Room Painting Tips
I have been planning on painting my kitchen and doing some décor updates for months now. I feel like I have been talking about it and sharing ideas forever.
Over the long weekend I finally got around to getting things started. I painted over the bright lime green walls with a fresh coat of white paint.
I painted it lime green when we moved in 7 years ago. I have always really liked the bright green walls, but my husband hated it. After all these years, I am ready for a change. I am going for an “industrial farmhouse” décor style. The first step was to start with a blank canvas. I figured a fresh coat of white paint was in order.
Here is my method for prepping and painting a room.
- Paint brushes and roller
- Paint tray
- Drywall plaster
- Spackle knife
- Painters tape
- Screwdriver and other tools for removing outlet and light switch plates
The first thing to do when painting a room is pick the color. This is the hardest part. There are thousands of paint chips available at the paint store. The color I chose for my kitchen is Valspar “Du Jour”
Once the color is picked you need to choose the formula and finish ie. eggshell, satin, high gloss or flat.
I chose eggshell because I am painting a kitchen and wanted something that would stand up to the moisture in the kitchen and that I could also wipe down on a regular basis. The people working at the paint counter are usually pretty knowledgeable about what type of paint you will need for your project. If you show them the color you want and tell them the room you are painting they will be able to help you pick out the right paint.
I usually go for the paint-plus-primer formula. It’s easier not to have to prime the walls first, the job will be done quicker.
To determine how much paint you will need try this paint calculator.
Remove anything attached to the walls like pictures and light switch or outlet covers and move furniture away from the walls. Lay down drop cloths on the floor and over any furniture you don’t want to get paint on.
Before you begin to paint, you need to prep your walls. I like to do this the night before I start painting. Prep work is not very fun and it’s nice to get it out of the way so you can start painting the next morning and not feel rushed
Wipe down your walls with a rag and some warm water. Cleaning off dirt and dust will help the paint stick better. For areas like the kitchen walls that grease can get stuck to I use a product called Krud Kutter. It works amazingly well for degreasing.
If there are any holes in the walls you need to patch them up with Plaster of Paris or a similar drywall plaster product and once the plaster is completely dry, give it a light sanding.
Use tape like Frog Tape to mask off any areas that you do not want to get paint on or that you would like a nice clean line.
Now you are ready to paint.
Prepping for painting is the worst part and if you get that done the night before you can begin painting the next morning without feeling rushed.
I like to use a roller in large areas and then use a little brush to get into the nooks and crannies.
Try to buy the best quality tools you can afford. It’s frustrating when you are painting and you get fuzz stuck in your paint from a poor quality roller or hairs from your brush stick to wet paint on the wall.
In general, when you paint you want to make sure you use smooth, even strokes up and down and if painting wood, make sure you go in the direction of the grain.
You will likely need two coats of paint even if you use the paint-plus-primer formulas. Make sure you wait several hours between coats. Follow the directions on the can of paint to be sure.
To keep your paint brushes from drying out between coats place them in a plastic bag and then stick them in the fridge to keep them wet.
After your second coat of paint you can begin to clean up. Keep a couple brushes out in case you need to do touch ups after the paint has dried.
Once the walls are completely dry you can put your room back together. Clean your brushes and rollers in warm soapy water and lay them flat to dry. Hang your pictures and put your furniture back.
You will want to wait 2 weeks before washing or scrubbing your walls to make sure the paint has set properly.
Now sit back and enjoy your new room and the transformation that a simple change of color can make!
I will be sharing my progress as I go along with my kitchen makeover. My next project will be painting the cabinets with a funky “crackle” finish. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the tutorial.
What are your best painting tips? Share with us in the comments