How to paint a room

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Video by Lowe’s Home Improvement

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Ready for a change a quality paint job
is one of the least expensive ways to
transform your home and make any room
look good the first step and the key
step is prep you need to do this watch
our how to prep for paint video and
don’t run out of paint in the middle of
your project the general rule when
buying paint is one gallon will cover
about 400 square feet use the old length
times height equation to get the square
footage of each wall for the trim use
length in feet and point five for the
width if you’re not sure about how much
paint you’ll need head to
so here’s the general plan work from the
top down do the ceiling then the walls
and finish with the trim if you’re using
more than one gallon mix them in a
five-gallon bucket to ensure color
consistency this is called boxing a
smaller cut bucket works great for the
edges painting the ceiling is a similar
process to how you’ll paint the walls
brush the edges then use a roller
remember to avoid splatter don’t roll
too fast once it’s dry you can mask off
the edges with painters tape and start
on the walls to paint the edges or cut
in dip the brush about a third of the
way into the paint and tap it against
the sides no scraping holding the brush
like a pencil paint with smooth strokes
feathering out the edges to prevent runs
getting a little bit on the trim won’t
matter since you’re painting that later
but try not to be super messy now for
the roller if you’re using a bucket
you’ll need a roller grid for pans use a
liner for easy cleanup to help the paint
load first dampen the roller cover with
a wet rag dip just a little ways into
the paint and roll a few times to even
it out resist the urge to submerge the
roller it’ll make a mess starting near
the edge roll the paint in a zigzag
pattern it helps to roll in several
directions to get good coverage
especially on textured walls go slow to
avoid paint splatter and don’t press and
squeeze the roller to get more paint out
of it just reload work in four foot sections
top then bottom once you get going you
can go back along the edges a few tips
turn the roller sideways to get really
close to the ceiling and baseboards and
to remove buildup and runs lightly roll
down over the painted areas this is
called laying off paint one wall at a
time for each coat two coats for the
room if you need to take a break cover
your bucket and wrap up your brush and
roller put them in the fridge if you’ll
use them the next day after the walls
are completely dry
grab some painters tape for the trim
work run it against the wall trim edge
and press it down with a plastic putty
knife now you’ll have straight lines on
your trim once you’ve painted the trim
you’ll want to remove the tape a knife
can help cut along spots where it’s
stuck remove it shortly after it’s dry
this will prevent peeling some tapes
have specific removal time
recommendations so make sure you check
before you pull it off finally cleanup
for latex paints run the brush under
water and use a cleaning brush to clean
the paint from the bristles work some
hand cleaner into it rinse again and
reshape the brush use a five-in-one tool
for roller covers and store upright how
about that for some awesome impact
remember take your time and enjoy great
results for more help with your paint
project check out Lowe’s Calm
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