Painting a Room

Painting a Room
Mar 13

Painting a Room

Beautifully painted room

Painting a room can be an amazing DIY project with the right tools. patience, and attention to detail. Though most of us don’t know what is really involved in a proper paint job, here are some tips that give a fairly good outline of how to paint a room.

Depending on your budget and time constraints, there is always room to improvise and cut corners, but if you’re looking for professional results, attention to details and following the process makes all the difference. Speaking from experience, sometimes hiring a professional ends up being worth every penny. I would recommend really looking at the scope of your project (how many rooms, etc) and making your decision based on how large/difficult it will end up being. In either case, whether or not you decide to paint professionally or paint the room yourself, choosing the right color to enhance your living space is crucial.

Tip 1: Choosing the Right Color Paint for your Room

Choosing the Right Color to Paint your Room

Choosing the Right Color to Paint your Room

Although this sounds relatively simple, choosing the right paint color is more than just going to the store and looking at buckets of paint. When painting a room, the color you’ve chosen will actually change based on the lighting throughout the day as well as the lighting you have in the room. Take yellow for example; what might start out as pleasant, softer yellow will intensify towards sunset and take on a much darker, powerful hue.

So how do you practically choose the right color? Easy. Take several paint swatches you like home with you and hold them up to your wall at different times during the day. You’ll get a fairly good idea of how the color will appear.

If you’re still having a difficult time choosing the color scheme, a useful tip is to base it on how large your room is. Using lighter, pastel colored paints for small rooms actually creates a feeling of openess and space. If the room is large, darker, bolder colors are good for creating a cozier feel. Remember that you are also not limited to one color for the entire room. One of the techniques for creating a more balanced feel is to paint one wall a more dramatic color such as a dark red and then complement it with a lovely cream color on a neighboring wall. Make sure to also consider the furniture and fabric schemes you have when choosing the color for the room since you don’t want them to clash.

Once you’ve settled on the general color, you can paint white pieces of cardboard with several coats of a paint sample so that you can choose exactly the right hue you’re looking for. Follow the same technique with the paint swatches and hold them up to your walls in the morning, afternoon, and evening. You should then have a very good idea of how your room will appear.

Tip 2: Getting the proper tools for painting a room

If you’ve decided to take on the paint project yourself, then getting the proper tools is very important. I’ve painted my home using less-than-adequate tools and it turned out quite nice, but i wouldn’t say the paint job looks “professional.” Then again, I was on a tight budget and “professional” was not the goal.

So I am going to present you with two lists; the first one for the less picky/professional home painter, and the second for those looking to create a masterpiece.

Basic paint job supplies:
-roller, sleave, and tray or bucket and cage
-extension for roller
-brush (2″ and 4″)
-drop cloth

Professional paint job supplies:
-drop cloth
-putty knife
-sand paper
-rollers, sleaves, bucket, cage
-extension pole
-set of coarse brushes 1″ to 4″
-semi gloss for the trim

Tip 3: Preparing the Room before Painting

Remove everything you can. Paint, believe it or not, is incredibly messy, and we don’t always cover things properly before painting (even though we could’ve sworn we did!). Next, if you’re among the more professionaly-minded painters, you need to begin by taking care of all the cracks, scraping away chipped paint, taping over, treating holes in the wall, using sandpaper, filling them in, taping over, and then covering them all with primer. The faster painters will skip this step and hope for the best. Once you’ve swept the floor from all the dust and paint chips, you’re ready to put down your drop cloth. I personally used regular plastic, but the proper way to protect your floors is to use a good quality drop cloth to guarantee that the paint will not get through.

Tip 4: Painting the Room

The best place to start when painting the room is actually the ceiling. There is a proper technique to using the roller once you’ve covered it evenly with paint. Also, getting paint in the edges requires a little trick, moving the sleave of the roller a bit off from it’s regular placement. Once you’ve finished the ceiling, move on to the walls. There is a technique called “cutting in” which requires you to use one of the wider brushes to paint along the edges of the wall percisely. You then go back to using your roller to fill in the gaps. It is recommended to paint with the roller in long strokes in a type of ‘M’shape to make sure that you’re putting on an even coating all accross the wall. After you’ve completed the walls, the next step is to paint the trimming Don’t forget that when painting, you will need to apply more than one coat on all the painted surfaces after they dry.

Tip 5: Cleaning Up

For very simple, basic, easy to follow tips on how to clean up after painting a room, here’s a little article that can help:

Painting a room is one of the most fun and exciting room decorating ideas. Make sure to look through home and interior design magazines to see just how creative you can be with painting your home.

Here is some additional, professional painting advice:

This Old House has incredible tips:

Painting Video tutorial from eHow:

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