Everyone has to start somewhere. I remember the first time that I picked up a paint roller. As I rolled the soft lavender paint over my then two-year-old little girl’s new bedroom, I was amazed at how simple it was. My confidence grew with each purple patch of wall that was completed.
Since that day, twelve years ago, I’ve painted lots of rooms and learned some tricks along the way.
~Wipe down the walls with a damp cloth to remove dust, cobwebs and the like. This step is important.
~Next, patch all of the nail holes, nicks and scrapes with spackling. Try to find one that will not shrink when it dries and that is paintable. Some spackling goes on one color and then turns another color when dry, letting you know it’s time to paint.
~You will need to remove any outlet plates and switch covers in the room. You might want to bag each cover with its screws for safekeeping. No one likes looking for lost screws.
~Lay down a painters cloth to protect your floors. If you don’t have painters cloth, you can use old sheets. I’ve even used plastic garbage sacks. You may want to move furniture to the center of the room, or even out of the room if possible. If furniture is left in the room you are painting, cover it with a cloth, too.
~Tape off the edges of the wall with painters tape. Start at one end, lining the tape up against the edge of the ceiling or baseboards and gradually work across the room. To be honest, I skip this step. I have much better luck cutting in without the tape in my way. I just keep a wet rag handy in case of a mishap.
~Gather your paint and supplies. Open the can with a can opener provided for free at the paint store. If you forget to pick one up, a flathead screwdriver will work just as well.
~Give the paint a good stir, especially if it’s been a few days since you brought it home. Stir sticks are also free at the paint counter. I’ve used a ruler in a pinch.
~Pour some paint in a small pail with a handle, and clip it to your ladder with an S hook or clip. Dip an angled paint brush in the paint, and cut in around the ceiling, corners and baseboards.
~Now, pour some paint in the deep end of the paint tray and roll the roller cover in the paint, removing the excess on the textured end of the tray. Use your roller to scroll a W or M on the wall in about a 3 foot by 3 foot section, then fill it in. Paint the wall from top to bottom. You can use an extension pole to reach the upper part of the wall.
Normally, my paint supplies are scattered all over the room, getting paint on the tarp that I then step in and track everywhere. So, I tried this simple tip for mess free painting from Family Handyman, and corralled my supplies in the cardboard tray from a bottled water case.
It worked like a charm! This pin test gets an A+ for ease, ingenuity and living up to its claim. I didn’t have to wander the room looking for things. And even better, I didn’t spill or step in paint.
Now, this next tip is super handy! If you have to walk away from your paint project for a while, you can simply wrap your roller cover or paint brush in plastic wrap until you’re ready to paint again. This keeps them from drying out. If you’ll be on an extended break, put the plastic wrapped supplies in the refrigerator.
I’ve used this trick many times, and it never fails.
After the room is painted, go over it with a second coat. Wash out your paint brushes, paint tray and roller cover, and store them for your next paint job.
Good luck. I know you can do it!
See you in class,