How to Paint a Room

How to paint a room

Learn how to paint a room in your house.  If I can do it,  you can do it. Give it a try as I hadn’t painted a room before and now have painted about 8!

Find out which paint to use for the walls, coving, dado rail, skirting and doors.

In this post I will share with you my tips and tricks on how to paint a room in your home.  If you have never painted a room before following these instructions may be of help to you.

How to Paint a Room

Firstly, preparation is key to painting a room successfully.  Take time on the prep and you will achieve great results.

You do not need to spend a fortune on decorating tools and paint but I would advise on the following as a minimum:

  • Disposal gloves to keep your hands paint free if you have sensitive skin
  • A new pack of emulsions brushes for cutting in
  • New pack of roller sleeves or a new roller kit
  • Gloss roller tray for the woodwork such as dado rail and doors
  • Emulsion roller tray usually 9″ wide
  • Tin foil to line your roller tray to prevent having to wash it out each time you paint
  • Low tack masking tape – do not use normal masking tape as it will full the paint off when removed
  • Old towels or sheets to cover the carpet or flooring
  • Emulsion paint for the walls and coving
  • Satinwood or gloss paint for the woodwork such as dado rails, skirting and doors
  • A step ladder for the coving or ceiling

Step 1: Ceiling

The ceiling gets done first to avoid drips on the walls.  (If the walls are to be painted after the ceiling there is no problem with a few splashes on the walls).

If the coving is going to be a different colour to the ceiling make sure you tape up the coving edge with low tack masking tape first.

Paint the ceiling with emulsion paint using an emulsion roller, cut in the edges with a small paint brush.

There are a number of debates whether to cut in first with a brush or cut in after the rollering.  Personally I cut in first then roller as close to the wall edge as possible.  Sometimes you may need to brush over the cutting in also.  The paint will dry flat either way. (Cutting in means painting close up to the wall edges with a brush as the roller cannot go right up to the edge).

Step 2: Coving

I paint the coving using emulsion.  Depending on the colour will depend on if you need to masking tape it up or not.  The most recent rooms I have painted, the ceilings have been white and the coving has also been white so I painted the coving at the same time as the ceiling.

Step 3: Dado Rail & Skirting

If your room has a wooden dado rail fitted half way up the wall seperating two colours of paint or wallpaper, I would paint the dado rail first before the walls.

Use gloss or satinwood paint on the dado rail.  You will need to use a nice thin paint brush about 3/4″ or 1 inch.

If the room has a skirting board then also paint this before the walls.  Depending on your floor covering make sure to tape over wooden flooring or cover the carpet with something to avoid paint getting on those surfaces.

Step 4: Walls

The main bulk of the internal walls are painted with emulsion paint (matt, silk or shoft sheen finish) using an emulsion roller and emulsion paint brush for cutting in.

Before you pour the emulsion paint into a plastic roller tray cover the inside of the paint tray with tin foil. Tape down the edges of the foil onto the tray so that the paint wont touch it.  This saves cleaning out the tray each time you paint.  You can just dispose of the foil then.

So to begin with, make sure any dado rail and coving edges are covered with low tack paint before you apply the emulsion.

Using a small brush paint along the edges of the wall. Then, start rollering the paint onto the walls.  You can paint over the area where the cutting in paint meets the roller paint so it is nice and smooth.  Continue to do this until all walls are covered.

Leave about 4 hours between coats.  I normally do two coats of emulsion on pre-painted walls.  If the walls have recently been plastered you will need to apply two watered down coats of emulsion then possibly three coats of emulsion over that.  The plaster dries the paint quickly.

Step 5:  Doors

First off, either unscrew the door handles or take them off, or, apply low tack masking tape around the handles to avoid paint getting on them.

With all woodwork, sand down the previous painted doors lightly and then wipe them down with a damp cloth.  Apply undercoat with a gloss roller.

Leave to dry overnight or about 16 hours then apply either satinwood or gloss using the roller.  Using a gloss roller will ensure a smooth finish.  Instructions on how to use the paint is on the back of the paint tin.

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Final Word

So there you have it, a simply guide on how to paint a room!  If you have any questions or your painting own tips, please feel free to comment below.

Thanks a lot for reading.

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