Painting a room might seem simple, but it takes more than just popping a lid and throwing a brush on a wall.
Follow these expert tips from Sherwin-Williams and others so your room will look great at the end of the paint job.
- Drop cloths
- Masking tape or painter’s tape
- Caulk to fill in any holes or cracks between molding or in corners
- Stirrer (free when you buy paint)
- Rollers to apply the paint evenly to large walls
- Paint tray to hold the paint for your roller
- Tray cover (or plastic wrap) to keep paint fresh when not in use
- Angled paint brush to paint details or trim with control
Ready the Room
- Remove draperies, pictures, mirrors, area rugs and hardware (if possible).
- Move all furniture to the center of the room. Cover all furniture with drop cloths—or move the furniture to another area altogether.
- Tape off the woodwork, and tape down any plastic drop cloths.
- Wrap plastic around light fixtures, and use masking tape to cover any hardware you can’t remove.
- Open a window or door to ensure good ventilation.
- Clean all surfaces as needed.
- Fill gaps between walls, ceilings, crown moldings and other interior trim with the appropriate caulk after priming the surface.
- Apply primer, if needed. Let it dry, and then lightly sand any bumps until smooth.
Oil-Based Coatings and Paints
- Keep them away from any heat, spark or open flames.
- Do not smoke.
- Place a fire extinguisher within easy reach.
- Turn off stoves, electrical tools, appliances and other sources of electrical ignition.
- Keep area well-ventilated until all vapors are gone—doors or windows open.
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