How to paint a room
Anyone can paint a room, but not all of us can attain a professional outcomes. In order to achieve a professional look when painting, working efficiently, neatly and with careful preparation is a must. Transform your home and make any room look great with these basic tips.
Get organized before starting the job. Make sure the area is clean and all the furnitures are removed. Also, you have to make sure to cover anything that can’t be moved such as the door knob, electrical cables, floors and other fixtures.
Lastly, make sure you don’t run out of paint in the middle of your project.
Note: The general rule when buying paint is that one gallon will cover about 400 sq. ft. If you aren’t sure how much paint you’ll need, you can use Paint Calculator online. Once you have gathered all the paint you needed, you will need to mix them into a single bucket to ensure color consistency.
Begin working from top down. Paint the ceiling first, then the walls and finish with the trims.
Before you start painting, you should do cut-ins. “Cutting in” is a technique that helps you achieve clean lines at the corners and edges. Using an angled 2″ trim brush, make a series of short strokes away from the edges where the walls or ceiling meet.
PAINTING THE CEILING AND WALLS
After you have finished all your cut in work, the next step is painting the ceiling. Using a roller, glide the paint in one direction, moving along quickly. Once the paint on the ceiling has dried, mask off the edges with painters tape and you can start painting the walls.
TIPS WHEN USING A ROLLER
1. If you are using a bucket for your roller, you’ll need a roller grid. For pans, use a liner for easy clean-up.
2. To help load the paint, dampen the roller cover with a wet rag, dip just a little and roll a few times to even it out.
3. Go slow to avoid paint splatter.
4. Don’t press and squeeze the roller to get more paint out of it.
PAINTING THE TRIMS
Once the wall is completely dry, run the painters tape against the wall trim edge and press it down. Once you’ve painted the trim, you’ll have to remove the tape, but make sure the paint has completely dried.
After painting, you can keep the used rollers/brushes and still use it. Just make sure it’s been cleaned before storing it for future painting projects.
TIP: When you are taking a break, wrap your rollers/brushes in a sealed plastic to keep it moist until you are ready to paint again.
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