If the steps are followed in order, you can achieve a professional look. For this project, you will need the paint of your choice. These instructions will only teach you how to apply one color. You will also need; a paint brush, roller pan, a roller, putty knife, screw driver, caulking gun, painter tape, dust brush, hammer, tube of caulking, and a tub of sparkling. These items are all important to achieve a professional result. Once you are ready to paint, you need to follow these steps carefully. As you go through these steps you Will be told Why you are doing them.
The first thing you must do is empty he room that you will be painting. You can move the items into a room that unoccupied. This includes anything hanging on the walls. NOW that your room is empty, you will need to walk around the room looking for nails. Simply take your hammer and walk up to a nail, placing the V side of the hammer head against the wall with the nail between the v. Slide the v down the nail until, the nail can be lifted. Take your hammer, and gently tap the holes that were made by the nails. This will push down the old paint, and the dry wall that was lifted when the nails were removed.
At this time, you will need to remove all the cover plates on the light switches and plugs in the room. Take your screw driver and remove; the screw or screws that are holding it mounted on the wall. There can be up to four screws, hut the traditional ones usually have one screw. Avoid touching any of the wires; this will shock you. If there are children around you when you are painting; keep the cover plates on the ones you are not facing, This will help you work better, and not having to worry what the children are doing. You can always go back and paint around them, when it is safe to do so.
If you are worried about being shocked, you can go to the fuse box and shut the power off to the room that you are painting. Other items you may want to remove are fans, vent covers, and thermometers. This will protect them from getting paint on them. It takes more time to scratch the paint Off these items then it is to simply remove them from the wall. Now take your tub of sparkling and open it. Take your putty knife and mix at least the first inch Of the sparkling. Losing your putty knife take a small amount and go where there is a hole in the wall.
Place the putty knife flat n the wall where the hole is, and gently make a stroke over it. This Will rill the hole. Fifth hole does not fill, repeat this step. Try leaving a minimal amount as possible. If there is too much left on the wall, this will cause lumps that will not match the texture of your wall. If this does happen take a damp towel and wipe the lump that needs to be reduced. If the sparkling has dried, you can use a piece of sand paper to even out the lump. Take the sand paper, rough side down, while using some pressure and rub like you are scrubbing a stain out.
Continue owing this until the lump is even With the wall. Place the tip side that is cut diagonally against the corner. Make a thin line from the ceiling down to the base board. Immediately take a damp towel, and gently rub using your finger, and go over the thin line of caulking. Now that all the holes have been filled, it is now time to caulk all the corners Of the walls, base boards, and Windows. First you Will need your caulking gun, and a tube of caulking. Now take your tube of caulking; make a diagonal cut at the tip. Now go to a corner of the room where you will like to start.
Be sure not to use too much force; this will simply remove your caulking. This process will cover any cracks, and also give the corner a new look. Go around the whole room doing this. Once you have completed this process, you are now ready to tape the flooring and base boards of the room. Take your painter tape and place it along the base of the floor, windows, and frames that you want to protect. The tape should be placed on the base and not the wall. Press the tape down with pressure, to prevent the paint from going underneath the tape. Any air pockets will leave paint on the bases.
As you are taping: make sure that you dust your bases before applying tape. The dust will make it harder for the tape to stick to the base. Also the dust will stick to the paint brush and roller, which will be painted onto the wall. When you have completed these steps, you are now ready to paint the room. This next step will be prepping your walls for the rolling process. Take the stick that you received when you bought the paint, and open your can of paint. Take the stick and mix the paint good. If the paint has gloss in it, you Will notice that all the gloss is at the top. Glossy paint takes more time to mix then a flat paint.
When you are finished mixing the paint, pour some into something that is convenient, such as a small bucket, bowl, or the can of paint itself will be fine. Starting with the ceiling take your paint, and dip your paint brush in the paint. You Will need to put the paint brush half way into the paint. This will load your brush. When you start painting the corners of the ceiling, make long strokes back and forth. This will make painting easier, when it comes to the rolling. The roller does not always get into the ceiling corners. Always give the edges two coatings of paint. The roller holds a greater deal of paint than the paint brush.
Once the ceiling corners are painted, do all of the edges including around the door frames, windows, and base boards. Ay doing this, you are allowing the paint on the ceiling to dry before you take the roller to it. The walls are now prepped; now grab your roller and the roller pan. Pour enough paint into the pan, so that the paint is about half an inch from the top of the deepest part tot the pan: dip your roller in the pan. You will promptly make award and backward stokes in the paint, This loads the roller with paint. Take your roller to the place on the ceiling where you started with the paint brush.
Place the roller into pan and start rolling forward and backward, Make sure if the roller is skipping as you are painting that you go and reload the roller. This will save you time and energy at the once Continue doing this until the ceiling is painted. Once the ceiling is painted, you can now paint the rest of the walls in the room, Allow the wall to fully dry, at least two hours. Finally, once the walls are reed, you will need to walk around the room looking at the walls to see if there are any places that did not receive an even coat of paint. You will be looking for places that are lighter than others.
You will then apply another coat of paint using your roller. When the walls are dried after the touch ups, you may began removing the painters tape. Gently peel the tape off slowly. You are now ready to Start the cleaning process. Using lukewarm water, rinse Off the paint brush, roller, roller pan, and putty knife. Make sure that you shake the water from the mint brush and the roller well. NOW that your walls have a new look to them, you are now ready to bring all your stuff into the room again. Once you know the walls are fully dry, you may start hanging all your belongings back on them.
Set you furniture as desired, leaving about an inch veneer the walls and furniture. This will help prevent your furniture from rubbing the paint. If by chance there is a lump of paint that did not dry all the way, and the furniture rubs against it, the paint will rub off on to the furniture. This will also leave you a bare spot on the all, where the paint was wet, Now, that you have finished your painting that included, emptying the room, removing the cover plates, tilling in holes, caulking, taping, prepping the walls, painting using a paint brush, and roller.
Lastly you looked for touch ups, and now you can take time to enjoy your hard work. When you have company come over, make sure you mention you painted your own room. Maybe they will need help painting a reach in their house, and call you knowing you can paint Although this took you quite some time to do, remember following these steps anyone can paint like a professional, too.