Painting Walls Like a DIY Pro.Don’t forget ventilation

Make sure your space is well-ventilated throughout the project by opening windows and using fans."Keeping the room warm and a fan blowing definitely helps speed up the...

Painting Walls Like a DIY Pro.Pick your painting techniques

Your paint is mixed and your roller is at the ready, but make sure to plan a strategy before you get started. Work from the top of...

Painting Walls Like a DIY Pro.Mix your paint

Use a wooden paint stick to stir the paint, and re-stir often throughout the project. If you’re using more than one gallon of paint, combine the cans...

Painting Walls Like a DIY Pro.Prep the walls and the room

You don't want to damage your favorite sofa or that heirloom Grandma gave you, so empty the room of all the furniture. If you don't have enough...

Painting Walls Like a DIY Pro.Determine how much paint you’ll need

Whether you’re painting a powder room or the exterior of your house, the general rule of thumb is one gallon per 400 square feet. But that’s just...

Painting Walls Like a DIY Pro.Pick out your tools and materials

Every project is unique and you may need different tools depending on the paint you choose and the condition of your walls, but there are a few...

Painting Walls Like a DIY Pro.Choose your color

Browsing through fan decks and paint chips can be overwhelming. Start by figuring out the general color characteristics: Do you want a warm or cool shade? A neutral or...

Painting Walls Like a DIY Pro.Plan your approach

Start by thinking about how you want the finished project to look and remember that you’re not limited to four walls in the same color. Consider painting...

Knit versus Woven

For smoother lint-free results with all paints, use a woven roller fabric—especially with higher-sheen coatings. For greater pickup...

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT ROLLER COVER

An ideal paint applicator increases production and makes your painting project easier; choose the right roller cover and that’s exactly what you’ll do. When selecting a roller...

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Painting Walls Like a DIY Pro.Give yourself enough time

The amount of time your project will take depends on the size of your room, how you’re painting, and your skill level....

Painting Walls Like a DIY Pro.Clean up

You’ve done multiple coats, but it’s not time to relax just yet. Remove all painters tape and gather drop clothes, making sure...