10 Tips for How To Paint a Room

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I am pretty sure we all know How To Paint a Room – right? Even though I would consider myself a professional in the painting department I have to confess I used to loathe painting the walls in my home.  So much I have hired a painter in the past to paint my living room and bedroom.  And hiring a pro to paint your walls ain’t cheap folks.  I was willing to pay $500.00 to have someone do the work for me – that is how much I hated painting walls!  That is until I figured out 10 must have tips for painting any room – to make it painless and the process lasts only 24 hours.  Now I actually enjoy the process and look forward to tackling the task.

How To Paint a Room

When we painted the baby’s room back in May I fine-tuned my room painting system and it’s all ready for you to implement.  You can see the final reveal of the room here.  This room was even featured on Apartment Therapy!  No biggie.  #saidnooneever

How To Paint a Room

HERE ARE MY TOP TIPS TO MAKE PAINTING WALLS EASY

1.  The foundation to successfully painting any room is buying quality paint Olympic ONE Paint & Primer is my favorite – but you can buy whatever brand you feel is the best.  Just don’t buy the cheap stuff.  You get what you pay for in this department.

2.  Clean your baseboards with a Clorox Wipe to remove any dust and if your walls and corners of the ceilings are dusty you can use a Swiffer to clean the walls.

How To Paint a Room

3.  Remove all of your outlet covers and place in a Ziploc bag to keep them secure.

How To Paint a Room

4.  I skip taping off and use this brush from Sherwin Williams.  It makes cutting in look uber crisp and the process super easy.  Here is a great video for seeing cutting in techniques in action.

How To Paint a Room

5.  I pour some of my paint into an old coffee mug and carry it around the room with me as I cut in.  It makes for easy handling and minimizes messes.

6.  I also get old sheets from the thrift store and use them as drop clothes.  They are about $2.00 and so much cheaper than real drop clothes that can run you about $15 each.

How To Paint a Room

7.  Cover your paint tray in a Wal-Mart bag so you can reuse the tray again and clean up easily.

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8.  Keep everything inside a cardboard box to minimize messes.  Pouring paint from the can into the paint tray can be tricky and having everything inside a box keeps the whole process contained.

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9.  Paint in an “X” pattern to get maximum coverage.

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10.  After your first coat allow your paint to dry overnight.  Instead of cleaning your paint roller, stick it in a Pringles can, and store it in the refrigerator overnight.  The next morning, when you pull out the roller to reuse again, it will still be moist and ready to go.

How To Paint a Room

And that’s it!  How to paint any room in 24 hours – Easy set up and easy clean up!

 

If you love DIY tips & hacks then check out my eBook: The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Furniture Painting.

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5 thoughts on “10 Tips for How To Paint a Room”

  1. I thought I knew everything about painting, but I just learned a couple of new tricks, thanks to you! The one about the thrift store sheets is brilliant! And, they can just be thrown away when the job is done…now, why didn’t I think of that? Thanks for sharing.
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  2. Hey Alli, these are really neat painting ideas! Really learned practical tips to save me from tedious cleaning and accidental paints. Didn’t know I could use pringles can to keep my roller moist for the next day. Covering paint tray with plastic is really smart. Thanks a lot!

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