Have you decided to paint a room, or maybe two or three, in your home but aren’t quite sure where to start? Do you know the living room needs a new shade of paint, or the kitchen needs to be brighter? It is common to want a new color in a place you see every day.

Repainting a room in your house is an easy way to freshen up the look without breaking the bank. But it can be a daunting task. Where do you start? What are the correct painting techniques? Look no further. We have all the tips and advice you need for a do it yourself paint job.

Prep the Right Way

When you are getting ready to paint, taking a few extra steps in the beginning can save you a lot of time and headache down the road.


If your walls need to be cleaned up a bit, now is the time to do it. Don’t worry about dirt. Dirty walls can be painted. However, if you have oily or greasy surfaces, you should clean those areas before painting. You can find a deglosser or a high-quality cleaner that is intended for this use before painting.  If your walls are just dirty there is no need to worry about this step.

Appropriately cleaning the wall will help the paint adhere to the walls better. Read the instructions and be sure to use these products correctly and with protection.



If you want a smooth, even paint job, it is vital you prepare your walls before you paint. For areas that have patches or drywall compound, at a minimum there needs to be a seal coat and a top coat.  You may use primer, however it is not necessary, only cheaper.

Drop Cloths

Everyone knows you need to protect your floor and furniture, but most people purchase plastic drop cloths. If you invest in thick canvas cloths, they are reusable, they are heavy and stay in place, and they absorb spills where plastic drop cloths become slippery from spills, You will not regret using canvas to protect your floors. Keep in mind that large spills, even on canvas, need to be cleaned up quickly.


Purchase a large bucket; a 5-gallon bucket will be perfect. Mix all the cans of paint into the larger bucket. Individual cans of paint can vary slightly in color so it is best to figure out about how much paint you will need before you start and mix those. If in doubt, mix more than you think you need. This process is called boxing.

Use the Right Method

When it comes to painting your room, keep in mind that a poor paint job will be noticeable for a long time to come, especially if you purchased a high-quality paint that is made to last. Be sure to use the best painting techniques for a superior paint job.

When you are ready to put the brush to the wall, make sure you are painting the room in the correct order. Start with the trim, then paint the ceiling, then finish with the walls. This way you can paint the trim without taping anything because taping the wall is more difficult than taping the trim when you paint the wall.

Ceiling Painting

If you do the trim and ceiling first, you don’t have to worry about being neat because you are going to paint the wall last and cover any paint splatter. Be sure to allow the trim and ceiling to dry for at least 24 hours before you apply painters tape to paint the wall.

When you start painting, you will generally start at a corner or trim and move up and over. It is easiest to use a brush around corners, trims, and switches or outlets. However, to keep a smooth look, use a small roller immediately after you apply paint with a brush. That way you will not have distinct brush marks in certain parts of the room.

Lap marks happen when the paint is applied unevenly, and there is buildup where brush strokes overlap. These thick paint layers happen when you paint over paint that is dry already, which can happen very fast in dry or warm conditions. To avoid this look, always keep a wet edge. To do this, be sure each stroke of your roller slightly overlaps the previous stroke before it dries, so you are applying wet paint onto wet paint.

Wall Painting

To be sure you make even strokes, start at a corner and run the brush or roller the entire height of the wall, moving over just a little bit with each new stroke. Be sure to even out thick spots or runs if you notice them while you are painting. Reload the roller often, as a dry brush will create uneven strokes. Keep the open side of the roller frame towards the wet paint. That way, the pressure from your hand on the handle will apply any extra paint on the side with only one stroke and not leave paint ridges.

If you have to stop painting, or you’re painting such a large wall or ceiling that it is impossible to keep painting onto wet paint, feather out your edges. These thinner edges with less paint will be easier to paint over without leaving thick spots. To do this, roll the roller without new paint out in several directions from the wet edge. When you return, apply fresh paint in the opposite directions of the feathering. This method will reduce lap marks.

After you have finished painting, you will need to pull the tape off the trim. Do NOT merely yank it off the wall. You will leave an uneven line. Instead, give the paint about a day to dry then use a sharp utility knife to slice along the tape breaking the film of dry paint. Pull the tape up as you are cutting. This method will leave a beautiful, clean line.

Painting Tape

In Conclusion

You are ready to paint! Of course, you might still be thinking, “what have I gotten myself into?” If you are unsure of these painting techniques and want help, Call the experts at Select Painting. They will even give you a free estimate! Your interior paint will look amazing with the help of the professionals at Select Painting.