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Painting Walls And Ceilings: Step-By-Step Guide

When it comes to painting a room, there can a wild mix of emotions. From super excited for the new look all the way to the stress of “how in the world do you paint this?”

If that feeling is all too common, then you’re in luck as we've compiled a step by step process on how to properly paint an entire room

So, from the walls to the ceiling were covering it all!

It’s important to keep in mind a few prep work that will make a world of difference. It also might save your carpet or hardwoods from a dripping ceiling. Well, talk more about this part in the “Prep Your Room” section.

Enough blabbering – Let’s dive right into it!

Tools Needed:

  • Paint roller

  • Extension Pole

  • Paintbrush

  • Paint Tray

  • Painters Tape

  • Rages

  • Putty Knife

  • Drop cloths

  • Paint

Pick Out Your Paint Color

This step is important to do first to keep motivation and excitement going throughout the project.

When it comes to picking out the “perfect color” there are many resources to checkout. Some of the easiest ones are Google and Pinterest. These will give a great representation of what the paint and room will look like.

You’ll also want to keep in mind what look you’re going for. Do you want a warm or cool shade? Neutral or saturated?

It’s also important to match the paint with the furniture in the room.

Be sure to pick up a few samples from the hardware store if you’re stuck between a few colors.

Prep The Room

The next step will set you up to make the project go a lot smoother and quicker with fewer messes.

The very first step is to make sure you have a drop cloth to cover the entire floor. This is a necessity as you’ll be painting the ceiling first and there could be a quick a bit of dripping.

Its also important to tape off any outlets, trim, etc. that you wouldn't want the paint to get on.

At this point you can start priming the walls, this can take anywhere from 1-3 coats depending on how dark the previous color was previously.

Paint The Ceiling

The ceiling will be the first part that you paint. It won’t typically require that much paint as ceilings are typically white.

The main goal is to brighten it up a bit.

Painting the ceiling will require a roller with an extension so that you can reach the ceiling properly. It’s best to work in sections, this will save you from exhaustion.

In most cases, you’ll be done with the ceiling after one coat but if you feel it needs another coat it’s better to do it right away rather than pushing it back.

Paint The Walls

The walls will be a bit easier as its right in front of your face. But it will also require more coats and attention to detail.

At this point, the walls should already be primed and all that it will take is 1-3 coats based on your color option.

Darker colors will require more coats and lighter colors won’t need as many.

After the first coat is applied, take a step back, and determine if it needs another coat. If you want it darker then apply another coat.

Final Thoughts

Truth is, painting the ceiling and walls is not as scary as it might seem. There might be a few struggles at times but the more you go the more you’ll learn!

Painting a room can get exhausting so be prepared. Also, keep in mind that there must be ventilation like an open window or the paint vapors can affect you negatively.

Now that you know how to paint a room its time to get to work, be sure to follow everything step by step and you’ll end up with an amazing room!

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