Learning how to paint a room properly is essential for beginning DIY’ers, new homeowners, and all the home improvement experts. After all, it’s pretty painless, relatively inexpensive, and fairly easy to achieve. But, before you go ahead and grab your roller to get started, it’s essential to have a plan of attack.
Create a Plan
Begin by imagining how you want the finished product to look. Have you identified what colour you’re painting the walls? What sheen? What product? We recommend doing a bit of research before making any sort of decision. Once you know exactly what shade, now it’s time to decide which walls are getting a fresh new coat.
Stock up on Tools & Materials
Every project is unique in it’s on way, but it’s safe to say you’re going to need:
- Paint Roller
- Paint Tray
- Drop Sheets
- Paint Brushes
- Painters Tape
- Sand Paper
- Rags or Paper Towel
If you don’t have enough space to relocate everything you own, push it all to the center of the room. You’ll want to cover the pieces with a drop sheet or lightweight plastic sheeting, and do the same with the floor. You don’t want to skip this step. Paint will splatter, we promise! Grab your painters tape and begin taping around the trim and door and window casings. Remove light switch and outlet covers and apply painter’s tape to protect outlets and switches from paint drips. Make sure you’ve addressed any deficiencies in the drywall before applying any paint products. Oh, and remember to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting some paint on!
Time to Paint
Start by mixing up your paint. You can give the can a shake before opening it, but you’ll also want to stir the product with a wooden stick. If the paint isn’t consistently mixed, you may risk deficiencies in the colour. Now that your paint is mixed and your roller is in hand, it’s time to strategize. Are you going to paint from the top down? Or from the bottom up? Make sure you determine this before the roller hits to wall to ensure you stay consistent.
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Victoria, BC, and Beyond
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