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  • How To: Successfully Paint a Wall

    Painting a room is the fastest way to make your new house feel like your own. Follow these easy seven steps and you’ll be a painting pro in no time:

    1. Clean the walls: using a large cellulose sponge and a solution of water mixed with a few drops of mild dishwashing liquid, clean your walls to remove any dust, dirt and grease.
    2. Tape the trim: use blue painter’s tape to protect any areas you don’t want your paint to get on, such as trim, molding, doorknobs, window frames and door frames.
    3. Pour primer into a tray: pour in enough so that it almost fills the well toward the bottom of the tray without covering the angled portion of the tray where the ridges are.
    4. Roll the primer onto the wall: dip your roller into the primer, rolling it back and forth across the tray’s ridges a few times to remove any excess and prevent drips. Make sure the roller gets evenly coated. Run the roller up and down a section of the wall, applying primer until the section is fully covered. Continue until your wall is fully covered.
    5. Paint the trim: Dip a two-inch angled brush into the paint, coating the bristles only about a third of the way down the brush. Run the brush along the outer edge of the tape that’s covering the trip. Keep applying paint flush against your taped trim, working it outward about two or three inches from the tape. Continue until you have finished painting a narrow swathe along all the taped areas.
    6. Roll on paint in a “w” shape: fill a paint tray with paint; dip your roller into it, removing excess. Roll the paint onto the wall in a 3-by-3-foot “w” shape. Working your way back across that “w”, without lifting the roller, fill in empty patches until that section of wall is fully covered. Continue, adding more paint to the roller as needed, until the whole wall is painted.
    7. Remove the painter’s tape: peel off the tape while the paint is still wet to avoid accidentally removing any dried paint along with it. 
    Mar 15 2013