Thinking of painting a room yourself? This week, Bproperty gives you hints and tips to guide you through this delicate, yet simple, task.

How to paint a wall?

First of all, painting needs a lot of careful planning. Before you dive into the painting phase, make sure you:

  • Have a proper idea and plan of what you are going to do
  • Have all the needed gear and instruments for the job
  • Have set aside a full day for just preparation — hastily painted walls will look bad

Choose a color

Perhaps the most daunting task when it comes to painting is that there are limitless possibilities. Talk to experts or research online which color will look best on your wall and combine well with your floor and furniture.

Prepare walls, ceiling, and room for painting

Before you start painting, it is best you lay plastic sheets on the floor to avoid any paint on it. Disconnect any electrical outlets or cover them with painter’s tape.

Rub your walls with sandpaper to make sure the paint gets into the small holes created, thus enhancing the finish of the painting. Getting your walls and ceiling ready for the paint is key to high-quality painting. Make sure those are dust-free, smooth and absolutely dry. It helps to use detergents to wash them and let them dry slowly with time.

Choose what kind of paint brush you will use, and what is available to you within your budget. Cover the wall first with a coat of primer. This coat will absorb color well, especially if the wall was not painted before.

The painting process

Start with dipping your roller in water for latex-based paint or oil thinner for based paint. Fill a tray with adequate paint and roll your roller in it. Squeeze out the excess paint from the roller by rubbing it against the grate. Now coat the wall in the paint with your roller in a “W” or “M” motion with the paint. Repeat this motion until the whole wall is covered in paint. It is also important to note not to lift off the roller while repeating the motion unless you need another application of paint. Usually, the roller will make a sticky noise when it is time for that. After you have finished painting, let it dry for several hours and if necessary, apply another coat of paint for an amazing result.

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