Painting any room can be a super fun project, but it is also a huge responsibility that you are going to want to be prepared for.
A few years ago, I wanted to paint my room a different color. On my walls, there stood (or stuck, I should say) the ugliest wallpaper known to man. It really needed to go. After choosing the perfect color, my boyfriend and I moved everything out of my bedroom, threw on some old clothes and started the painting process.
However, after we were finished, there were a few problem areas we wished we would have seen before we started. While the color looked great, there were spots that could have used another coat of paint, things that needed to be sanded over again and then there were those drops of paint that are now permanently attached to my carpet. Oops.
Don’t ever let this happen to you. Here are some great tips and things to remember before you take on the challenge of painting a room.
Seven Tips for Painting the Perfect Room
1. Pick a color you’re in love with and stick with it.
Doing this seems easier said than done – make sure whichever color you choose reflects exactly what you’ve been dreaming of! Test out the color with different levels of light — your overhead light, a lamp, in the dark, with the daylight, etc. This will help you decide if you like it enough to paint an entire room that color!
2. Prep the walls…
If you need to take off wallpaper, purchase the proper tools to do it. Be prepared to sand down rough spots with sandpaper if necessary. It’s always a good idea to prime your walls with paint primer, especially if you are painting over a darker color. Luckily, many indoor paints come with primer in them so there is a good chance you will be able to skip the priming step if you purchase a paint and primer combo.
3. … and the ceiling!
Seriously — nothing looks worse than having freshly painted walls but a faded, cracking ceiling. Use a sturdy chair, brush extender or a really tall friend to help you out.
4. Use painter’s tape to line each edge of the room.
This is painting 101. You WILL get droplets of paint on your floor or edges of your walls if you don’t do this. Painter’s tape (yes, the bright blue tape you’ve seen in hardware stores) can be found anywhere that sells paint. Look and you shall find!
5. Move everything possible out of the room.
If you keep everything in your room, you’re going to have a tough time painting! Move as many things as possible out of your room until after you’re finished painting. Doing this saves you the trouble of buying new things if you splash paint everywhere by mistake. Pick up a few inexpensive drop-cloths or plastic sheets to cover and protect your furniture. It’s also not a bad idea to consider covering your floors with one as well, just in case painter’s tape doesn’t do the trick.
6. Wear clothes you’re not worried about paint splashing onto.
Self-explanatory, my dear twenty-somethings. Now is the time for you to break out that ugly, old-lady looking t-shirt that your Grandma bought for you for your birthday last year. You know you won’t miss it much.
7. Paint even layers on each wall and crevice.
Wait for each area to dry before painting on another layer of paint. However, you might not need to do more than one coat of paint. After the paint dries, you will better able to decide if your walls need another coat. Pro-tip: If you see any white (primer or previous paint color) peeking through, you’re going to need to go over the walls again. Use rollers instead of brushes to make sure you get an even layer of paint on your walls (and to avoid clumps and streaks, ick).
I’m still in love with the color of my bedroom walls, but I do wish that my impulse to paint faded into the background until I was absolutely ready to paint by myself. Use our tips for painting and you won’t make the same mistakes!