Kim here from the Handy Woman D I Y! Don’t roll over when it comes to updating the look of your room. Painting is one of the most rewarding things you can do to your home. On this episode, we slice into the process of proper painting!
Painting your walls can instantly change the mood of your house, it is also one of the easiest and most affordable things you can do to dramatically change the look of any room you want.
When it comes to painting there are only two things that you need to know; proper rolling techniques and how to cut in to form seamless edges.
After you remove all the coverings from the light switches and sockets, you always want to start with the edges of the wall to make rolling the paint easier.
Since we are working with latex paint, you’ll need a 2.5” angled latex brush.
Dip the brush about a 1/4” into the paint, and remove the paint from the side of the brush that is going against the wall or trim.
Now, let’s put some paint on the wall!
The first stroke should be about 1 or 2 inches away from the edge.
The trick is to use long strokes to reduce the number of brush marks.
The second pass is a time for having a steady hand and being relaxed.
Put a little bit of pressure on the brush and slowly run it along the edge.
It’s not a race, just aim to make a clean smooth line.
If you do paint over the edge, the fix is to simply wait for the paint to dry, and repaint it with the desired colour.
If you don’t have a steady hand, or want the added protection, you can tape all of the edges with painter’s tape.
Just place the tape on the edge against the wall and cut into it like normal.
Then once the paint has dried, gently run a razor blade between the edge of the tape and the wall to ensure a sharp edge.
Repeat this process with the ceiling, door frames and corners and then you are ready to finish the wall.
For the rest of the wall you will need a roller cage, a painting tray, a painting poll and a roller sleeve with a 1/2” nap.
It’s a good idea to invest in a good sleeve because the cheap ones will create twice the work and give you a less than ideal finish.
Assemble your roller and fill the well of your tray with your desired colour.
You want to push your roller into the well to ensure that paint gets deep inside.
Roll it off in the tray a few times so that you don’t make a mess.
Place your fully loaded roller midway down the wall about three strokes back from where you want to end.
Using big swooping strokes, move across the entire wall making sure that you overlap your previous work.
If you move the roller too fast it will splatter all over the place.
Though it’s tempting to cut in all the walls at once it’s important to finish one wall at a time.
After all the walls are done, be sure to clean your brushes so they will be ready for the next time.
When the paint is dry you will want to make the rest of your house look amazing! Just watch out for your family and friends who will ask you to “help” paint their homes.