How to Paint a Room

Walls are the most visible, and therefore perhaps the most important, element of your DIY interior paint project. With proper preparation, tools, and painting techniques, you can ensure a quality result. Watch the video above to see how we transform this space, and follow along with the simple step-by-steps below.

For Best Results:

If you need to stop or break during your paint job, stop at a natural break in the wall.

When you are nearing the end of one container of paint, find a natural break in your project. Open a second container and mix it into the paint from the first container. Stir well.

Clean spills and drips using a damp cloth while the paint is still wet.

  1. Aerial shot of tools needed to paint a room

    Step 1

    Grab your tools.

  2. Furniture covered with drop cloths

    Step 2

    Move your furniture and cover it and the floor with drop cloths.

  3. Person removing cover plates from light switches and outlets

    Step 3

    Using a screwdriver, remove all cover plates from light switches and outlets.

  4. Person filling holes on a wall with spackle

    Step 4

    Fill any holes with spackle. Wait for it to dry and lightly sand. Wipe off any excess dust.

  5. Person taping a wall with painter's tape

    Step 5

    Tape off any areas using an arm’s length of tape. Press down firmly to prevent any paint from seeping behind it.

  6. Person painting along painter's tape with an angled sash brush

    Step 6

    After stirring the paint, dip an angled sash brush in the paint and then paint along the tape to form a border that is double the width of the brush.

  7. Paint roller dipped in a paint tray

    Step 7

    Pour paint into the paint tray. Grab your roller and dip it in the paint making sure it is completely saturated. Roll it up and down on the tray to remove any excess paint.

  8. Person painting a W on a wall with a paint roller

    Step 8

    Roll a “W” on the wall with the roller, filling the empty spaces in a top to bottom motion. This will help place an even distribution of paint onto the wall. Repeat this until you have completely covered the entire wall.

  9. Graphic of a stopwatch

    Step 9

    Wait 1-2 hours until paint is completely dry and recoat using the same process as step 8.

  10. Peeling painter's tape off of a freshly painted wall

    Step 10

    While the paint is still wet, peel off the tape.

  11. Person washing a paint brush with soapy water

    Step 11

    Clean up your tools using warm soapy water.

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Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Paint

  • Paint Can Opener

  • Stir Stick

  • Screwdriver

  • Spackle and Applicator

  • Sandpaper (150-220 Grit)

  • Painter's Tape

  • Angled Sash Brush (2"-2½")

  • Roller Cover and Frame

  • Extension Pole

  • Paint Tray

  • Paint Tray Liner

  • Rags

  • Drop Cloths

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