them or paint them first with Kilz sealer.  Primer will also hide old paint and make your painting project easier.  For example, if your walls are navy and you want to repaint them into light beige, put a coat of primer on the walls first.  If you just paint them light beige without primer, you might have spots and streaks of navy coming through.

If you are not good with a brush or have not painted before, use painter's masking tape.  When taping off the ceiling line, put the tape right alongside the wall onto the ceiling.  Then press on the tape along its lines to make sure it stuck well to the surface.

Tools you will need

- Paint.  For a small room 1 gallon will be enough to cover the room with 2 coats

- Paint can opener, or something to open the paint can with

- Stir stick for paint

- Drop cloth

- Paint tray

- Roller with handle, roller cover (attached part that will be covered in paint), extension pole (that can be attached to roller with handle to reach high ceilings)

- Paint brush, best is 2.5" angle brush.  You can use this brush for cutting nice straight lines at ceiling and on trims.  One of the best brands for such a brush is Purdy

- Painter's masking tape.  If you are not good at making straight lines with a brush, this is a great tool - just tape and paint.

Painting the room

- Start by moving all your furniture to the center of the room.  You need to have access to the walls.  3 feet should be a good enough space.  A ladder should be able to fit in the space you've made.

- Fill in holes, scrape loose paint, caulk and prime if you need to.  Use painter's masking tape to tape off ceiling lines, power outlets, and any other fixtures on the walls.  Put drop cloths on the floor to avoid paint drips.

- Open the can of paint and use stir stick to mix it.  Move the stick from bottom to top in a circular motion. 

- Pour a good amount of paint into the paint tray.  Take your brush and dip into the paint and pat it against the tray on both sides.  This will make the brush absorb the paint better.  Paint the edges and corners of the room with the brush first.  Go around all the outlets, ceiling line and floor line, and fixtures with it.

- Take the roller, put roller cover on it.  Attach extension pole to the roller handle if your ceilings are high. Roll the paint on the walls in even up and down strokes.  Try not to press the roller too hard against the wall, because this creates streaks.

- Now that you have one coat of paint on the wall, you have to wait for it to dry.  To save the roller and brush from drying, wrap them in plastic wrap or a plastic bag.  Once the first coat is dry to the touch, repeat the painting process again to apply the second coat.

- Take masking tape off after the second coat of paint is completely dry. 

- Wash the brush out.  You can also wash the roller cover, but I don't recommend it.  You have to wash it for a long time and thoroughly to really get the paint out.  It's easier to buy a new roller cover.  Wash out the paint tray and roller handle. 

- Use the same process to paint the trims - mask them out with tape and paint.

- Remove the drop cloths, put furniture together and voila! You have a fresh look, brand new room and you did it!


If you have started painting and feel like it's too much for you to finish, please feel free to ask for help from our group of professional painters.  You can contact us here at Amazing Home Decorating by emailing or calling 718-207-2228

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