How to Paint a Room
It is much easier to paint in interior room than to paint a structure outdoors. Painting a room is the easiest way to improve and change the atmosphere in a room. Choose a color based on your intention for painting. Are you looking for the dramatic effect, to brighten the space, or to set a relaxing tone? Armed with this information Dreamland Interiors, Inc. will help you choose the perfect color combination.
First gather your supplies: screwdriver, drop clothes, sponge and clean rags, paint brushes angled and straight, paint roller, ladder, sandpaper, spackle, dust mask, plastic wrap and rubber band to cover brushes or rollers if job is interrupted, putty knife, painter's tape, primer, paint, paint buckets, solvent if oil based paint, jars for soaking brushes. Or you could just have us schedule the painters to complete the project.
Remove or cover furniture, remove items from walls, cover floor, wrap plastic wrap around fans or light fixtures, cover door knobs.
Paint will adhere to the walls better if they are clean. Use water and mild dish detergent and sponge to wipe down walls.
Fill cracks with spackle or compound and sand smooth.
Always check the product instructions before beginning.
Apply the primer. Professional painters even tint the primer to make the actual application of the main color easier to apply.
Apply painter’s tape to cover areas not to be painted, pressing the edges as you go with a putty knife. As you paint each surface, carefully remove the tape before the paint dries.
Dampen brush and rollers before painting. Start with the ceiling. You may want to use an extension on your roller.
For brushwork use a small bucket. They make them with handles for added convenience. For rollers, partially fill a tray. Cut in about 3 to 4 inches around the ceiling where it meets the wall, starting in a corner. Apply the remainder of the paint on the ceiling with a roller.
Let the ceiling dry before painting the walls. Latex paint usually takes 2 hours to dry. Oil based paint needs 24 hours to dry. You can be taping the door frames and windows, etc. while you are waiting for the ceiling to dry.
Use the cutting-in technique to paint a strip along the edges at the ceiling, baseboards, doors and windows on the first wall. Paint the wall with a roller. Repeat steps with the remaining walls. Be checking often for runs or missed spots before the area dries.
After the walls are painted and completely dry, use painter's tape around the trim and windows. Use a smaller brush about 2 inches wide for the baseboard and the trim around doors and windows and paint with long, even strokes.
It is standard to apply two coats of paint, but it may not be necessary in all cases especially if you use one of the new paints with primer in the paint..
When finished, clean your brushes, rollers and other tools with soap and water or paint solvent according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Pour any remaining paint back into cans and reseal the cans. I use a marker and label the cans for easy future reference. I also make a small jar of touch-up paint which I also label and keep in handy spot.
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Natalie A. Gauci
Licensed Interior Designer working in the Tampa Bay, Florida area.