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Apr 25

How To Happily Paint Your Room Part II – Painting

In an earlier post, you read about how to prepare a room for painting. Now let’s take a look at how to actually paint the room.

Materials you will need:

•    brushes
•    rollers and holders
•    extension for the roller handle
•    paint pan
•    paint stirrers
•    flathead screwdriver to open cans of paint
•    paint
•    movable lights

If you are using a roller for the main part of the walls or around door knobs or other portions that will remain unpainted, you must first do the “cutting in”. This is done with a paint brush. Also, where the molding or ceiling meets the walls, there will be a small space the roller is unable to reach. Here, you will be cutting in as well, making a horizontal line along that molding. One common mistake is to have a lot of paint on the brush. If you do so, then when you begin rolling, there is a possibility of seeing that line made by the brush. So, as you are brushing the paint along the molding, be sure to add a few extra brush strokes upward with each inch or so, in order to reduce the amount of paint and avoid portions along the wall where the paint is thicker, thus making the transition between the cutting in and rolling portions seamless.

Once all the cutting in is done, you are now at the easy part. Apply enough paint on the roller so you can easily spread it on the wall, but not too much for it to drip. It may take a few tries to get the perfect combination. As you are rolling, be sure to fully cover as much of the cutting as closely to the molding or ceiling as possible, rolloing over part of the cutting in portion, to make it a smooth transition.

When rolling the wall, use up and down motions in straight lines. As you are approaching the ceiling or floor, ease up on the pressure of the roller. This is a way to feather out the paint, so there are not lines the roller leaves behind. This way, there will be an even coat over the whole wall.

If you do notice a large line that formed, simply roll over it again and again, until it disappears. It may be helpful to add a little more paint, to moisten the area, so spreading is a bit easier.

Tips:

•    If using colored paint for the walls, keep in mind you probably want white for the ceiling. This eliminates the feeling of being closed in a box.
•    Turn off the phone. Leaving a partially painted wall for even a few minutes will cause the paint to dry and potentially will leave defining lines when finished.
•    Have good lighting – movable lights are great, so they can be aimed directly at the portions being painted. This will show how evenly the paint is distributed.
•    Avoid keeping anything on the floor and keep the painting pan in sight at all times. There are few things more frustrating than stepping on a pan and spilling a quart of paint everywhere. Also, keep the gallon of paint in the hallway on a mat or another room to avoid spilling that.
•    If using more than one container of paint, mix portions of all the containers together and fully stir, even if the color is white. This will give an even tone throughout the room.
•    Before leaving the paint store, have them shake up the paint for you. It may have been sitting on a shelf for a while and portions will have settled.
•    Take your time. You will be living with this room for a while!
•    Play your favorite music, and preferably on the energetic side. This will maintain your good mood, and make this project actually fun!

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