How to Paint a Room - Page 3

  • Step 8 : Cut in the walls

    Cut in walls with paint

    Carefully cut in the walls around the woodwork, the ceiling and any unmasked trim or fixtures. You may want to use the step stool again to get close to your work. If you use a paint guide or an edger painting around trim, frequently clean the back of the edger so it doesn't get paint on the trim.

    To wipe off goofs, wrap and hold a rag tightly over the end of a putty knife. Draw it along the unpainted surface to wipe off the unwanted paint. The cloth-covered blade gets right up to the edge of the painted wall without touching it and smearing the paint.

  • Step 9 : Paint the walls

    Paint the walls

    Apply paint to the walls with a roller like you did on the ceiling. While you may be able to reach the entire surface with just the roller, use the extension handle because it help to maintain even pressure applying the paint. Start in an upper corner, then the area below it. Blend the top and bottom sections with light, floor-to-ceiling strokes before moving to the next area. As you complete each floor-to-ceiling area blend it with the adjacent one, and check carefully for drips, ridges or missed spots.

  • Step 10 : Clean up

    Clean paint roller and brushes

    When the project is complete, use a paint stirrer stick to scrape the excess paint out of the roller. Then clean your tools and applicators with warm, soapy water to remove the excess latex paint. Place a roller sleeve or brush onto a brush/roller spinner and spin out all excess liquid into an old trash can. Repeat cleaning and spinning until the liquid removed is paint-free. Blot a cleaned pad on an absorbent towel.

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