What are the key steps to painting a room?

Once all of the prep work is complete, painting a room is a pretty simple process. The first thing you want to do is clean the walls thoroughly. Use a solution of dish detergent and water and scrub with a sponge. Once the wall is clean, rinse well with water to remove the sudsy residue. People tend to skip this step, but if you don’t take the time to clean the grit and grime off of the walls, you won’t have a smooth, professional finish once you’ve added the new coat of paint.

Next, cover the floor with drop cloths. You will want to use a drop cloth instead of a plastic covering because plastic won’t absorb the paint and you can create a very slippery and potentially messy situation using plastic to cover the floor.

Once you have the floor covered, tape the trim with painters tape. You want to use a painters tape with at least a two-inch width. Also, cover any moldings, windows and door frames that aren’t being painted. After you have finished taping, prime the walls. You should always prime the walls before painting regardless of how many times the walls were painted previously. Priming the walls will make the new coat of paint look more vibrant and bold and is essential if you want professional looking results.

Use a two-inch angled brush on areas of the wall where a roller can’t go. These areas include the trim and in the corners, as well as around windows, doors and moldings. Finally, use the W technique when painting. Start in a corner and paint a three-foot-by-three-foot W on the wall. Then fill in the W without ever lifting the roller from the wall. Keep this technique up until you finish.

Once you’re done painting the walls, remove the painters tape immediately from the trim. If you wait until the paint dries completely, you risk peeling the paint off the wall. Once the wall is completely dry, tape where the trim meets the wall. Then paint the trim, the door and the window frames and moldings using a two-inch angled brush.

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