If you’re looking to make a noticeable change to the appearance of a room, try putting a fresh coat of paint in a new color on its walls. While you can hire professionals to do the job, there is a feeling of satisfaction when knowing how to paint a room yourself and having the ability to make it transform.
Pick a paint color
Step 1: Decide on the purpose and theme of the room. You should not choose a color until you know why you want to paint it.
Before you try to pick a paint color, you need to think about a couple of things. What is the purpose of the room? Do you have a theme? For example, if you’re designing a nursery for your soon-to-arrive baby, you might choose the theme of rubber ducks. After much consideration, you might decide to paint the walls yellow. Certain colors tend to be more popular than others for specific rooms, including bedrooms, hallways, and dining rooms.
Step 2: Pick out paint samples. Once you’ve chosen the color scheme, you can pick out samples.
Hardware stores are full of paint color cards. Once you choose a few you like, you can ask a salesperson to prepare samples for you to take home.
The best way to determine if you like a color is to paint it on the wall you want it on. Paint a small area with each of your samples. Let them dry overnight.
Look at them the next day, several times at different times of the day and in different types of light. Then make your choice. Choosing one that has primer built in with save you time.
Prepare the room
- Plastic or canvas drop cloths
- Painter’s tape
- Wall putty
Step 1: Cover all furniture. After removing all the small items, it is best to cover what is left to protect it from damage.
You can cover the furniture with plastic or canvas drop cloths. Plastic drop cloths are good for one-time use, but they make clean-up easy because you can pick them up and throw them away. However, canvas drops cloths absorb paint better. They can be washed and used multiple times.
Step 2: Patch holes or dents in walls. Carefully inspect the walls for any imperfections, dings, dents or holes.
Sand the area that is damaged. Follow the directions on the wall putty to fill the area. Let the putty dry and then sand again to smooth.
Step 3: Cover trim and ceiling. To keep from accidentally painting window and door trim, baseboards and the ceiling, protect them with painter’s tape.
Painter’s tape is designed to stay put when needed and then come off easily when the job is done. Place it on the areas nearest the wall on trim, baseboards and on the ceiling where it meets the walls. Once the paint is dry, you can pull the tape off for a clean finish.
Paint the walls
- Paint brush (angled)
- Paint roller
- Paint tray
Step 1: Pour paint and roll. Pour a small amount of paint into the paint tray and roll the paint roller in it.
You want to roll the paint roller until it has a nice coat of paint on it, but not overly saturated. It may take a little practice before you get it right.
Step 2: Roll paint on walls. Once the roller is ready, it is time to paint the walls.
To roll the paint on the walls, you should work in three to four foot sections at a time. Roll the paint up and down in a slightly zigzag motion. Stop a few inches before you reach the top or bottom.
To paint the top and bottom edges, turn the roller sideways and run it across. Typically, you will need to paint the entire wall at least twice.
Step 3: Cut in trim, edges and ceiling. The roller may not reach all the edges.
If the paint roller cannot reach all the way into the edges of these areas, use the angled paint brush to cut in the paint. This will give it a polished look when you remove the painter’s tape.
Step 4: Let the paint dry. The paint should dry completely before removing the painter’s tape.
Read the paint’s label as a guide to how long you should let the it dry. Take into consideration weather conditions as well. If it is humid, it may take a little longer. Once it is completely dry, you can peel off the painter’s tape, remove all the painter’s cloths, and put back the furnishings.
Not everyone enjoys the task of painting a room, but almost everyone loves the way it looks when it’s done. It can be easy to feel intimidated by the thought of painting a room by yourself, but by being prepared and taking your time, you can get the job done. Before getting started, remember to pick the right color for your purpose and theme, properly prepare the room, and gather the right tools to paint the walls. You’ll be amazed by the transition your efforts will make.