Painting walls is a chore, and one that you will want to
get right the first time around. Failure to paint the wall
properly will cause the colors bleeding; running and you
will have to add many coats of paint to cover these
Place drop cloths on the area around where you are
painting. Some paints say they wash up with soap and
water, and the paint still is hard to remove.
Purchase paintbrushes for oil paints or latex, depending
on which paint you are using. Same thing goes for the
paint roller. It should have a medium nap. If preferred,
you can use a paint sprayer and can purchase one at your
local hardware center or home improvement center.
You can paint oil based paints over latex, but you can't
paint latex based paints over oil based paints without
first prepping the walls. You can buy an etching solution
or use a primer to seal in the oil paint. After you have
primed the wall, you can begin painting.
First you will want to start with your ceilings. Feel free
to paint over the edges because when you paint the walls,
you'll cut your corner in.
Next is your woodwork. Sand and prime before you paint.
Use a semi-gloss enamel paint on your trim and a flat
finish or eggshell paint on your walls. Trim being doors,
Now that you have finished the ceiling, you can paint the
walls. Cut in first with a paintbrush. You do this by
painting the corners and areas that the paint roller will
Roll out two coats on your walls, being sure you let the
first coat dry thoroughly first. Be sure to have a window
or fan for proper ventilation. If it's cold outside, make
sure the heat is on in your home to help dry the paint.
Be sure to use quality paint. If you have children, you
will want to make sure the paint can be washed. Also make
sure the paint has a warranty for at least 5 years or
After painting, be sure to clean the brushes, roller and
roller pans for your next project.