Interior Painting Tips for Homeowner
Repainting your home’s interior is a great way to brighten up a room or transform your decor. As far as home improvement projects go, painting is relatively inexpensive and doesn’t take much in the way of special skills or equipment, so it’s the ideal DIY project to tackle in a weekend or two.
Of course, knowing a few tips and tricks will make your project go more smoothly. Follow these directions to get great results on your next painting project whether you’re staging your place for a quick sale, or just looking to change up your style.
#1. Gather Your Tools
It’s important to make sure you have everything you need before you get started. After all, you don’t want to stop in the middle and have your paint dry out while you run to the hardware store for something you forgot! Here’s what you need:
- Interior primer
- Interior paint
- Paint roller and pad
- Extension pole for the roller
- Stir sticks
- 2-inch angled sash brush
- Drop cloths
- Painter’s tape
#2. Clear Your Work Area
First, move your furniture and belongings out of the room. The more space you can create, the easier it will be to maneuver. Emptying the room also minimizes the change you’ll accidentally spill or spray paint on your valuables, so take the time to move things around. If you have large items that are difficult to move out, at least put them in the center of the room and cover them with drop cloths for protection.
#3. Prep Your Walls
Next, assess your ceiling and walls. Wipe off any dust or dirt for a clean surface. Use spackle to patch any holes by pressing it into the hole and then wiping the surface smooth. Once the spackle is dry, apply a coat of interior primer to help paint adhere to the walls. If your walls are a dark color, use a stain-blocking primer to avoid your old color bleeding through.
#4. Get Ready to Paint
Start by spreading a drop cloth on the floor where you plan to begin painting, making sure to tuck it in right up to the corner to protect your floor. You can tape it in place if you like. Open your paint and stir it thoroughly with the stir stick, then use the hammer and nail to poke several holes in the rim of the can. This will allow paint to drop back in the can after pouring so your lid is easy to replace. Pour paint into the well of your roller pan and affix the pad to the roller.
#5. To Tape or Not to Tape?
If you’re a novice, you’ll want to use painter’s tape to tape around windows and door frames so you get a nice clean line with your paint. However, if you have a steady hand, you can use your angled sash brush to carefully paint an outline around these items instead. A new brush will leave a sharp line, and if you’re feeling confident, this can be faster than taping.
#6. Cutting In
Whether you tape or not, dip your sash in the paint can and wipe off excess pain from one side. Use this brush to outline the corners and around any windows and door frames. This process is called cutting in, and it allows you to paint neatly up to edges where your roller can’t reach. Once you complete one wall, use your roller to fill in the rest of the space.
#7. Rolling on Paint
Dip your roller in the well and wipe off the excess paint by rolling the pad over the ridges several times. To paint the field, start by making a large X. Then roll up and down in long strokes over the X to even out the color. Repeat until you’ve covered the field of one wall; check for skips as you go to avoid white spots. Don’t worry if the paint is uneven on the first coat — you’ll fix it on the second round!