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How to paint a room is a post I have been wanting to write for a while now. Why? Because when you start to feel like you have taken on a part-time job painting you want to share your newly found skills with the world. Would you believe me if I said I spent a month straight painting the interiors of this house? Okay, maybe one entire month, might be an exaggeration, but painting 3-4 hours a day 3-4 days a week for an entire month wouldn’t be. That’s what it takes when you have room after room and you are doing it all by yourself. It may take a bit more time, but you’ll save a lot of money in the long run by doing it yourself.

All the basics you need to know about painting a room.

If you read our previous post, you know that before we started painting, we spent a good week or so stripping wallpaper off of every room in the mid 1970’s fixer upper. Once the wallpaper was down, it was time to paint. Let’s skip to the good stuff and learn about How To Paint a Room. We’ll walk you through all you need to know from the prep stage all the way to the freshly painted room. If you are still trying to pick the best paint see our article here.

All the supplies you’ll need to paint a room

Prep Supplies

Drop cloths


Painters Tape

Paint Scraper Tool

Sanding Block

Cleaning Supplies to Clean the Walls



Painting Supplies


Paint Brushes

Paint Rollers

Roller Frame

Paint Trays

Extension Pole

Eye protection


The Prep Stage

Honestly, this is my least favorite stage. Mostly because it takes longer than painting. Nevertheless it is just as important. Unless you want paint splotches all over your floors and on your trim, windows, hardware, etc. you cannot skip this step.

Take your painters tape and tape down any surface or area you DO NOT want painted. If you have a large area (like a window for example) that you don’t want painted and you think you don’t trust your painters hand yet, you might want to tape off the window with some newspaper.

If there is any area that you need to paint where the previous painted surface is rough, or the old paint is chipping you’ll need to break out the paint scraper and sandpaper and get the old paint off and sand it down until it’s smooth.

Don’t forget to clean the walls! This is an easy one for me to overlook especially when my impatient eyes can’t wait to see what the new paint color will look like in a room. I have learned the hard way before that if you don’t wash the walls, your new paint job will start to peel and come off with a few weeks. Not fun, and not at all what you want. I learned a great tip from a friend to use a swiffer wet pad and use it to clean the walls. It’s fast and efficient with it’s long handle you can easily get to the tall wall and ceiling spaces.

Last but not least is to set down the drop cloth under every wall and part of the ceiling you will be painting on.

How to Paint a Room

The prep work is done, now we get to dive in and paint.

Step One

Take your paint brush and use it to go into the corners and along the baseboards and along the ceiling and paint about 6 inches out. For example paint about 6 inches up from the baseboards, or 6 inches both left and right out of each corner.

Step Two

Once you have filled in all the corners and edges, you are ready to roll, quite literally! Pour some paint into your tray, put the roller on the handle and soak up the paint on the roller while evenly distributing the paint.

Step Three

Roll it on the wall evenly. Apply an equal amount of pressure as you roll on vertical lines and cover the entire wall.

Step Four

Depending on what look you want and what paint and color you use, there is a good chance it will need at least a second coat, possibly two-three more coats. Repeat steps one through three for your second coat.

Step Five

When you have achieved the look and color that you want, it’s time to pull the tape off (carefully) and admire the new look in your room.


Our tips for painting your house 101 are fairly straightforward and simple. It takes a little bit of time, but having a freshly painted room is worth every effort. Let us know about the rooms that you have painted.

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