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Painting Interior Rooms Instructions

  • Painting an Interior Room

    Make sure you spend some quality time prepping the surfaces to be painted. It is the secret to achieving professional results. You also need to select the colors you want to paint the room and the surface type you want (gloss, semi-gloss, eggshell or flat). When you go to the store to get your paint, don’t forget primer. You will need to prime any new construction or patched areas.

  • Overview

    Once you learn some basic skills using a paint roller and a paint brush, it will be easy for you to tackle most painting projects. This tutorial will help you apply these techniques towards painting a room and painting woodwork such as doors and windows.

  • Begin Using a Roller

    Here are some general painting tips when using a roller. Dip your roller in the paint tray and then roll it back and forth on the ridged part of the tray. This squeezes out excess paint and evenly spreads the paint all the way around the roller. When painting, start with diagonal or zigzag strokes to get the paint on the surface.

  • Smooth Paint Out

    Then, go back over the area with longer, up and down strokes to even out the surface. Paint each surface in blocks of roughly four feet by four feet. Paint adjacent blocks before each previous block dries. This will blend the edges together and help prevent lap lines. When using glossier paints, paint smaller areas at a time. Glossier paints have a greater tendency to show lap lines.

  • Mask or "Cut-in" with a Brush

    When painting moulding and woodworking with a brush, you can mask off adjacent areas that you do not want to paint (for instance window panes). Use masking tape along the edge you want to maintain. With a little practice you can learn to cut in your paint edge and avoid the hassle of masking things off. With a steady hand, guide the brush along the surface you are painting, allowing a few bristles to overlap the adjacent surface by about 1/16”. Strive for a smooth, even line. Paint with the grain of the wood. Use short strokes to coat the surface with paint, then go back over the area with longer, smoother strokes for an even, finished surface.

  • Start with the Ceiling

    Paint the ceiling first. Begin by painting the edge of the ceiling along the walls with a brush. Paint out about two to three inches onto the ceiling. This will provide an area to overlap with the roller. The easiest way to paint a ceiling is with a roller and an extension handle. Start in the corner of the room and work your way across the narrowest dimension of the room with a band about four feet wide. Continue back and forth across the room until you are finished.

  • Paint the Walls

    When the ceiling is dry, you can start painting the walls. Start by using a brush to paint corners, ceiling lines, and areas adjacent to woodwork. Paint one entire wall or area at a time. Use the roller and work your way across the room, from the ceiling down to the baseboards. When the walls are dry, you can start to paint the woodwork.

  • Paint Windows & Doors

    Use a good sash brush that allows you to cut in clean, crisp edges. When painting windows, paint the sashes first. Then, work your way down the window casing to the sill. Don’t paint moving parts, like sash cords and pulleys, or the sash channels. On raised panel doors, paint the panels first. Then work your way from the top to the bottom of the door. If you desire, flat panel doors can be painted with a roller for quick application.


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