Changing the paint color in the room is a terrific way to transform it. You can transform your living room from drab to dramatic, or your bedroom from intense to calming, just by switching up the interior paint shade on the walls. We’ve simplified the process into six steps that make the job quick, manageable and easy to clean up.
Step 1: Prep the Room
Remove smaller items from the room that might get in way while painting, and cover furniture and floors with dropcloths. Dust, dirt and grease spots can ruin a smooth paint finish, so dust the walls and corners with a Swiffer 360 Duster, and then clean walls thoroughly with a nonabrasive all-purpose cleaner and a soft sponge. Use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to easily remove stuck-on grime. Then run a damp Bounty DuraTowel over the walls to remove the soap residue. Let them dry completely.
Step 2: Tape Around the Trim, Windows and Door Frames
Using painter’s tape (or masking tape), mask the ceiling where it meets the edge of the wall, around windows and doorframes, below crown molding and above baseboards. Be sure to remove the tape immediately after painting and before the wall dries so you don’t peel off any paint with it.
Different painter’s tapes have different adhesion levels and widths. Consider the surface you’re protecting (dry wall, cabinets, baseboards, wallpaper, etc.), and choose a tape that will adhere effectively. (Look at the manufacturer’s recommended uses if you’re unsure.)
Step 3: Prime
Every professional painter knows that a coat of primer will maximize the sheen and coverage of paint, giving a more uniform appearance. Primers are specially designed to help seal the wall and prevent mold, too.
Step 4: Paint the Trim and Corners
After the primer is completely dry, gently sand away bumps, ridges and other imperfections using very fine sandpaper. Then use a 2-inch angled brush to paint around trim and in the corners of walls, where your roller can’t reach. Painting can get messy, so keep a roll of Bounty paper towels close by in case of drips or spills!
Step 5: Roll in Ws
Using a paint roller, start in the corner of a wall and roll in a 3-foot-by-3-foot W pattern. Without lifting the roller off the wall, fill in the unpainted spaces within the W. Once you’ve covered a section, roll over the area you’ve just painted in a smooth, continuous stroke without lifting the roller to create a nice even finish.
Step 6: Clean Up
Wait until all walls are completely dry before removing the drop cloths and moving everything back in the room. Take this opportunity to dust shelves and picture frames and freshen up the room with Febreze AIR. If you used a water-based (latex) paint, wash paintbrushes in soapy water and rinse, and then let air dry on a paper towel. For oil-based paints, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to select the right cleaning solvent. Pour the solvent in a container and dip the brush several times. Then hold the brush over a garbage can, spin it to remove excess thinner, and repeat the process with a clean container and clean solvent.
Finally, stand back and admire your DIY home update!