Painting a room sounds pretty generic. Remove the furniture, buy some paint, and slap it on the walls, right? Well, there are a few tips and tricks we are willing to share to make your walls look like they were done professionally.
The first step when painting a room is to remove all of the furniture from the room, and take everything off the walls - this includes outlet covers. Next, line the outlets, light switch boxes, windows, and trim (if you aren’t able to remove it) with painters tape to avoid unintentionally painting over them. After that you want to lay down drop clothes to prevent accidental paint drops from ruining your flooring.
You might be thinking, we haven’t even started so why are we already cleaning up? Well, an important factor when trying to get a professional looking job on your walls is to tidy them up before you start to paint them. This step involves looking over your walls, sanding out minor blemishes, and spackling over the larger dents. This process is done by taking spackle on your putty knife and running it over the imperfection, filling the hole. You may need more than one layer. After the hole is completely filled, you should lightly sand the excess spackle off. Once your walls are free of indents, fill your empty bucket will cool water and TSP solution. This solution is a very inexpensive yet effective way to remove excess oil and dirt, which may be causing stains. Sponge this solution onto your wall entirely and let it air dry.
Now that the walls are nice and shiny, it is time to prime. For most interior walls, you want to use an oil-free primer. If your walls do not have many stains, we would recommend getting paint that has primer included in its contents to save you from painting an unnecessary layer. Tinted primers are best used if you are wanting to paint a light color on a dark wall, or a repainting an existing color onto the wall because they show spots you missed on your final layer.
With your angled brush dipped in paint, follow the edges surrounding areas that you do not want painted. Make sure to carry a wet cloth with you just in case droplets splatter.
Once your edges are nicely coated, dip your roller brush into your 5 gallon bucket filled with paint and an appropriately sized rolling screen. Roll the brush up the screen to get the excess paint off the brush, and repeat until you hear a sort of sticky sound. Following this you want to roll the brush in a 3-foot “W” formation over and over again, overlapping the lines while the wall is still wet.
Patch it Up:
Finally, with the help of strong lighting, inspect your wall for any uneven marks or missed patches. Using the roller, make sure the edges blend in well with the rest of the wall. Making sure your paint layer is even is arguably the most difficult part of this process. If it is too much for you, we would be happy to help!
Last week we worked on a commercial drywall repair and interior painting project in Redmond. We also worked on a residential drywall patching, taping, and texturing project in Lynnwood. During one project we installed a microwave and vent assembly.
President of Mink Enterprises
Drywall, Painting Specialist