Interior Painting: 8 Basic Steps On How To Paint A House


Is your room or house screaming for a make-over, but you aren’t sure where to begin? Are the rooms in your home looking uninteresting and made of plain old walls? Or do you simply want to  venture into interior painting business? Well, please pay close attention to this article.

Interior painting isn’t limited to just the walls. This is because walls are only one aspect of a room. Ceilings, doors and trim can also help re-energize your living room, bedroom, or any other space.

With these 5 easy steps on How to Paint the Interior of a House, you can give your room or house a quick and refreshing makeover.

Step 1. Decide on the colors.

Tour the house and write down your thoughts on the colors to make use of. You can also buy your paint at this time, don’t wait until the last minute… Read more.

Step 2. Plan the schedule.

Painting a room/house the right way requires proper planning. Plan for everything i.e, time to move furniture, wall prep, cut in, the painting itself, breaks, and don’t forget cleanup and bringing the furniture back in. Also plan for unforeseen events which will slow you down. Don’t try to fit in too much into a day. If you move faster than planned, great!

Step 3. Prep the room.

Start by removing as much furniture as possible from the room. Then remove any pictures, mirrors, window treatments, and electrical/light switch plates.

It is best to EMPTY THE ROOM entirelyMove everything to another room. You can keep the tables and things that you can cover.

Loosen the ceiling plates of hanging light fixtures. Use thick ‘nylon’ to cover the floors, fixtures and left over furniture.

Clean the ceiling and walls. Make sure that you remove any wallpaper, patch, dust, dirt, and grease spots before you attempt to paint.

You can use water, a little mild dish-washing detergent, and a sponge. Rinse ceiling and walls with clean water to remove the soap residue.

Make sure that there’s ventilation because it helps to dry things faster and keep the air fresh. Find another ventilation system, if there are dust or other airborne particles on the windows.

 Step 4. Get started!

Always start with the ceiling first. Also, paint the largest or most difficult room first. Putting it off until last will make you dread getting to it.

If you plan on changing the floors, do them after painting. You will make a mess, you don’t want paint on your new carpet.

Step 5. Painting The Ceiling

Before you start painting the ceiling, remove excess paint on the roller by slowly rolling it back and forth over the ridges of the paint tray.

Beginning at a corner of the room, use a trim brush to “cut in,” applying a three-inch strip of coating along the perimeter where the wall and the ceiling meet.

Cut in a section at a time, alternating between cutting in and painting the ceiling to maintain a wet edge and prevent a visible line between the cut-in area and the rest of the ceiling.

Now, start painting near the corner of the room, blending the coating into the ceiling line painted previously. Paint across the width of the ceiling, rather than the length, and make sure to roll in a motion across your body, rather than along your body, to avoid straining your neck and back.

Step 6. Painting the Walls

Once your ceiling is dry, return to the spot where you began painting. Use a trim brush to carefully cut in along the wall-ceiling line. Extend out two to three inches from windows, doors, and moldings. Once you’ve cut in around an entire wall area, use a roller to fill in the field.

For efficiency, start in the corner of a wall and roll on a three-by-three-foot W pattern, then fill it in without lifting the roller. Continue in sections until you’re finished. Paint one wall at a time.

Step 7. Painting the Trim

Once the walls are completely dry, place masking tape where the trim meets the wall. Paint the moldings, baseboard and the door and window frames with a two-inch angled brush. When painting your trim, paint the tops of the doors and windows first and work your way down so that you can remove any runs as you go. Paint your baseboards last.

Step 8. Clean up!

Ensure all your materials are cleaned and properly disposed of. Tackle floors after walls.
ODIRA ONYENSO

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Odira Onyenso

Odira Onyeso is a copywriter and curator on ekoconnect.net, and a writer of short romantic stories to boot. Her areas of interest include photography and fashion.

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