Read These Tips Before You Start Painting

One of the easiest ways to completely revamp an old room is to repaint it!

It’s an affordable, simple way to achieve a new look without a huge commitment or an investment.

Whatever the colour may be, you can transform a room with a new coat of paint. It can make a room look bigger, add a refreshing warmth to it, create a muted backdrop to complement bold furniture, and the possibilities are endless. 

Here’s how to make sure you have all the right equipment, techniques, and paint so that your newly painted room comes out flawless.

Ensure you have all the proper equipment

Having the right equipment will make the process a lot more smooth (literally!) and you won’t have to worry about making a mistake because you’ll be prepared to face any challenges with all the tools you need on hand. 

Before painting, make sure you have rags, drop cloths, painter’s tape, sandpaper for any uneven areas, a putty knife and spackle in case you need to fill any holes in the wall. Be sure to use specialty painter’s tape rather than regular old masking tape–you don’t want to risk the colour bleeding through and ruining your work! 

Using the right size in brushes and paint rollers will set you up for success; high-quality brushes can go a long way to getting a smooth or textured finish, depending on how you apply it. Don’t know whether to use a paint roller or a brush? Here’s a quick guide to finding the best tools for your project based on the type of paint and the texture you are going for.

When choosing paint rollers and different nap lengths (the size of the roller cover), certain covers are tailored to specific jobs. For example, 3/16 and 1/4 inch nap lengths apply a perfect finish with gloss paints on smooth surfaces whereas a 3/8 inch rolls flat and semi-gloss paint onto walls and ceilings with ease. 

If you’re dealing with a textured surface, 1/2 and 3/4 inch nap lengths tackle tough surfaces such as concrete floors and textured walls, and 1 and 1-1/4 inch cover brick and stucco completely. 

If you’re using a brush, you’ll get the best results if you choose one with long, dense bristles. Nylon is better for latex paint (water-based), and natural for oil-based paint. 

For areas where you need optimal control like doors, window frames, or mouldings, it’s best to use a 2 inch angled sash brush; hold it like a pencil for better grip! If you’re outlining walls, ceilings, or generally dealing with a larger area, your best bet is a 3 inch trim brush; try to look for a bare wood handle and hold it in between your thumb and fingers in a relaxed grip. 

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Prepare the room

Before you start, make sure to clear up the entire painting area. 

Remove all paintings, artwork, curtains (if you can), and cover all furniture. You should also tape your drop sheet along the walls and floors to protect against accidental spills and splashes. 

Remove or cover all electrical outlets and lighting fixtures if you’re painting the ceiling, dust all cobwebs and clean the surface you’re painting. Take your time and do it the right way! 

Having a clean base and workspace will guarantee that there won’t be any odd lumps or unevenness with the final product. With the right preparation and organization, the whole process will be simple and painless!

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Repair and prime the wall

Before priming, inspect the walls for imperfections to make sure a long-lasting hold for the paint. Inspect and repair any cracks or holes with a spackling compound and a putty knife, scraping off the excess as you work. 

Once that’s done, use sandpaper with 150-200 grit until the surface is smooth and level with the wall. If excessively dirty, wash your walls with chemical cleaners like trisodium Phosphate, followed with clean water and a sponge. After it’s completely dry, apply primer and paint. 

Why use a primer? Primer and paint are different materials and serve different functions. The primer seals drywall and allows waterborne paint to evenly soak, avoiding blotches. 

A while ago, our founder Dilhani was trying to paint her home office a tomato red, but skipped priming the wall thinking it would save time and ended up with a streaky look even after 5 coats of paint! She then had to invest more time to re-paint properly to fix her mistakes.

A proper base is extremely important for a clean coat of paint! Skipping these steps can create a blotchy, streaky or blistered surface. If you’re not crazy about this step, many paint manufacturers these days offer paint options that create a thicker layer of paint on the wall than regular paint eliminating the need for primer. 

Although there is no primer in the mix in “self-priming paint”, it’s a good alternative when repainting a wall in the same colour, painting new, unfinished drywall, and most interior spaces that won’t go through UV rays, rain or snow. 


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Test, determine and care for the paint

If you want to make sure the colour is accurate, it’s crucial to test the paint on a portion of the wall you will be painting and see how the light in the room affects it. 

To avoid waste, cover the paint when you’re not using it to prevent drying it out and figure out how much is needed so you don’t overuse it–typically, one gallon of paint covers 350 square feet but may require more if you are painting drywall. 

Make sure to crack a window open for proper ventilation, shake and mix the paint so it’s evenly saturated, and paint from top to bottom for the best results!

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Choose the right sheen

Here’s a typical rule of thumb to follow when picking a paint sheen: the higher the sheen, the shinier and more durable it will be. On the downside, higher the sheen, you will see all of the imperfections on your wall making the prep steps an absolute necessity. 

Flat paint has no shine, high-gloss is all shine and eggshell, satin and semi-gloss are all in between. 

Here’s a simple guide to the different uses of each finish.


Now that you got these must-know tips before you start painting your home, you’re all set for success. If you found this useful, please feel free to share it. 

Written by Nabeeha Baig.

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