Painting is, by far, the simplest means of giving your space a facelift. With the right tools, materials, and a bit of patience, you can get professional results yourself. Some people go as far as saying painting can also be considered therapeutic.
First things first, you will need to get organized. Make sure you buy all of the tools you’re going to require. Paint brushes, rollers, trays, pans, gloves, tape, thinner, etc.… Making a list before you go to the hardware store generally helps.
Begin by moving all of the furniture either out of the room, or into the center. Make sure to cover everything with drop cloths, unless you’re interested in having splatter-painted furniture, of course. If you’re also painting the ceiling, then it’s best to have everything moved to another room if at all possible.
Remove any chandeliers, switch covers, and outlet covers as well. The less you have to “work around” the easier and more professional the end result will be. Use the tape to cover any trim you don’t want painted. You can also use tape to split a wall if you’re looking to dual-tone it.
Lay drop clothes all over the floor as well. Make sure everything is covered, as painting is very messy business. It’s best to designate a single area in which you work out of. Keep all your tools and paint there as you work. You’ll only want to be moving the tray/pan around with you.
Before painting, it’s important to prepare the walls. If there are any dents, chips, or holes you’ll want all that fixed. You can paint over old paint, but it’s generally a good idea to sand the walls down. After sanding, give them a good wash and they’re ready to go. Sanding the walls allows the paint to adhere better.
Beginning from the top, work your way down. This will allow you to see drips and correct them as you go along. If you’re painting the ceiling, start with that first, and then work the walls. Also, finish the walls before you do any trimming. Working larger areas first finishes the project quicker when you don’t have to worry about dripping on your freshly painted trim.
After you have completed the ceiling and walls, you then paint the trim. You can paint it a different color to accent the walls. This will give the room a very visually pleasing look. Patience and working carefully, you’ll have professional results in no time.
Pro Tip: Allow for the paint to dry about 24 hours before replacing the furniture and fixtures in the room.
Once you’ve got it all back in place, sit down, relax, and enjoy the view.
If you’re more of a visual learner, the DIY Network provides visual steps on How To Paint a Room.
Don’t want to paint it yourself? Hire a professional painting contractor in Charleston, SC.