Scroll down to discover all the steps to help you paint a room with ease, from selecting the paint to tidying up when you’re done.
- Step 1 – Gather Supplies
- Step 2 – Pick your Paint Colour
- Step 3 – Prep the Room
- Step 4 – Prep your Walls and Trim
- Step 5 – Paint the Ceiling First
- Step 6 – Paint Trim, Windows, and Doors
- Step 7 – Apply Painter’s Tape to the Edges
- Step 8 – Cut In Wall Edges
- Step 9 – Use Roller to Paint
- Step 10 – Remove Tape and Clean Up
Applying a fresh lick of paint on your walls and ceiling is an exciting way to freshen up a room on a budget. For many people, painting a room is a great DIY project that helps to welcome spring into your home, as the warmer months ahead herald a new season.
To make your life easier, follow the simple step-by-step process below to ensure you get your DIY paint job right and enjoy a brand new room that will bring new vibes into your space.
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Step 1 – Gather Supplies
Before embarking on painting your room, you first need to invest in the right tools and materials to get the job done properly. Here are the key items that you need.
- Drop cloths
- Paint tray
- Paint brushes
- Roller frame
- Long-hand held rollers
- Flexible putty knife
- Painter’s tape
- Masking paper
- Paint stir sticks
- Paint samples
- A gallon of paint
- Ceiling paint
- Trim paint
- Stain-blocking primer
- Wall spackling compound
- Two 12.7 mm and 9.5 mm nap roller sleeves
- A heavy-duty wall cleaner or trisodium phosphate (TSP)
Step 2 – Pick your Paint Colour
Choose your paint
Selecting the right paint colour for your room is crucial to getting the home refresh look that you are after.
First, narrow down the specific colour palette you fancy for your room in order to ease your choice of paint colours.
The starting point is to figure out whether you want to stick to the same hues that you currently have on your room walls, the ceiling, and the trims, or you are after a totally different look.
Create a Pinterest room makeover board to help you gather ideas that will inspire you to make an informed decision.
Once you are clear about the specific paint colours that you want, the best way to choose the right paint colour for each area of your home is to enlist professional advice.
Head to the household paint section of your local home improvement stores and ask them to mix three to four colour samples of the respective shades that you have selected for each area of your room.
Apply your colour sample on different areas of your room to get an idea of what the paint colours would like once on the walls, the ceiling, and the trims. Keep in mind that the same shade of paint looks different based on the lighting in the room. So, try to assess how your chosen paint looks when exposed to both natural and artificial lighting before making a final decision.
High quality paint brands to consider for your DIY room paint job are Farrow & Ball, Dulux, Graham & Brown, Valspar, Sherwin Williams, and Benjamin Moore. They will definitely deliver a long-lasting result for your bucks.
Choose a paint finish
There are different types of paint finishes to choose from, depending on the parts of your room that you are painting and the final look you are seeking to achieve for your space.
Matte and flat finishes tend to absorb light. They generally work well for rooms with uneven or textured walls, and they are great to hide wall imperfections. Matte and flat finishes are a little difficult to clean.
Satin finish is just a little bit reflective of light and is generally easy to keep clean. They perform well in high traffic areas such as the entryways, the living room, the kitchen, children’s bedrooms.
Semi-gloss finish is relatively great at reflecting light. This long-lasting paint finish is ideal for high maintenance areas that need a regular cleanup like the bathroom, the kitchen , doors, the utility room, and the trims.
Gloss finish is highly reflective of light and tends to be easy to wash. This paint finish is a great choice for doors, trims, and bathroom or kitchen cabinets.
Step 3 – Prep the Room
Remove as much furniture in your room as you can. For the remaining bulky items in your space that you opt not to move for obvious reasons, cover them alongside your floor with a fabric drop cloth. This will avoid any paint spills and splatters ending up on your furniture and floor.
Use a masking paper to cover the carpet and the floor along your trim to protect them from paint splatters and spills.
Step 4 – Prep your Walls and Trim
Before patching and painting your trim and walls, start by removing all dirt and dust with a heavy duty cleaner or trisodium phosphate (TSP). The latter helps remove heavy stains, traces of grime, grease, and chalked paint from your walls, trim, and floors.
Deep cleaning your walls and wood trim first will ensure your chosen paint adheres better and longer to the painted surfaces.
