The Ultimate Step-by-step Guide For Painting A Room


by Houston Texas Painters - May 31, 2021

The Ultimate Step-by-step Guide For Painting A Room

From turning a room cozier or making it feel bigger, color can drastically improve a room’s appearance and ambiance. If you want to give a fresh look to your living room, kitchen, or any other area of your home, why not paint it? Adding a coat of paint is one of the most affordable ways to remodel a room. However, it’s not as easy as it looks. For this reason, we wrote a guide for you! Check out this step-by-step interior painting guide!

Make a plan

Before starting to paint, you need to have the tools and paint ready. However, even before getting the supplies, you need to have a clear goal and plan. Do you want to paint the whole room, including the ceiling? Do you need a gallon of paint or two? Which techniques will you use? Without a clear plan, many things could go wrong while painting—like running out of paint! 

Plan your approach

First, calculate how much paint you need. It may vary depending on the square foot of the room but also on the wall materials. For example, if you are just refreshing the room with a new coat of paint, you’ll need far less paint. The materials and tools you need also depend on the technique you’ll be using. Check out some examples of DIY painting techniques—one of them might be perfect for your room!

Get the tools ready

The right tool can make the difference between an “alright” paint job and an outstanding outcome when painting. However, if you don’t have a paintbrush and roller ready, you’ll likely have to invest before starting working. Many people prefer to hire a painting contractor to avoid investing in tools. For a regular painting job, these are essential tools and equipment you’ll need:

  • Small brush
  • Paint roller, maybe an extension pole.
  • Paint tray
  • Tape
  • Drop cloths
  • Putty knife and filling product
  • Ladder

Choose the paint color

The next step for a perfect painting job plan is choosing a color. Consider the purpose of the room before deciding. For example, a dark color hue can turn a roam cozier, while a light color can make it feel bigger. Check out these tips for choosing the perfect interior paint color!

Don’t forget about the paint finish!

Color isn’t the only thing worth considering when choosing paint. There are many types of paint: latex paint, acrylic paint, and oil-based paint. The one you choose depends on the color, but also on the finish you want. Most paint finishes can be classified as matte (or flat) or glossy. Choosing a finish is essential because it can hide or highlight surface imperfections and significantly modify how light reflects. We tell you how to choose the right for your room here!

Prepare the room

Painting a room can take several hours, and it might be tempting to jump right into the action and finish faster. However, without protecting your furnishings and preparing the walls, you could end up with damaged furniture and a low-quality paint job. You can check here a detailed step-by-step room preparation guide. However, these are the essential steps:

  1. Get the tools and supplies in a convenient spot inside the room.
  2. Take the furniture out of the room.
  3. Clean the wall. Dirt and grease stains can ruin a smooth finish!
  4. Fill up cracks and nail holes using a putty knife and a filling product. 
  5. Scrap or sand old painting jobs if needed. If your home is old enough to have lead-based paint, check out and follow the EPA guidelines.
  6. Use drop cloths and painter’s tape to protect furnishings—tape the trim, electric outlets, switches, window frames, and baseboards.
  7. Apply the primer if your wall needs it.

Now it’s time to paint!

When the coat of prime is dry, you can begin painting. It’s important to tackle one wall at a time and finish it before moving on to the next. Although a roller is a faster and more effective tool, you’ll need a paintbrush to “cut in” the corners and paint near the trim. After that, use your paint roller to apply the paint to the remaining areas of the wall. Also, remember that the excess paint can turn into ugly paint drips.

Timing is essential to achieve a smooth finish. Sometimes, you’ll have to wait until the paint is dry to move on to the next step. However, when adding the first coat of paint, you need to act fast to avoid rolling or brushing over already dry paint. The type of paint or even the weather can affect how quickly the paint dries. For example, if you are painting the room on one of the humid days of Houston, it might take longer to dry completely. Now it’s time to start your project. You can do it! However, if you need an experienced hand for your painting job, Houston Texas Painters can help you! Ask for a completely free quote on our website.