A Beginners Guide to Painting a Room

  • 28th February, 2013
  • Category: Painting
Painting A Room

Adding a coat of paint can completely change the appearance of a room, but if you do not understand the basics of room painting, you might not be able to obtain the results you want from even the simplest job.

Before you take on this type of task, it is important that you take some time to go through the steps that you will have to follow to get the job done, as well as the materials that you will need to gather before you begin. Remember, having to run out to the store to pick up an important tool could be a lot trickier than you initially thought, especially if you are elbow deep in paint, so be sure to have everything you need before you dip the first brush into the paint can.

Purchasing Your Paint Tools
Before you start room painting, you will need to pick out the colours that you will be using, as well as gather all of the other materials that will be used for the task. Most people will find that the following tools are imperative to this type of job; masking tape, a roller, a drop cloth, wall, trim and sash brushes and range of cleaning supplies.

Cleaning and Covering the Room
It is usually a good idea to start off by cleaning the walls. The last thing you will want to do is paint over marks on a wall before realising that they can no longer be removed quickly and easily. It is important to ensure that the wall is dry before you begin painting. Remember to cover up everything in the room so that you do not mess paint on furnishings or decor while room painting; keep in mind that painting is a lot messier than you might have initially thought. You can make use of the drop cloth and the masking tape to cover those areas that you want to keep from getting covered in paint. When covering up holes in the wall, be sure to use a spackling compound before smoothing them down with sandpaper. Make sure that you wipe down the walls again to remove any dust particles.

Start to Paint
Once you are ready to begin room painting, start off with the brush, dipping it halfway into the jar of paint and then allow some of the excess to drip off. You will then begin painting the corners of the room, as well as the trimming around the top and bottom of the area. After you have completed all of the corners, you will then move on to the roller. After pouring some paint into the tray, press your roller down into the paint, and then use the rough section of the tray to roll out some of the excess. You can then begin painting the walls, repeating this step every time your roller becomes dry.

Use the Light to Your Advantage
The light might bring up marks that were initially difficult to see, and when you use it to your advantage while room painting, you will be able to determine whether or not you need to apply a second coat. If so, repeat all of these steps before allowing the paint to dry and removing the painting tape upon completion.

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