Painting a room yourself can be easy if you go about it the right way and can also be a lot of fun. To change a room color, or simply paint on a fresh coat can help it to look both clean and inviting.
If you are looking to change the setting of your room without changing the actual furniture, then re-painting your room a different color may do the trick.
If you are unsure where to begin, as you are someone who has never painted before, or a beginner, here are some tips to help ensure that you get great results:
- Begin with a clean wall. Make sure to wash off any dirt, grease, or anything that shouldn’t be there. If you are using soap to clean the walls, be sure to go back over those spots with plain water so that you won’t have soap residue.
- Sand paper any previously puttied spots, and use putty in order to have a smooth wall. If your walls have any holes or broken areas, be sure to repair those before you begin painting.
- Use trim tape to save your floors and windows, or anything else you don’t want paint on. There is a special painters tape made for this purpose; it is easy to apply and take off. This tape can also be applied for a long time without peeling off any paint on your wall, like normal masking tape might.
- Use a brush AND roller. In the smaller and hard to reach areas, you will need to use a paint brush. This is where the paint tape comes in handy as you are painting in those crevices and corners, even next to the floor while painting the trim you can apply the tape. Paint tape helps to protect the paint from getting all over as well as you creating the perfect line.
- Prime the walls for maximum coverage and the best look. Priming the walls means you are just preparing them for the actual color that you will apply to the walls. If you are beginning your paint job with a darker color than you are going to use, you will need primer to ensure you an enhanced, even color. Primer should also be applied to walls using a light color, as it will also help to create an even layer of paint.
- Lay the roller on the wall with sweeping strokes. Start on the middle of the wall and roll upward and then down at a slight angle while applying pressure. Be sure to not touch the ceiling or anything you don’t want paint to be on. While you are painting make sure to do it quickly, as you don’t want the paint to build up or create roller marks.
- Don’t forget to wrap your brush and paint if you take a break, even for just 10 minutes. Be sure to use a plastic bag or plastic wrap in order to keep your brush from drying out, as they will dry quickly. Also in the middle of pouring paint onto your paint pan, be sure to keep your paint covered in order to avoid drying as well.
Painting a room may seem like a daunting task at first, but follow these tips and you will be perfecting your painting techniques in no time!