how I paint a room

Notice I didn't write, "how to paint a room"...I'm not sure if what I'm doing is technically correct, or efficient, or whatever...but it works just fine for me, so I thought I'd pass on what I've learned to you.

And, because I seem to have been doing nothing but painting for the past few weeks, I think I've worked some bugs out of my own methods, too...'ve decided you want to paint a room. You've chosen your color, you've gotten all of your supplies (brush, roller, paint, painter's tape, etc.). You're set to you pour some paint into your tray and you paint, right? Wrong.

I've found that if I don't take the time to do some pre-paint prep work, then things just never look right.

So here's what you...oops! I mean I do...

Now, the fun part starts...

Now it's time to bring on the paint!

Notice in the above directions that I recommend you remove your painter's tape after about an hour. I have found that if I let the paint dry completely and then try to remove the tape, there is a MUCH greater tendency for the tape to pull up some of my painted wall...yeah. Not good. I try to pull up the tape after the paint has dried a little...not completely.

Almost done...

Now here's a little side note...I rarely prime my walls. Unless the color I want to put on the walls is drastically different from the one that's already up. I just buy paint with primer already in it and two coats of that is usually sufficient.

Woo hoo! Now just the final steps...

And finally...

So, there you have it. That's how I paint a room. This is the way that works best for about you? Have any great painting pointers you'd like to share? I'd love to hear 'em!

OH! And I'll be revealing the results of all of my painting in the next few days! Yay!


  1. Love the press and seal tip! I'll be using that for sure :)

  2. I agree with not applying tape over freshly painted areas.....I've made that mistake a few times. Can't wait to see what you painted!

  3. That is pretty much how my husband and I do it as well, but we just use regular blue painter's tape and have never really had a problem with it. I kind of hate painting because there are so many steps in order to do it right!

  4. I love the Press n Seal tip too! I usually just buy cheap pans, then they get wobbly and bendy when I move them around the room, and I'm always afraid I'm going to spill (not that I ever have ;) - LOL)

  5. I was going to post a post about painting a room ... and then worried it would be my "jump the shark" moment!

    Not that I'm suggesting you jumped the shark because you wrote this up; you just did a much better job than I and now I don't have to. I can just link to you ...




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