Painting 101: Paint any room from start to finish
Be sure to have these tools and materials ready before you start – you’ll save time and aggravation.
– Sanding sponge (fine grit)
– Putty knife
– Drop cloth
– Painter’s tape (Optional. Read #6 below)
– Paint roller
– Roller cover(s)
– Paint tray and disposable liners
– Angle sash paint brush (Do not be afraid to spend a little bit more for a high quality brush. Your paint job will be a reflect the extra investment)
– Soft cloth
-Dust Mask (Wear when sanding)
-Safety glasses (Wear to make sure no paint or debris gets into your eyes)
Choosing a Color
Try it out first! Looking at a color swatch in-store will not show you how it is going to look in your home. Here at Page’s we offer peel and stick paint chips that you can take home with you and stick directly on your wall. This will allow you to see how the color looks with your lighting and furnishings. Try some coordinated paint swatches for wall, trim, and accent ideas. We also offer quart-sized color samples which we recommend using before making a final color selection. After all of the hard work you will be doing, you absolutely deserve a color you’re going to love!
Painting a room is fairly easy – it’s the prep work that takes a while to accomplish. It is easy to spot a poorly painted room and, more often than not, haste is the culprit. Drips and uneven lines are dead giveaways for rushing to get a room finished. The foundation for a well executed paint job is the prep work you do. Before the paint can is even open, follow these guidelines to get your room ready for a fresh coat of paint.
1. Clear any items out of the room that you do not want to get splattered by paint. For items too large to remove, move them to the center of the room and cover with a large drop cloth.
2. Remove any switch plates, outlet covers, or anything else that may be screwed into the wall, as well as all paintings and hanging mirrors. Be sure to put all screws and hardware into a bag so you will not lose them.
3. Sand any loose paint or rough patches on your walls. Be sure to fill all nail holes, wall blemishes, and crevices with spackle. Press the spackle firmly into any imperfections on the wall with a putty knife and then smooth until the spackle is flush with the wall. Spackle often shrinks when it dries, so it is necessary to apply a second coat after the first has dried. Be sure to sand the walls after the spackle has dried completely.
4. Surface dirt can cause poor paint adhesion, so it is important to wipe off any spackle dust with a soft cloth. Remove tough stains using a mixture of detergent and warm water. Repeat process as well with doors and trim. Painter’s Tip: A swiffer duster is an easy way to dust walls quickly.
5. If you’ve patched holes in your walls, then you will need to use a primer before painting. Primer fills in the sponge-like pores that spackle leaves behind and creates an even area for the paint to adhere to. Primer is also a must if you are going from a dark color to a light color. Primer can also hide stains and help protect against mildew.
6. First-time painters often tend to tape every edge of their room which can be protective, but also very time consuming. There is an easier and faster way to paint the edges in your room; the cutting in method. Keep in mind that one brush does not fit all. An angled sash brush between 1” and 2 ½” will work the best. This will allow for straight line trimming around the edges and corners of the room. Cutting in with a paint brush is a skill that can be mastered, but if you cannot do this, you will need to spend the time taping off the room. Using short pieces of painter’s tape, press the tape down and overlap the next piece of tape on the previous. Please note: The paint may bleed underneath the tape.
Another simple way to paint edges and corners is by using these products below. This ceiling and trim edger and v-shaped corner painter will allow you to paint quickly with ease.
7. First, it is important to have enough paint to do your entire room, as well as having some extra leftover for future touch ups. One gallon of paint covers about 350 square feet. This will easily cover two coats of a 12×12′ bedroom, for example. Begin by rolling paint on the wall in a “W” shape, evenly distributing paint across the wall. It is important to keep moving and roll out any heavy spots. Painting tip: When the roller begins to make a sticky or peeling sound on the wall it is time for more paint. It may seem easier to apply one thick coat to the wall and then call it quits, but that is when the paint will begin to glop and create drip marks. Take your time – Don’t let all of your prep work go to waste. Your first coat does not need to be perfect. Touching up with a second coat will get rid of any imperfections and allow for a professional looking job. You may want to get things done quickly, but it is a big mistake to rush a second coat of paint before the first is fully dry. Painting too soon with cause paint to tear off the wall as well as leaving roller brush strokes. We recommend 24 hours of drying time for the best results. After the walls are completely dry, you can paint the trim, doors, and windows if necessary.
This all may seem like a lot of work, but the satisfaction of transforming your home with a coat of color is well worth the effort. Make the project fun – Turn on some music, invite some friends to help, and host painting a party. In the end you will be pleased with your professional paint job without footing the large bill that comes with a professional painter.