If you are thinking about how to paint a bedroom, then this story is for you. Here’s a step-by-step guide to painting a bedroom—or any room in your house.
Painting a bedroom can breathe new life into your personal space. It’s amazing how a new coat of paint can create a fresh and revitalized atmosphere in your home or apartment.
Painting is not difficult. But to get a professional look, you need to remember a few keys things. The job begins with careful preparation. Then actually brushing or rolling the paint on the walls. And it ends with careful clean-up.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to paint a bedroom. You can buy brushes, paint rollers, and other supplies at Amazon.com.
How to Paint a Bedroom: Preparation
- Empty the Room: Take everything off the walls. Remove as much furniture as possible from the room. This makes it easier to move around the room. Sometimes it’s not possible to completely empty the room. If so, move the remaining items to the middle of the room and cover them with a drop cloth.
- Prepare Your Walls: Use a scraper or putty knife to remove any loose or flaking paint. Fill any cracks or holes with a suitable filler, then sand it smooth once it’s dry. Don’t forget to clean the walls with a mild detergent solution to remove dust, dirt, and grease. TSP is a great product for cleaning walls before painting. Then, let the walls dry completely.
- Tape, Tape, and More Tape: Whether you paint a bedroom or another room in your house, you are going to need painter’s tape (also called masking tape). Apply painter’s tape around window frames and door frames. Tape along the ceiling edge, baseboards, and any other areas you don’t want to paint. Painter’s tape ensures a sharp, clean edge for the new paint. It also protects areas from accidental brush strokes.
- Prime Your Walls: If you’re painting over a dark color, you may need to prime the walls. A paint primer can help to block the old color and prevent it from showing through the new paint. It also helps the new paint to better adhere to the walls.
Let the Painting Begin!
- Choose Your Paint: Consider the type of paint you need. For bedrooms, a flat, eggshell, or satin finish is typically used. (DO NOT use a semi-gloss or high gloss paint for interior walls.) Choose a color that complements your decor and suits your personal taste. Go to a paint store or home center and check out the paint swatches to select your color. Some stores will sell a small “sample size” of specific paint colors. Apply a small amount of paint on a wall so you can see what the paint color actually looks like.
- Start with the Edges: OK, now it’s actually time to paint a bedroom. It’s best to start with the edges. This is known as “cutting in.” This process involves painting around the taped-off areas with a brush. Cutting in gives you a cleaner finish than using a roller up against the edges.
- Use a Roller for Large Areas: Now it’s time for the fun part. Painting with a roller is the way to get paint on a wall FAST. Just pour some paint into the paint tray. Then dip your roller into the paint tray and roll it back and forth to get an even coat of paint. Use a ‘W’ or ‘M’ motion to apply the paint to the wall, which helps distribute the paint evenly.
- Let it Dry and Apply Second Coat: Allow the paint to dry for the time recommended on the paint can. Most rooms need at least two coats of paint. So, after the first layer is dry, apply the second one for a uniform and professional look.
How to Paint a Bedroom: Professional Tips
- Stir your paint properly before using it. It helps mix the color pigments evenly.
- Instead of dipping the brush directly into the paint can, use a painting pot, which is smaller and lighter.
- Don’t overload your brush or roller with paint. It can cause drips and a messy finish.
- Invest in a high-quality brush and roller. They can help achieve a smoother finish.
- Remove the Painter’s Tape: Carefully pull off the painter’s tape while the paint is still slightly wet to prevent it from peeling off any paint.
- Clean Your Brushes: Use water for latex-based paints and mineral spirits for oil-based paints. After cleaning, reshape the brush and hang it to dry.
- Dispose of Paint Cans Properly: If you have leftover paint, seal the can tightly and store it for touch-ups. With a permanent marker, write a note on the top of the paint can to identify where you painted. (For example, Master Bedroom, Guest Room, Family Room, etc. If you’re disposing of empty cans, please follow your local regulations for paint disposal.
- Return Furniture: Once everything is dry, move your furniture to its original place. Re-hang the artwork on the walls.
How to paint a bedroom is quite easy, right? All you need is the proper preparation, tools, paint, and patience. Painting is a fast and effective way to transform your bedroom (or any room) into a professionally painted haven.
The satisfaction of doing it yourself is an added bonus. Happy painting!