Next, use a utility light on all surfaces to be painted to identify any potential imperfections such as bumps and nail pops that will require your special care.
Take time to smooth out your surfaces first. Then, fill any cracks and holes with a patching compound or spackle. Allow for some drying time. Smooth out rough spots with sandpaper.
Make sure to apply primed over your touched up areas before proceeding to painting your room.
Remove switch plates and outlets to ease your painting process by going right into the little corners hidden behind them.
Prime walls to help paint adhere better.
Step 5 – Paint the Ceiling First
When painting a room, start with your ceiling first to avoid paint spills and splatters ending up on your cleaned walls and trim.
To ease the task, pour roughly three cups of paint into a container you can hold in your hand.
Paint the edge of the ceiling along the perimeter of your room by using a 2-12.7 millimetre angled paint brush. (This process is known as “cutting in.
Use a 9.5 mm nap roller to paint your ceiling from one corner of the room to the other. Make sure to apply the paint on the nap roller in the same direction, one roller width at a time, by gently overlapping the previous row.
If you need to apply a second coat of paint, roll the paint in the opposite direction you painted the first coat.
Step 6 – Paint Trim, Windows, and Doors
Before painting the trim, decide in advance whether you exclusively want to paint the skirting boards (i.e. the trim) or you are applying a lick of paint on the windows and doors as well.
Start with the skirting boards first. Let the paint dry, then tape them off. Continue with the window and the door frames.
In terms of refreshing your doors, professionals find it much simpler to unscrew them first to complete the paint job before reinstalling them properly once the doors are dry.
Do what is realistically feasible for your chosen room, because every space comes with its own challenges.
Apply a semi-gloss paint finish for your skirting boards, the window frames and the doors by using an angled paint brush. Take your time to get the best results
If the top edges of your skirting boards are not wide enough to hold a painter’s tape, paint the walls first. Let the paint dry, then paint off the walls and proceed to paint the trim.
Step 7 – Apply Painter’s Tape to the Edges
Use a painter’s tape (instead of a masking tape) to cover the edges of your room before painting the walls.
Taping the perimeter of your room ceiling will avoid roller and brush marks, ensuring you get a nice clean line between your room walls and ceiling.
Step 8 – Cut In Wall Edges
Use a small paint brush to paint your room corners and edges. Start with one wall at a time. Then continue straight away to roll out the wall while the cut-in paint is still wet. This will ensure the cut-in paint blends more seamlessly with the wall paint.
To do this, pour about three cups of paint into a small container you can hold in your hand. Paint along the edges of the skirting boards and around the perimeter of your room ceiling.
To prevent your paint brush from drying out in-between coats of paint, consider wrapping it in a plastic wrap or keeping it in a freezer bag to keep it moist.
Step 9 – Use Roller to Paint
Once you are done with the room ceiling, trims, doors, and windows, roll paint your room walls. Make sure to fully mix the paint for at least five minutes before you start any paint job. Use a paint stick to make this task easier.
Get your roller tray out and pour less than half of the quantity the tray can contain to ease the roll painting process. Keep it light to use your paint well and avoid spillovers.
Dip your roller in the paint tray and roll paint on your wall starting from the baseboard to the ceiling. Roll back down without adding more paint to the roller to ensure the wall is well covered.
Use the same approach to start a new row overlapping the previous one to gradually paint your full wall.
Paint the full height of the wall. The edges of the roller tend to leave paint lines. Roll back over the lines to softly blend them with the rest of the wall painted areas.
Step 10 – Remove Tape and Clean Up
Before removing the tape from your room baseboards and trim, check the edge of the painter’s tape where it is applied on the wall by using a flexible putty knife.
Once the painter’s tape is removed, clean all your brushes and rollers with hot soapy water.
Wear a hat, goggles, and paint clothes before starting to paint your room.
Gather all the tools for your DIY paint project before starting to paint your room.
Stir your paint for a minimum of five minutes before starting your paint job.
Make sure to have good light when painting – use natural daylight as much as possible.
Pour all the gallons of the same paint colour and brand into a five-gallon bucket to ensure paint colour consistency as you get on with your project.
Keep your rollers and paint brush in a freezer bag or sealable plastic bag to keep it fresh.
Create a folder on your phone of all the different paint labels you are using to complete your paint job.