How to paint a room in navy blue

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How to paint a room in navy blue
A paint roller allows full wall coverage when painting. (paint roller image by Wayne Abraham from Fotolia.com)

Navy blue paint adds a rich hue to the walls of a dining, living or boy's bedroom. The dark colour adds a challenge, however, for the do-it-yourself homeowner who is painting a room in navy blue by himself. The walls must be meticulously prepared to prevent any imperfections to show through the navy blue colour. This classic blue colour is complemented by white, brown or red-toned wood trim and flooring.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Paint primer
  • Spackle
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Painter's tape
  • 2 1/2 inch angled paint brush
  • Paint roller

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Choose a navy blue paint that has primer in it. Flat paint that is hand-washable is also a good choice.

  2. 2

    Wash the walls and allow them to dry. Fill in any holes and dents with spackling compound according to product directions. Use a fine sandpaper to smooth rough surfaces after the spackle paste is fully dry.

  3. 3

    Cover the edges of trim, mouldings and window casings around the room with painter's tape. This is time consuming, but will save a great deal of clean-up work after the room is painted.

  4. 4

    Paint around the trim, moulding, window casings and ceiling with an angled paintbrush. This allows you to get close to the edges by "cutting in" the paint by hand.

  5. 5

    Paint one coat of navy blue paint on the larger wall portions with a paint roller using a zigzag pattern. Make a "W" from top to bottom, and left to right, with the roller in a 3- to- 4-foot section of the wall. Fill the area in with horizontal, then vertical, swipes of the roller. Allow the paint to dry for a few hours. If it feels tacky or slightly sticky to the touch, it needs to dry longer.

  6. 6

    Paint a second coat of navy blue paint to the walls of the room to ensure it has complete coverage. Remove the painter's tape slowly from each wall before the last coat of paint dries thoroughly.

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