There are various stages involved in painting a room. This video takes you through each one in detail. To begin, it explains how to paint different types of ceilings and how to use a roller. Next, you’ll find out about painting walls whilst protecting fixtures, fittings and windows. Following advice on timings and the order of events will keep your painting project running smoothly. Listening to the tips on how to avoid common mistakes and honing your painting technique will guarantee your newly painted room looks flawless.

Preparation & planning

All the surfaces you intend to decorate should have been properly prepped. If you’re unsure, watch ‘How to prepare your walls and ceilings for decorating’ and ‘How to prepare interior woodwork for painting.’

It’s also a good idea to empty the room of furniture. If that’s not possible, move it to the centre of the room and cover with protective sheets. The floor should also be covered with similar sheeting.

Before you buy your paint, measure your walls and ceiling in advance so you get the right amount. Having a little bit more paint than you need is a good idea.


It’ll take a few days for the paint to dry properly - even if it’s dry to the touch. Try not to use the room or return the furniture until such time and always make sure you check manufacturer's advise on drying times.

Hints & tips

Buy each type of paint in one go so there’s a higher chance that it’s from the same batch, most paint pots should state batch number on the tin. Colour can vary slightly between batches.

Paint entire walls at once to maintain consistent colour and coverage. Start by painting your ceiling first to avoid dripping onto painted surfaces. Cut in around the edge of your ceiling with a small brush, and then roller the rest of the area. Once your ceiling is finished, use the same method of cutting in for your walls. After painting the undercoat onto your walls, move on to the undercoat of your woodwork. Then, paint the top coat onto your walls and finally finish the top coat of the woodwork.

Between coats, wrap brushes in cling film and rollers in plastic bags secured with rubber bands so you don’t have to clean them.


Don’t reach too far when using a stepladder, and transfer paint into a paint kettle so you don’t have to carry a heavy tin up the steps.

Wear safety goggles or glasses to protect your eyes form paint splashes.

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