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How to Paint a Room

No house is ever truly done. There are always little things that need to change, and one of the biggest changes you can get for the smallest investment is a fresh paint job. With that in mind, here is some simple advice on how to paint a room.

 Preparation

 This obviously starts with picking and acquiring your paint. You’ll also need some basics tools. A brush set, roller set, roller extension, painter’s or masking tape and a utility knife form the basic checklist. Gloves, screens, smocks and extra paint pans are also worth considering. When you have the tools and paint assembled, you’ll want to prep the room.

 Tape is your best friend. You can cover trim, edges and anything that you want to keep free of paint. Removing outlet and light switch covers is also a good idea. Make sure you tape the switches and outlets afterwards. When you cover the floor, it’s a good idea to tape the tarp or screen to the base of the walls to ensure paint won’t slip pat your protective barrier.

 When things are properly protected, you’ll want to prepare the paint. Some samples are paint and primer all in ones, and others require a primer coat first. Just follow the directions on the paint and you’ll be fine here.

 Applying Paint

 Now we can get into the techniques of how to paint a room. The bulk of this work will be done with the rollers. When using rollers, it’s best to stick to smaller sections at a time. Pick a spot about three feet wide. Start near the top and work your way down. This makes gravity your friend and helps spread an even coat on the walls. Then work your way across the wall repeating that process and blending each new section before moving on to the next. If the paint looks uneven, give the section a few more passes with the roller before grabbing more paint.

 When the bulk of the painting is done, you’ll switch to bruises to get the edges and anywhere that requires extra precision. The technique here is still similar. Move steadily across the surfaces in manageable sections and work to blend the paint before moving to a new area.

 Finishing

 Alright. You have your coat of paint down. You want to let it become mostly dry before you decide if an additional coat is necessary. This is entirely up to your eye and how you feel about the look. If another coat is required, be sure to allow the previous coat to completely dry before starting the next. If the job is done, the tape can be pulled once the paint is mostly dry. This will prevent smearing and streaking. Pull the tape at a 45-degree angle. If it threatens to pull a chunk of paint with it, use your knife to free the tape peacefully.

 That’s the whole job. Now you know how to paint a room. Always be sure to clean your tools, seal your leftover paint and dispose of your waste properly. Congratulations on your freshly painted room!

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Laura Flores

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