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. For instance, using a dark...

Knit versus Woven

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

Top Ways to Paint Like a Pro – 8

Let the roller do the work Today’s premium paints flow on easily, and you’ve already chosen a good roller cover (right?), so there’s...

Use primer

Paint-and-primer combinations are fine if you already have a clean, smooth surface, but if there are any issues with the wall or it’s been more than eight...

Box your paint

Get your salesperson to help you with a realistic estimate of how much paint you’ll really need so that you can buy it all at once. Then,...

Wait for dry weather

Humidity means drips and slow drying, so avoid painting on a rainy day. If you must paint when it’s humid, take your time — and take...

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.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.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.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...

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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...