Tips for Painting a Room

By on 4-14-2013 in Home Improvement, Painting

painting wallsIf you’re looking to noticeably change a room or an easy home improvement project, you should try painting the walls. A new color can make a room more appealing and breath new life into the space. Painting a room is one of the most simple and commonly-undertaken home improvement projects there is. It’s also among the least expensive projects and can be completed within a weekend.

The most difficult and time consuming part of painting a room is preparing it. You’ll want to expose all of the walls’ surface area and give yourself plenty of room to move around. The first step to painting a room is sanding and scraping the walls. Sanding will make it easier for your paint to grab onto the wall, which reduces the amount it drips. Scraping will remove imperfections in the wall’s surface. It’s also a good idea to clean the wall since there may be dust or grease on it that can effect the results.

Once all of that is done, you’re ready to prime the walls to be painted. Using a primer is required when painting new drywall, since it will do a lot of work to help the paint stick. It’s also incredibly helpful to prime the walls when making a drastic change in color. In these cases, priming can save you an entire coat of paint.

Once the primer is dry, you’re ready to begin painting. Make sure you remove the covers to light switches and outlets and tape off their exposed underworkings. It’s also smart to use a canvas floor cover instead of a plastic one. Canvas is less likely to tear and much easier to wedge into corners. Canvas also absorbs paint and is reusable, unlike plastic.

Experts recommend using a small, angled brush around edges to give yourself some breathing room around them for when you move on to the rolling brush. When you’re using the rolling brush, paint in W shapes and then fill them in with vertical lines. Doing this helps keep the paint distributed evenly and gives you a method to follow rather than slogging paint onto the wall.

Once a layer is completed, you’ll have to wait for it to dry before applying another coat, if necessary. Keep painting in this manner until the wall is even and well-covered.

Before you know it, your wall will be awash in new color and the room will feel like a completely new place!