Admit it. Every time you walk into that one particular room in your house, you think to yourself, “these walls could really use a new coat of paint.” Stop psyching yourself out. It’s time to gather supplies and get moving. Here’s how to paint a room like a pro and what tools you need to get started.
What you will need
• Brushes (both wide, and angled)
• Paint rollers
• Paint trays
• Painter’s tape
• Drop cloth
• Short ladder or step stool
How to get started
Next, you will need to settle on a color. Grab plenty of paper swatches from your home improvement store to help you decide. Also, most stores offer 8-ounce paint samples for about $3 to help you better visualize your walls. If you’re still unsure, consider asking a friend who has an eye for design or consult a professional.
Mask off the floor carefully with tape and drop cloths, rosin paper, or painter’s plastic. Pour that beautiful, new paint into a paint tray. Begin painting at the wall’s edges, corners, and around any trim using your painter’s tape to protect the trim. This is a great time to use an angled brush to achieve more precise strokes.
Next, bring on the rollers and paint the rest of the wall. Use even strokes applied in an up-and-down manner for a uniformed application. Depending on the type and color of paint you’re using, as well as the color of the paint you are covering, apply no less than two coats of paint.