How to paint a room
Painting a room
Painting a room is probably the most common DIY project, and is a job that can easily be accomplished by most homeowners. Painting walls and ceilings is also a relatively cheap way to refresh a room and achieve a high impact look.
Although painting a room is a fairly straightforward task it’s still essential to plan properly. When you’re choosing your new paint, work out how the colour will complement existing woodwork. If you’re using tester pots to pick the right shade, then apply a small square of paint in a darker area of the room and apply two coats. This will give you a realistic preview of what the finished shade will look like.
What is the right order to paint a room?
To achieve the best results, the best order to paint a room is as follows:
- Calculate the amount of paint you need and prepare the surfaces.
- Paint the ceiling.
- Paint the walls.
- Paint the woodwork
Do I need to prime the walls before painting?
If you want the best results then generally the answer is yes. Primers are used to help surfaces absorb the paint properly, which provides the optimum finish. But the type of primer you need can vary.
A specialist primer should be used on a bare surface such as wood or metal, or on a new surface which has never been painted, such as a newly plastered wall. These primers are usually white or off-white in colour. Make sure the plaster is completely dry before applying your primer. You can tell if plaster is dry when no dark patches remain.
For surfaces which are already painted, washed, and in good condition, apply a matt undercoat before your topcoat. Again, a white or off-white colour is best.
Depending on the nature of the job and the surface you are painting, be sure to carefully check the manufacturer’s instructions on application when you’re choosing your undercoat.
How much paint will I need?
Calculate the amount of paint you need by measuring your walls and ceilings to get the total surface area. Don’t worry about subtracting doors and windows as it’s always good to account for a little extra paint.
Allowing for two coats, check the manufacturer’s instructions to see how much paint you’ll need. Buy each type of paint you need in one go. This ensures it’s from the same batch, and the exact shade will match properly.
How do I prepare the walls for painting?
The most important stage of any painting job is to thoroughly prepare the walls, ceilings and woodwork. Make sure they are completely clean and free from dust, grease, and flaky plaster or paper. This stage is crucial because paint won’t take properly on dirty walls, in which case you would end up re-painting again soon afterwards anyway.
How do I paint the ceiling?
How do I paint the walls?
Painting your walls follows a similar method to painting a ceiling. Try to paint an entire wall in one go, as this will result in a consistent, professional appearance and reduce the chance of tide marks.
Rather than clean rollers and brushes in between coats, you can wrap brushes in clingfilm and wrap rollers in plastic bags secured with a rubber band. This prevents them from drying out. Only do this for two days at the most though. Then at the end of the job make sure to clean your brushes properly.
How do I paint the woodwork?
Once you’ve painted the walls and ceiling, paint the woodwork in the following order –
- the door
Be sure to apply masking tape to areas you want to protect. Then open any windows you intend to paint so they don’t get sealed shut whilst you’re painting.