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...

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...

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...

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.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...

Paint from top to bottom

After you’ve cut in your edges at the ceiling and baseboard using a brush, use your roller to apply paint from the ceiling downward. Amateurs often have...

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...

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.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 any spills or splatters are...

Knit versus Woven

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

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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...