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How To Paint A Room For Beginners

February 22, 2018

 

 

If you're an enthusiastic do-it-yourselfer, you might want to try painting a room yourself rather than relying on experts. Yes, at Giron Brothers Painting, we understand that some weekend pioneers like to tackle home projects themselves. And, if (when?) things go wrong, you can always call us for assistance! 

Painting isn't the toughest of do-it-yourself projects, and you don't necessarily have to be an expert. Painting a room without a lot of trim, moldings, or built-ins can be tackled by an ambitious do-it-yourselfer. (For more difficult rooms or surfaces, we recommend you leave painting to the professionals!)

Keep in mind that the more painting experience you have, the easier you'll find the work, and the better the results.

Before you get started, we can point out that you will need a large dose of patience before, during, and after you paint. 

TOOLS YOU'LL NEED:

  • putty knife

  • rags

  • paper towels

  • sandpaper

  • drop cloth

  • scraper

  • paint tray

  • paint rollers

  • paint roller extension handle

  • paintbrushes

  • paint mixing sticks

  • sponges

MATERIALS YOU'LL NEED:

  • painters tape

  • drywall compound

  • fiberglass drywall tape

  • paint



HOW TO PREP A ROOM FOR PAINTING

 


We recommend you begin the day before by getting organized and everything ready to start the actual work. This means you start by clearing the furniture or, at a minimum, moving it into the center of the room and covering well with drop cloths. You want to have clear and easy access to all the surfaces you will be painting.

Cover floors and surfaces you're not painting with drop cloths. 

Gather all of your tools and in one section of the room where you won't be tripping over them. 

Evaluate the surfaces you will be painting and scrape any flaking paint - as long as it's not lead paint. Lead paint must be removed using special consideration for health reasons, and you can read more about that here: Houselogic.com

If you plan on painting trim work or other painted wood surfaces, you will need to sand the surfaces using 400+ sandpaper lightly. 

Glossy surfaces need light sanding followed by a primer-sealer to cover high-gloss enamel paints before repainting.

Before you start painting; 

fix any dents or cracks in the walls by patching them with spackling or drywall compound. 

For larger imperfections, you will probably need to cut away some of the drywall to patch the surface. Keep in mind that if you're cutting out drywall, to repair it, you might need to cut until you reach a stud. Otherwise, you have nothing to which you can attach the new drywall piece. 

Carefully patch following manufacturer's instructions, and allow the patches to dry. Once dry, you should sand until smooth and use a lightly damp sponge to remove any dust off before you begin painting.

Using painter's tape, mask around baseboards, any ceiling moldings or edges, and door frames. Be sure to apply the tape carefully and run your finger or scrape tool along the edge of the tape to ensure no paint seeps underneath. Quality painter