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How to Paint a Room

How to Paint a Room

Photo: S. Nada

I'll tell you the truth. I know how to paint, but I hate doing it. But that shouldn't scare you. For me, it has to do with painting within the lines - it goes against my personality. But for most people, painting is easy and the end product is an updated look for your room. This article will give you step by step instructions on how to paint a room, but it's up to you to provide the motivation.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Depending on the Size of the Room

Here's How:

  1. Prepare the room for painting by sanding, cleaning and repairing holes. If there are crayon or pen marks, cover with a quality stain-locking primer, otherwise the mark will show through even when covered by paint.
  2. Open windows for ventilation. Paint fumes can be noxious in a room with no air circulation.
  3. Use a good primer. It will cut down on the amount of coats of paint you will need and it will give the paint job a more professional look. Many of you think that it is just one more coat you don't need, but I promise you it is worth the trouble.
  4. Its always best to add two coats of paint over the primer unless one is a high quality one-coat paint. Not all one-coat paints live up to their names and you will not be satisfied with the result if you don't go ahead and add another coat.
  5. Cut in the edges around windows, in corners and where the ceiling meets the walls with a 2-3 inch angled brush. For larger areas, chose a roller.
  6. When using a roller, load it with only a small amount of paint from the rollerpan, especially when you are painting the ceiling. If you load too much paint, it will drip -probably on your head. Paint only an area about an arm's length square at once. You always hear that you should paint a W, but I suggest you just go up and down from one side to another, being careful to blend with the previous area. The object is to get the paint evenly on the area. What letter you use is up to you!


  1. Keep a cloth with you to clean up drips as soon as you make them.
  2. Start painting with the ceiling, then the walls

What You Need:

  • Stain-blocking primer
  • Paint
  • 2-3 inch andled finish brush
  • Paint roller
  • Paint Tray
  • Drop cloths
  • Painter's tape
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