Top Interior Painting Tips for the DIY Painter

by maryspark

Paint is a key thing for the outlook for your house. It presents your house colorfully and attractively. Good quality and durable paint will keep your house clean for many years. Learning the art of painting a room properly is an essential thing for beginner DIY’ers, new homeowners, and veteran home improvement experts. Before you pick up the roller and start doing the first coat, it’s essential to have a proper plan of action. Nowadays painting services are pretty expensive and it’s difficult to find anyone good in this. So here is the complete procedure of painting a wall by yourself.

Devise a plan before starting:

From a sketch of how you want the finished project to look like and remember one thing, you’re not bound to pick the same color for four walls or the entire room. You can pick a different color for each one. Also, consider that whether the ceiling could use this as a refresh as well.

Choose your color scheme:

While choosing the color scheme first figure out the general color characteristics. Decide what type of shade you want warm, cool, neutral, or saturated. If you have furniture or art then you should also consider that how this shade will complement them. Once you have decided what exactly you want then pick a few shades and get samples. Get the adhesive swatches from your brand which gives you a better sense of shade if you slap them on the wall. Assess the colors to check how they look in the room during the different times of the day. Many paint brands also have tools on their websites that let you upload a photo of your space and preview various colors on the walls. But because the colors look different in real so you still need to try it out in the space.

Pick your tools and materials:

Different tools and materials are required depending on the paint you have selected and the condition of your walls. However, there are a few things which are must to have. Here are those.

  • Paint roller
  • Paint
  • Paint roller extension pole
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint tray
  • Sandpaper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Rags
  • Putty knife


Determine the total quantity of paint you need:

Either you’re painting a powder room or the exterior of your house, the general thumb rule for this is one gallon per 400 square feet. But that’s just a rough estimation. To get a more precise idea particularly in large projects paint calculator should be used. This will give you a proper quantity after measuring the window and door spaces as well. In the case of whitewashing a charcoal gray wall, more paint will be required because of goes from dark to light. Painting a highly textured surface will need more paint rather than a smooth one.  One most important tip regarding the quantity of paint is to buy about 10% more than the calculated.

Preparation of room and walls:

Before starting to paint remove anything unnecessary in the room. Such as removing all the furniture from the room as it will get damaged and while painting. In case if you don’t have any space to replace the furniture then simply push it to the center of the room. Cover it with pieces with a drop cloth or lightweight plastic sheet. Do the same for floor, cabinets, or countertops. Remove light switches and outlet covers and apply painter’s tape to protect these from paint splashes.

Mixing of paint:

Mix the paint by using a wooden paint stick and re-stir after some time throughout the project. Unstirred paint can lead to the separation of ingredients which will compromise the true color which you want to achieve. In case if you’re using more than one gallon of paint then combine the cans in a large bucket if there is color variation.

The painting technique:

Now your paint is ready and it’s time to paint. Start from the top of the room and move downwards. Paint the light-colored wall first because if the paint will get on the accent wall the dark paint will cover the splashes of that light-colored paint. Once the lighter wall gets dried tape off the edges of it so that dark color doesn’t bleed into your new paint. Follow these techniques to achieve a clean finishing while painting.


Complete drying of paint is very important. For this make sure that the space is properly ventilated throughout the project. Open the windows and use ceiling fans for this. Keeping the room slightly warm and blowing the fan will surely help to speed up the drying process. On a damp and moist day drying will take a little longer.


After the completion of multiple coats, it’s time to clean the room. Remove painter’s tape and collect all the drop cloths. Makes sure that any spills or splatters are dry before you remove them. In the case of latex and water-based paints, clean the brushes with soapy water and for oil-based paints use mineral spirits.

Give yourself enough time:

The time required for completion depends on the size of the room, how you’re house painting, and your skill level. Some spaces will take more time so make sure to have more time than you think the job will need.

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