How to Properly
Paint a Wall

Getting Started

Painting a wall seems simple, but it can be confusing to some people on where to start. There are proper ways to prep a wall as well. You shouldn't go straight into applying paint on the walls until you inspect to see if they're ready. First thing you want to make sure you have is the proper equipment at the ready so you aren't stuck in a pickle when you thought you were ready to go!


What You Will Need:

-Damp rags
-Painters tape
-Paint rollers
-Trim Brush
-Roller pan Replacement trays 
-Roller pan 

#1 Prep

If you're painting a new wall with no previous paint, make sure you take sand paper to smooth any bumps. I recommend using a 100-150 grit for this. Keep in mind, the lower the grit the rougher the paper gets. If there are holes on your wall patch and sand them. Then wipe with a damp rag. Cover all the trim with painters tape, and cover the floor with a drop cloth. 


Spackling a wall 

#2 Primer

You typically don't need primer with a wall thats already been painted before. If your wall is darker, and you are trying to get it lighter it will just take a few coats and the color should cover. Painting the wall before with primer just to make it "white" will not  change the color of the paint. However, if you just put up drywall and there are no layers of paint yet you definitely want to purchase a primer to help the paint from peeling and adhering to the wall. Apply a thick coat of primer with a ½” nap roller on to the wall to help smooth the surface.


Primer being applied to Drywall

#3 Picking a Color

When picking a color, look at the swatch in different times of the day. Colors are misleading and look much different in your home than they might under the light at the store. If you like a certain color, consider getting that color in a shade lighter. Paint often looks darker once you apply it in a room especially with minimum light. I applied a white paint once to a room with darker light and it actually looks grey in the room.


#4 Begin Painting 

If you plan on painting your ceiling start with that. You always want to work from the top down so start with the ceiling, wall, then base trim. When you begin painting you want to make sure you trim off the room first. This means take your trim brush and go along the top of the baseboards, walls, and corner.  This is also called "cutting in". To begin rolling, don’t roll side to side, this can make you wall look streaky. Instead, roll up and down while applying the same amount of pressure. Wait an hour for the paint to dry before applying the second coat. Get a clean roller for the second coat, preferably one with a thinner nap and use less pressure than you did with the first coat. Once the paint is fully dry, remove the painters tape, and enjoy your new wall!