You’ve decided to paint a room in your home. You’re excited and a little nervous! Don’t worry! With the right tools, paint and techniques, this renovation task is doable, even for a novice. Before you begin, it’s important to learn the basics. Following is advice to help you create a perfect paint job.
Select the right tools: Quality tools will make your paint job easier and help ensure success. You’ll need:
- High-quality roller sleeve and handle;
- a 3/8-inch sleeve for most finishes
- a 1/4-inch sleeve for glossy finishes
- a thicker, 1/2- or 3/4-inch sleeve for rougher, textured walls
- Paint tray
- Extension pole
- Painter’s tape
- Drop cloths
- Tack cloth
- Paint brushes
- High quality paint such as Benjamin Moore’s Aura®, Regal® Select or ben® Interior (specifically designed to help DIY-ers with quick-fix drips and smooth touch-ups)
Prepare the surface: Preparation is critical to a successful paint job.
- Wash the walls using a sponge and warm water.
- For tough stains, use TSP
- Scrape chipping paint.
- Fill holes.
- Lightly sand patched areas, starting with a 120 or 150 grit and finishing with 180 to 220.
- Wipe with a tack cloth to remove dust.
Tape and protect: Don’t forget to protect those areas you’re not painting.
- Use painter’s tape to protect baseboards, moldings, door casings, light fixtures, window sills and switch plates.
- Move furniture out of the room or cover with plastic/canvas tarps.
- Protect the floor with a drop cloth.
Cut in: This refers to painting along the ceiling line, corners, windows, door, molding, outlets and switches.
- Begin about an inch away from the area you’re cutting in.
- Hold the brush horizontal with respect to the floor and ceiling,
- Paint a roughly 12-inch stripe on the wall.
- Use a downward stroke when painting at a corner and a sideways stroke when working along the ceiling, baseboard or trim.
- Turn your brush 90 degrees so that it angles into the wall and go back to the beginning of your stroke.
- Using long, even strokes, cut in a thinner line of paint that gets right up to the trim or wall corner.
- For drips, wrap a damp cloth around a spackling knife and run it along your paint line to remove excess paint.
- Cover four foot sections of ceiling line and corner. Then use a roller to fill in the wall space.
- Work quickly so the cut in portion does not dry before the section is complete.
Roll on the Paint: You’re ready to make headway!
- Pour paint into your tray.
- Load your roller by rolling along the raised roll-off area of the pan.
- Touch the paint, but do not immerse the roller sleeve.
- Roll each section of the wall from top down.
- Use long strokes in a W pattern.
- Overlap each row about 8 cm.
- Use light pressure.
- Paint manageable-sized areas to maintain a wet edge.
Dry and recoat: Be patient! Proper drying is crucial to a good finish.
- Check your paint can for recommended drying times.
- Allow paint to dry.
- Brush on a second coat.
Clean-up and storage: You’re almost done!
- Remove painter’s tape, drop cloths, furniture covers.
- Clean brushes and rollers.
- Hammer the lids onto the leftover paint.
- Mark cans with colour, date used and surface painted.
- Store paint in a cool dry area.
That’s it! You’ve successfully painted your walls. Sit back and enjoy the beauty you’ve created.