3 Tips For Easy DIY Painting

Adding a fresh coat of paint to your walls and doors is one of the best and easiest ways to spruce up your house or apartment. Painting can make a big change in the look and feel of your home, and it can also be a lot of fun to experiment with new colors and trims. Once you’ve prepared your walls by scraping away any old layers of paint, removing wallpaper, sanding imperfections and applying primer — you’re ready to go!


Things you’ll need:

  • Stepladder
  • Screwdriver
  • Angled sash brush
  • Wide paintbrush or paint roller and tray
  • Extension pole for paint roller
  • Paint
  • Painter’s masking tape
  • Cleanup rags

1) Protect area. To protect furniture, flooring, and fixtures, you need to cover with drop cloths. Remove hardware and knobs, curtain rods, and cover plates. Cover trim with masking tape.

2) Start with edges. Paint a two- to three-inch strip of paint around the top and bottom trim using an angled brush.  You won’t be able to reach these area with a roller.

3) Paint. The most efficient way to paint large expanses of wall or ceiling is to use a roller. The finished project will also be smoother. Attach an extension pole to reach high areas. Fill paint tray with paint. Dip roller in the deep end and roll over the ribbed section of the tray to cover the roller evenly.

A good method to apply paint is to roll up and down on the wall, making thick, vertical stripes. Once you’ve done your vertical stripes, move the roller left and right on the diagonal across the stripes to spread evenly for an even finish.

Howard Stier contributed to this post. This article was originally published by Scott Garner on realtor.com.


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