Weekend Warrior – How to Paint

How to Paint

Painting walls is probably the most common remodeling, do-it-yourself task on the planet. Why wouldn’t it be? It’s relatively inexpensive and quick to complete, depending upon the size and requirements of the room.

Choosing to paint a room (or the entire house for that matter) yourself in lieu of hiring outside professionals can save a ton of money as well as create a real sense of pride and ownership.

Aside from the other benefits, painting a room can be downright fun. Before applying paint to anything, however, here are some things to consider:

  • Condition of the walls (some minor repairs/patches may be necessary)
  • Colors and styles of furniture going into the room
  • Desired sheen or finish of paint
  • How much paint necessary

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Drop cloth
  • Old clothes
  • Adequate amount of paint
  • Drip tray
  • Roller brush
  • 1.5″-2.5″ brush
  • Painter’s tape
  • Old Rags


  1. Cover the corners of door frames and window sills with the painter’s tape. Run the tape along the edges of floorboards and around everywhere else you don’t want painted. Lay down the drop cloth to protect flooring and other furniture from paint drippings.
  2. Pour some paint into the drip tray and roll the roller brush into the tray and begin painting the wall. Get as close as you can to the edges and the ceiling without touching them.
  3. Begin to paint the edges with the smaller brush while the major portions begin to dry. Allow the paint to dry completely (follow paint manufacturer’s instructions).
  4. Repeat the steps, applying a second coat.
  5. Allow the paint to dry completely before remove the painter’s tape.
  6. Move furniture back into the room, if necessary. Enjoy.