House painting projects are a favorite of DIY’ers simply because they are easy to do and make updating the home a feel like a million bucks when it does not cost much. To improve the aesthetics of the home, a new coat of paint is sometimes all you need to achieve the effect. So for those who would like to try, here 6 basic steps you should do to paint your walls.
Step 1: Cleaning.
Contrary to what others think, the first step you have to make is to clean the surface to be painted. Your first tools are a bucket, a sponge or washcloth, water and some mild detergent. Thoroughly clean the entire surface to remove all traces of dirt, grease and dust so that paint will adhere to it.
Step 2: Preparation.
Before you pick up your paint brushes or rollers, first prepare the area to be painted. Preparation is the most important part in every painting project as it makes your work easier and faster as well protect areas that will not be painted.
Besides cleaning, preparation involves sanding, patching, scraping, caulking, wallpaper removal, drywall or wood repair, and taping. Additionally, you also need to remove all furniture and furnishings from the room or gather them in the center of the room and cover with drop cloths. Remove all electrical covers from the wall, such as outlet and switches, and any lighting that will interfere with your work.
Step 3: Priming.
Priming is an important step in painting walls. While many skip this step, it is recommended that you prime your walls before applying paint, especially when the old wall color is darker than the new one. Priming also helps you save on painting costs because a coat of paint is usually all you need instead of two after priming. Moreover, applying paint primer ensures that paint adhere well to the wall for many years.
Step 4: Cutting in.
Using a 2-inch brush, cut in around the taped trim, moldings, windows, and doors. Paint from the trim and extend about 2-3 inches where the rollers can’t reach.
Step 5: Painting the walls.
Now, here’s the primary step and the easiest of all. Paint the entire wall surface using a roller that is 7-9 inches wide. Use an extension handle when painting the entire section of the wall to avoid using the ladders for faster progress.
In painting huge surfaces, the best way is to use the W-technique by making a large W pattern and filling it without lifting the roller. This way, you cover more area faster.
Step 6: Print the trim.
After the paint on the walls has dried, it’s time to paint the trim. Tape the edges of the trim to protect the wall and paint the trim. Let it dry and then remove the tape carefully with a cutting knife to maintain a clean line.