How to Paint a Room

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Giving the walls of a room a fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to freshen the look of a room.  In order to get the best possible results, it’s important to do the correct prep work ahead of time. 

  • Before painting, wash the walls with a large cellulose sponge and mild dishwashing soap.  Dirt, dust and grease can ruin a new paint job, so it pays to take the time to clean the walls first.
     
  • Use blue painters’ tape to tape off trim, floorboards, doorknobs and window and door frames.
     
  • Apply primer to the walls using a paint roller.  Follow manufacturer’s instructions for drying.
     
  • Paint the trim with a paintbrush.
     
  • Apply wall paint with a roller.  Move the roller to create large “w” shapes on the wall (see photo).  Continue until the entire wall is covered.
     
  • Remove the painters tape while the wall paint is still wet.  Use  a straightedge to apply wall paint in areas adjacent to trim. 

  • For a step-by-step painting demonstration, see this YouTube video.

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    Date: Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
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