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How to Paint a Room – Basic Painting Tips

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Ready for a change?
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A quality paint job is one of the least expensive ways to transform your home and make any room
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look good.
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The first step, and the key step, is prep.
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You need to do this.
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Watch our How to Prep for Paint video.
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Don’t run out of paint in the middle of your project.
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The general rule when buying paint is one gallon will cover about 400 square feet.
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Use the old length times height equation to get the square footage of each wall.
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For the trim, use length—in feet—and .5 for the width.
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If you’re not sure about how much paint you’ll need, head to Lowes.com/Calculators for help.
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So here’s the general plan: work from the top down.
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Do the ceiling, then the walls, and finish with the trim.
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If you’re using more than one gallon, mix them in a 5-gallon bucket to ensure color
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consistency.
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This is called boxing.
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A smaller cut bucket works great for the edges.
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Painting the ceiling is a similar process to how you’ll paint the walls—brush the
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edges then use a roller.
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Remember–to avoid spatter don’t roll too fast.
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Once it’s dry you can mask off the edges with painter’s tape and start on the walls.
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To paint the edges, or cutting in, dip the brush about a third of the way into the paint
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and TAP it against the sides—no scraping.
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Holding the brush like a pencil, paint with smooth strokes, feathering out the edges to
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prevent runs.
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Getting a little bit on the trim won’t matter since you’re painting that later, but try
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not to be super messy.
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Now for the roller.
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If you’re using a bucket, you’ll need a roller grid.
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For pans, use a liner for easy cleanup.
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To help the paint load, first dampen the roller cover with a wet rag.
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Dip just a little ways into the paint and roll a few times to even it out.
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Resist the urge to submerge the roller.
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It’ll make a mess.
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(still shot)
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Starting near the edge, roll the paint on in a zig-zag pattern.
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It helps to roll in several directions to get good coverage, especially on textured
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walls.
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Go slow to avoid paint splatter.
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And don’t press and squeeze the roller to get more paint out of it—just reload.
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Work in 4-foot sections, top then bottom.
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Once you get going you can go back along the edges.
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A few tips: turn the roller sideways to get really close to the ceiling and baseboards.
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And to remove buildup and runs, lightly roll down over the painted areas.
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This is called laying off.
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Paint one wall at a time for each coat, two coats for the room.
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If you need to take a break, cover your bucket, and wrap up your brush and roller.
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Put them in the fridge if you’ll use them the next day.
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After the walls are completely dry, grab some painter’s tape for the trimwork.
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Run it against the wall-trim edge and press it down with a plastic putty knife.
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Now you’ll have straight lines on your trim.
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Once you’ve painted the trim, you’ll want to remove the tape.
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A knife can help cut along spots where it’s stuck.
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Remove it shortly after it’s dry.
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This will prevent peeling.
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Some tapes have specific removal time recommendations, so make sure you check before you pull it
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off.
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Finally, cleanup.
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For latex paints, run the brush under water and use a cleaning brush to clean the paint
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from the bristles.
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Work some hand cleaner into it, rinse again and reshape the brush.
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Use a 5-in-1 tool for roller covers and store upright.
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How about that for some awesome impact?
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Remember, take your time and enjoy great results.
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For more help with your paint project, check out Lowes.com/Paint.
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