After many years of renovating and fixing homes, we have learned a lot about different ways to change a home for the better. One thing we have done many times is paint rooms. When tackling this project, there are many tools and tapes out there to help you. But from our experience, you only need a few simple items to get the job done properly.
Here is a simple step by step guide to help you prepare to paint your walls.
Step 1: gather your materials.
You will need:
- Slanted edge paint brush
- Paint tray
- Paint roller and cover
- Damp washcloth (one you don’t mind getting paint on)
- Plastic drop sheet
- Gallon (or more depending on size of room) of your preferred paint color
- Chair or step ladder
Step 2: lay the drop sheet along the wall edge.
The plastic sheet is meant to catch any drops of paint that might fall from the walls and brushes from getting on your floors. Make sure the plastic cover is touching your trim, to ensure no paint drops escape to the floor!
Step 3: stir the paint.
When purchasing a specific paint color, the paint store mixes multiple paint colors to get the desired effect. Paint when left sitting oftentimes is not mixed completely. To ensure you get an even coat of the correct color across the walls, use a stirring stick and mix up the paint. This will blend any colors used by the paint store to make your desired paint color.
Step 4: prepare the paint.
You can prepare the paint by pouring enough to fill up the bottom portion of the paint tray. The tray is useful for the roller. Place the roller on the top section of the paint tray, and roll back and forth to coat the cover evenly.
Now you are ready to paint!
Here are a few tips for painting your wall.
- Use the roller to do the central parts of the walls. Be aware that different thicknesses of the roller provide different textures for the wall. We personally like the thin rollers for they provide a less speckled effect. Roll paint on the wall evenly and smooth any globs that might exist by rolling over them once or twice. Be consistent and roll each section the same as the other. Even though you are using a roller, just like a brush there can still be stroke lines.
- When painting around the trim, ceiling, or in corners, use the paint brush. The brush will help you to keep your edges clean and smooth. Be sure not to have too much paint on the brush that it drips but have enough to smooth along the wall.
- When painting along trim, it is so easy to get little smudges of paint on your trim. When this happens, place your finger on a damp cloth and tighten the fabric around your finger. Wipe the wet paint off the trim, it should come off easy! Be sure to wipe the paint while it is still wet. A lot of people think that the best way to paint around trim is to tape the edges of the trim first, but we find that using a damp rag will save you time and effort in the long run.
- Use the step ladder to reach the higher spots. I believe this one is a given.
Now once you have completed the first coat, you get to see the difference that new color makes on the feel of your home! But, now its time for the second coat. It is fun to do the first coat, but going back can be tedious and undesirable But, just keep in mind that it will be for the best in the long run to have all those thin spaces smoothed and evened out.