Try to keep the outer edges light on the paint so the next section will blend in better. Finish one entire section of wall before moving onto another section.
How To Paint A Room: DIY Painting Tips
September 2, 2011 By 8 Comments
As I have been telling you, I am working on my daughter’s bedroom makeover. The biggest change we are making is painting the walls. I am one of those people who actually LOVES painting! It has something to do with instant gratification! You put on some paint…you immediately see results! I learned how to paint a room from my mom and dad when I was a child. They let me help repaint my bedroom and taught me the correct way to do it at the same time!
First make sure the walls and trim are clean. In my daughter’s room, this meant dusting the trim and removing the Sticky Tack (used for hanging posters) from the walls. Next, “tape off” the room. That means, use masking tape or painter’s tape to areas that you don’t want paint on. It basically makes a Do Not Cross line! I put masking tape on the side of the window trim, along the door trim, along the baseboard and along the piece of trim halfway up the walls.
Make sure to put something down on the floor to protect it like plastic or newspaper. Plastic would be the best option but I used newspaper in my daughter’s room because I didn’t have any plastic on hand.
An easy way to open your paint can is to use a bottle opener or a screwdriver, if you do not own a paint can opener!
The next step is cutting in! My favorite tools for cutting in are a disposable plastic cup, small paint brush, a rag and a step ladder. Pour some of the paint into the cup, which is easy to hold in one hand, and then dip your brush in.
Cut in carefully along the ceiling by holding the brush and pressing the bristles at an angle so they get right up along the edge.
DO NOT paint over switch plates, outlet covers or vent covers like the previous owners of this house!
Instead, remove any switch plates, outlet covers or vent cover and then paint around them.
Continue cutting in all of the areas where your paint roller will not reach…basically all of the borders.
Now, the area is ready for the roller. Disposable paint tray liners are a great time saver. Place one in your roller tray and pour in your paint. Load the roller with paint and roll on the wall in a zig-zag pattern, going back over each small section until covered. Continue rolling in small overlapping sections.
Clean your brushes and roller well! If you are only taking a short break, wrap the brush and/or roller in plastic to keep the paint from drying!
Do you have any DIY plans for Labor Day Weekend?
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