How To Paint A Wall Yourself
There is a reason that many households pay professionals to paint, because it is not as easy as it looks and can also be very difficult on your body. Painting a room could take anywhere from an hour up to all day depending on how you prepped for the job, how fast you are, and also how many coats of paint you are going to put on. Although you don’t have to be a professional to do a good paint job it is also a bad idea just to throw a bunch of paint on a wall, so I am going to show you how to expertly paint your walls in as little time as possible. Let’s get started shall we?
What type of paint?
The first thing that you want to do is go to the store and grab some color swatches that you think that you want to use in your room. Do yourself a favor and grab enough so that you can make yourself one big swatch. The tiny swatches will not do your wall justice, and therefore will not give you an idea of what you’re really about to throw on your wall. There are many different options to picking paint. First you need to choose a type of paint. Do you want latex-based paint or oil-based paint? Latex-based paint is not as much of a hassle to clean up or to work with. On the other hand, oil-based paints are very difficult to clean off of yourself and your paintbrush, but oil-based paints are stain resistant. Another factor that you want to take in is what type of finish you want to purchase. Last, but definitely not least you need to pick your color.
Amount of paint?
The next thing that you want to figure out is how many cans of paint you are about to use, so before you go out to the paint store grab a tape measure and get some measurements of the room. The general rule of thumb is that 1 gallon of paint will cover 350 ft.² , so if nothing else you can plan accordingly to this . Remember not to forget the ceiling. To get the proper measurements you need to measure the longest wall in the room and multiply that by four. Also, I recommend doing at least two coats so you have to take that number that you just
came up with and multiply it by two. If you have any problems at all there are various online calculators.
Quality, Quality, Quality!
It is very easy to go to the hardware store and buy some of the cheaper paint but I would not recommend this. I always go mid-range to high-end paint, because of the quality and the way that they will look once the paint has dried. I mean, how many times will you be painting this wall? Not very often so you may as well go for the high quality materials and get it done right the very first time. This may cost you more money upfront, but in the long run it is an investment that is well worth it.
Now that we are finished picking out our paint it may be time to start with the preparation of your painting project. You can find the earlier article how to prepare for a painting project, and that may help you out a lot. We are going to go over some things right now that you will want to have done before you start painting the walls. Be sure that all walls are smooth and flat and if not scrape the excess paint using a scraper and make it flat. After you’re working on one smooth surface fill a bucket up with some warm water and some dish soap and grab a sponge and be sure to clean your whole area very nice and get all the dust and cobwebs away so that nothing will show through your paint.
Protect other surfaces
Grab some blue painter’s tape or some masking tape and be sure to cover every surface that you do not want to get paint on. The more you use the better it is for you and the less likely that you will get paint on the baseboard or on other surfaces.
Next on the furniture in the middle of the room and cover it. This will make it less likely that you will get any paint on your furniture. Check out some here.
Lets get started
Now that preparations are complete it is time to get started. Apply any necessary primer over stains, wallpaper, or anything else that you would be afraid that it might show through your new paint. Now that it’s time to paint the order you should paint is to first do the ceilings and finish with the walls.
The first thing you want to do is called “cutting in”. That means that you can use a brush to cut against all the services where roller is not to be able to get in tight enough. You are going to want to be sure to have to spread evenly on your brush because even though everything is taped off there is a possibility that it will bleed through on the trim. The beauty about using tape to cover up the trim is that it gives you something to work against instead of trying to stay away as much as possible. In essence, the masking tape saves you time because you don’t have to be as meticulous and steady handed as you would if the trim were not to be covered.
Grab the roller and go
Next you poor your paint into the roller tray. Be sure to be very careful when doing this and that you have a drop cloth underneath you at all times. There is nothing like getting ready to paint and then having to clean up your own paint spill, so do a favor for yourself and avoid this at all costs. Now dip the roller into the roller tray and go along the ceiling. Never stop the roller mid stroke, and if you do then start that line over. Now keep a painting like this until the ceilings complete and then let it dry and apply a second coat.
Paint the walls
After your second coat of paint is completely dry you can start on the walls. This dry time is usually at least 12 hours, so if you do not have your walls have to be painted yet now is a good time to do so. Once you feel that you can start on your wall project you simply “cut in” again, but this time on the wall and follow the same technique that used for the ceiling. Let the first coat dry and then apply a second coat and then dry and you should be complete.
Once your paint handling skills have improved you can try some special effects such as sponging, combing, or write rolling but we will leave all these for another day and another tutorial. Thank you for reading and I hope this guide has been informative.
A helpful tip: if you do accidentally tripped some paint on your carpet all you have to do is keep the wet and blot it up. Do not let it dry and come back to it later, because then you will have a real issue on your hands.