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Aug 11

How to Paint A Room

How to Paint A Room (courtesy of Home Depot)

You’ve carefully selected your products and you’ve taken the time to properly prepare your room for painting. Now comes the moment of truth…applying the paint! As with any other home improvement project, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do the job. Let’s start with the ceiling and work our way down.

First, be sure to select paint specially designed for ceilings. It has a flat sheen, so the ceiling will have an even look. It will also help diffuse light, and it’s formulated to spatter less than wall paint. And, ceilings don’t always need to be painted white! Try tinting the ceiling paint to tie in with the colors you have planned for the walls.

As you can see, this particular ceiling has what’s called the popcorn texture. Many of these textures are water soluble, so it may dissolve and come down if you apply a water-based, latex paint. To avoid this, seal the surface with a white before you apply the paint.

Alright, let’s start by cutting the edges of the ceiling with a brush. Now, before you start any painting job, you should apply a thinner to your brush – water for latex or mineral spirits for oil-based paints – and remove any excess. Dip your brush about 1/3 of the way up the bristles, so paint doesn’t accumulate all the way up to the ferrule.

Gently tap the brush to both sides of the bucket, but don’t drag or press the brush against the rim…it will remove too much paint.

Start your first brush stroke 1 width from the edge, and then return to the starting point and brush toward the edge. Then, smooth the paint with a light touch.

Reload the brush, and start the next stroke on the wet edge and apply toward the dry. Then, back-paint toward the wet and lightly feather the 2 areas together with light strokes.

Now, only cut the edge for an area you can roll off, while maintaining a wet edge – say, a 3×3 foot section. Before you apply paint with a roller, prime the roller pad with a thinner, and remove any excess.

Dip the roller into a tray and saturate it with paint. Then, remove the excess by gently rolling it
back and forth across the graded portion of the tray. Begin rolling on paint along the still wet cut- in edge, to prevent overlap marks.

Reload the roller often, and roll slowly and lightly, then back-roll to blend the paint. As you can see, we’re using a roller with a long nap, due to the rough, textured surface.

Continue working in small sections, by first cutting along the wall, then applying with a roller, rolling out the paint, then blending.

Also, be sure to vary the roller directions slightly, because perfectly straight lines are more likely to show overlap marks.

Repeat this process until the ceiling is done, and immediately wipe up any drip marks on the walls as you go.

Now, make sure you apply blue painter’s tape to any ceiling molding before applying paint to the wall. The process is similar to painting a ceiling. You want to work in small sections, and cut in only as much as you can roll off before it dries.

Begin by rolling along the vertical wet edge in one corner of the room. And then, paint a 3-foot high “W” pattern, and fill the pattern in.

Once you’ve completed enough “W” patterns to fill a floor to ceiling section,fill your roller with a light load, and blend in the sections. And, if you need to stop before completing our room, stop on either an inside or outside corner. This will help hide some of the subtle color or sheen differences you may have when you continue painting later. Continue the process of cutting and rolling until all of the walls in the room are completed.

Allow this coat to dry for at least 12 hours before applying a 2nd coat, and allow the finished walls to cure for at least 24 hours before you mask off the walls to paint trim. This way, paint won’t come off with the tape when it’s removed.

If you buy premium products, prep the surface and use the proper technique, you’ll get professional results every time!

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