What Should You Paint First in a Room?

To save money during a remodel, a lot of us try to paint a room ourselves. But it never quite turns out like a professional paint job would. So, why is that? Well, professionals know exactly what they’re doing – all the way down to knowing the order in which a room should be painted. Whether you’re doing interior room painting or exterior house painting, there are tricks involved to get the best results possible.

Step 1

First things first, tape off your edges. Be sure to get painter’s tape to seal off the edges of doors, outlets and baseboards. This will help reduce the amount of ‘clean up’ you’ll need after painting.

Step 2

After you’ve taped everything off, start your painting process from the top to bottom. If you’re doing interior painting, you’ll want to start with your ceiling first and work your way down from there. If you’re painting the exterior of your home, you’ll want to follow this same pattern and go from the top of the wall or door and work your way down.

Step 3

Once you’ve started the process from the top to the bottom, start covering the large areas. Painting large areas is usually done so in a rushed way, and rushing leads to paint splatters and messes that will need to be ‘cleaned up’ with a smaller paint brush afterwards. So by painting your larger spots first, you’ll save time cleaning it up afterwards.

Step 4

When everything has its final coat of paint (whether you’ve chosen to do two or three coats), start painting the trim with a smaller paint brush. Doing this will help with that clean up we mentioned before. It will make your trim and edging look smooth and clean.

DIY painting doesn’t always turn out the way you’re expecting it to, so follow these tips for the best results. If you decide the task is too big to take on, give Texas Professional Painting a call.

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