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How To Paint a Room

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To paint a room, start with the ceiling and then paint the walls. Finish with the skirting and architraves.

  1. Make sure there is adequate ventilation in the room.
  2. Prepare the walls and ceiling. Use a stain-blocking primer to cover any dark marks you can't remove like stains, otherwise, that area will bleed through the painted surface. Never paint on wallpaper.
  3. Plan on three coats: one coat of primer and two coats of finish. Always use primer on patched and unpainted surfaces; raw surfaces suck up paint and may require an additional top to cover repaired surfaces.
  4. Paint into all the corners with a 50mm or 75mm paintbrush. Use the same brush to outline where the ceiling meets the wall (and vice versa), around doors and windows, above the skirting and around any other architrave or detailing - and wherever a paint roller won't fit..
  5. Pour some paint into the roller pan and roll away on the ceiling and then the walls. Pour only a small amount of paint in your roller pan - this will keep the paint from drying out before you can use it.
  6. Try to start rolling before the brushed-on paint has had time to dry, so that the rolled-on paint will blend in rather than become a second coat. Rolling out a W, about 3 feet wide, and then filling it in, assures an even application of paint. Get as close into the corners as you can without making a messy paint line.
  7. Paint from dry areas into wet. As this will help minimise the “roller lines” you sometimes get from pushing to hard on the roller. Thin out all edges as you go, whether using a brush or a roller; this will also help provide a smooth finish.
  8. Cover cans or buckets when you're not using them. Keep a rag and brush handy to deal with drips, spills and the general messiness of the process. If a drip becomes too dry to spread out, let it dry. Come back later, sand it and paint over it.

Tips: Wear old clothes and a hat.

The secret to saving that leftover paint is to put it in a container with the least amount of air space. Use a Tupperware container, or an old plastic butter container with a lid. Store in a temperature controlled area (not too hot or too cold).

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