Best Order to Paint a Room

Best Order to Paint a Room

To some this might be obvious, but to someone never painting a room before painting a room might be intimidating when really it does not need to be. If you follow this simple order you will come out with a professional looking painted room. This method also gives you points to break at, when painting a room, you don’t need to do the room in one day if you do not have the time.

Once you have gathered all your tools that you need to paint, lay down a protective layer on your floor. This will help with accidental splatters or spills.

The suggested order to keep in mind is to work from top to bottom.

Start with the ceiling. Matte or flat paint for ceilings is best for most rooms. It has a velvety appearance and hides imperfection.  If you want to be creative and give your room a lot of style,  consider the ceiling as a fifth wall to decorate. If you have a tall ceiling consider a dark color, it can be very dramatic. In a dining room you could do a metallic look for a more formal feel. Use your imagination.ceiling

Next will be the walls.  If the room is used occasionally a flat finish is great but if you use it more frequently or is considered a “heavy traffic” room, an eggshell or satin paint is gorgeous on walls, it has good durability and can stand up to washing to remove marks and stains.

Use a brush to “draw” a line to edge the wall next to the ceiling. This will give you a clean line between the two. If you do not have a steady hand use painters tape on the ceiling. Also using a brush to get into the corners will make it easier to get continuous coverage there. Do one wall at a time rolling the paint to give you complete coverage.

Walls and Trim

If you are painting your trim, windows and doors these are last. A gloss or semi-gloss alkyd paint is good for this application because it will be very durable and give a rich look to the wood work. With painters tape, tape the walls next to the window trim and door trim. You can also tape the glass with painters tape on the windows for easier clean up. When painting raised panel doors paint the panels first then the flat surfaces.

Following this order helps keep splatters to a minimal and your work will look professional. You will find for the minimal cost of a can of paint and a few supplies you can transform the look of a room easily and quickly.

Additional reading to help you paint:

How to Paint a Room

Paint Basics |Terms What Do They All Mean?


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