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How to paint a room?

Your walls are looking a little tired – or perhaps you’ve just moved into a new place and the owner’s questionable taste has left you feeling a little flat and un-inspired. Either way, if you’ve never painted a room before, this can seem a little bit overwhelming.

Here’s what you’re going to need:

A  paint brush 

A paint roller tray

A paint roller

Extension pool

A canvas sheet to protect the floors and any furnishings that can’t be moved out of the space

Primer or Undercoat (if you are going from a very dark or bold colour to light, or if the walls are new)

Painter’s tape just in case, if you need to cut straight (the green stuff works best!)

A ladder to reach the highest points on the wall

Optional, depending upon the condition of your walls:

Ready-mixed Filler

A flat scraper tool

Fine sandpaper


This is really the most important part of painting so skipping these steps will lead to an imperfect job. If you take the time to make sure the walls are prepped properly, the task itself will be a breeze!
Start off by removing all accessories, pictures and anything else within your project’s space. The more you remove, the faster the job will be and the less likelihood of getting paint somewhere it’s not meant to go. Be sure to cover any remaining furniture in canvas or old bed sheets to protect it from paint spatters. Also ensure to cover your floors with canvas or plastic sheeting secured by tape to make sure it doesn’t move around as you work.

If your walls have any holes, these will need to be filled first with
your ready-mixed filler. Take a small amount of filler with the edge of your scraper and holding it at a 45 degree angle against the wall, pull the filler across the hole, filling it, and then holding the scraper perpendicular to the wall at a 90 degree angle, removing any excess filler. Leave to dry. Once dry, use fine grade sandpaper to go over the area to remove any remaining excess.

Sometimes walls need to be sanded before start to paint. This step remove all the imperfection on the walls and make them smooth. You can use a sand paper or a pool sander to do the job quicker or if you need to sand the whole walls.

Your prep work is now done! Time to start painting!


If you are starting out with a very dark colour or a very bright and bold colour and you want to make the transition to something softer or paler, then you’ll need to use a undercoat or primer first. This will act as a barrier between the old paint and the new paint and will make covering those brighter or darker colours much easier.

The steps below will be the same for all your coats. You’ll want to do one coat of primer and two coats of your final colour or if you don’t require primer, then 2-3 coats of your final colour.

Give your paint a good stir to ensure there’s been no separation of the colours prior to putting it on the wall.

Final coats

Now, you’ll want to do the edges first which is where your small brush comes in. Dip your paint brush about half way into your paint and remove any excess paint on one side by brushing it against the inside of the tin. Your brush should be fairly well loaded with paint but on one side only so that it doesn’t drip. Start to cut the top, making sure not to go over the cornice of the ceiling, go down in every corner of the room and then cut the bottom. As your paint brush runs out of paint, continue dipping the brush and removing one side of the excess as previously until all the edges are complete.

Once your edges have a coat of paint, gently tip your paint tin over the well of your painting tray to fill it about half way full. (Be careful when tipping it back as the paint will be quite thick and may run down the side of the tin).

Now take your roller and tip it into the paint tray well and roll it into the top of the tray, removing any excess and coating your entire roll with paint. Always use the area with the raised section on the tray to roll your brush to remove any excess. An overloaded paint roller will splatter as you use it, making a bit of a mess and covering you with small specks of paint!

Once your roller is fully coated, start in the middle of a wall and rolling it away from you, create an overlapping X-pattern on the wall with the paint without lifting the roller. Continue with this pattern, rolling in diagonal directions until that the section of the wall is fully painted. It will still be a bit transparent on your first coat and that’s okay! As long as there is some paint on the wall, that’s what you want.

Continue making diagonal movements, crisscrossing your paint brush over the previous strokes until the wall is completely covered in paint.

Wait the appropriate time to start on your next coat – normally between 2-4 hours and repeat this process for each coat, starting cut the top and bottom and then completing with the roller.

When you’ve completed the final coat of paint, give the paint a few hours to dry and leave for 6-8 hours (or overnight) before hanging anything or moving your furniture against the walls.

Congratulations! Your paint project is complete! 


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