Envisaging new paint schemes for interior refurbishment, but don’t know how to paint a room properly? Painting, unlike what TV’s pseudo-experts make you believe, is a process. We’d all love to dump two gallons of Valspar into a pan and madly roll coats of high-gloss colors in random directions, unfortunately the end result would be undesirable, grotesque to look at, and would probably require repainting.

Whether you’re looking to install a wireless home theater system or simply re-vamp your color schemes, you’ve got to learn how to paint a room properly.

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Let’s look at steps for painting a room properly, with less mess and cleaner looking end results.

Surface Preparation

Surface preparation entails making sure any debris is removed from walls and performing general wall maintenance so walls will hold paint, and be free of nail holes, chipped sheet rock or hairline cracks.

First, make sure you’ve carefully removed baseboards. Regardless if covered, you’ll want to paint behind your baseboards to keep walls uniform should you wish to go with quarter-round down the road.

Next, fill holes or small cracks with caulk and spackle, making sure to sand any excess materials to keep surface even. Paint may fill some holes naturally, but doing so will leave small indentations where holes were left unfilled, so make sure to fill them before anything.

Finally, if your paint requires primer, now’s the time to mix it. We tell people who want to know how to paint a room properly that home improvement stores may instruct people on proper primer mixture, or may even primer the paint in-store prior to heading home.

Room Preparation (masking tape, CANVAS drop cloths)

When learning how to paint a room properly, it’s important that all floors, windows and permanent fixtures which cannot be moved are covered and taped. For example, it’s not sensible to uproot hardwood floors because you’re painting, just make sure they’re covered completely with canvas drop cloths or heavy milled plastic sheeting (canvas if you intend on painting frequently).

This is the perfect time for deciding on stencil placement if you want shapes or designs on your wall. Stencils are taped to walls and simply painted over, leaving an impression of designs behind in the color of the wall you’re painting over. When painting a room, creativity isn’t as important as accuracy and proper paint coverage.

Once you’ve taped windows, covered floors and made sure designs are planned, it’s important to grab clean brushes and rollers before starting. Power rollers are good, too, but require skill and perfectly clean nozzles, so we suggest sticking with standard rollers and slim-width brushes for touch-up.


Properly painting your room requires patience. To paint a room with a roller, for example, you’ll want to skim the paint inside your pan, not submerge the entire roller. Too much paint could lead to paint runs, not to mention make cleanup rather tedious.

When teaching others how to paint a room properly, we suggest using an ‘overlapping W” technique, meaning you’ll make W’s on your wall, them overlap them continually. This distributes paint evenly, helps deter runs or thick spots, and expedite the drying process. When you feel your roller drying slightly, skim and evenly spread more paint onto your roller. To get tight spots, lightly dip your touch-up brush and paint upward, then down, to cover corners.

After you experience how to paint a room properly, you’ll never forget.

Clean Up

After you’ve let paint dry long enough, it’s time for cleaning and pickup. Until the surface is completely dry, we suggest leaving tape on. However, you can remove drop cloths and start putting paint buckets away.

Cleaning paint brushes requires some effort, so we’ve created an intuitive guide explaining how to clean paint brushes properly. Read through this, and if you’ve got any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Learning how to paint a room properly can save plenty of headache and money, as well as increase the aesthetic essence of your interior. Make sure you’re selecting paints that are primer-ready if possible to save the expense of buying paint primers.