Painting a room involves taping off the wall areas, using a thick roller to apply the paint in large areas and using a high-quality brush to paint in corners and around edges. Paint a room efficiently, laying out painter's plastic to protect the floors and furniture, with advice from a licensed remodeling contractor in this free video on home maintenance.
I'm Tim Gipson and I'm going to talk to you about how to paint a room. Now there are some things you are going to need in order to paint properly. You are going to need a good paint brush to cut in around your corners you are going to need a paint tray and a roller. Now I recommend on most of your interior walls to use a 3/8 inch nap roller, that is pretty good and the rule of thumb on rollers is the more rough the surface is then the thicker your nap. So if you have a really smooth finish on your wall then you could use 1/4 inch nap. If you are painting something really rough such as concrete or masonary block then you would need a thick roller but for most interior walls 3/8 inch nap will work just fine. So the first thing that we want to do is we want to get set up to paint. One thing you will need to tape off all the edges such as your baseboard, around your countertops and then you will also want to put some painter's plastic down. Now one thing you can get to make it easier is you can use this paint masking and what it allows you to do is it has the masking tape already attached to the plastic and then you can put your plastic down and I have just put a small section here but as you can see I can pull this out and it will actually cover this countertop or I could put it along the baseboards and it will actually cover the floor and protect the floor from the paint. So the first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to take my brush and I'm going to cut in right next to the counter here and I'm going to bring this down so it is at least about 2 to 2 and 1/2 inches up the wall from the base cabinet, from this back splash. Then I will also want to cut in the corners and again come out about 2 to 2 and 1/2 inches from the edge of the corner. What that allows me to do is now when I am ready to roll the roller can get down right to about 2 inches from an object so I can get about an inch and a half away from the corner of a wall or I can get about an inch and a half away from the ceiling so the main part and when we are rolling we want to use nice smooth strokes and when we are applying the paint we want to put it on in a criss cross motion and then we want to smooth it by overlapping and we want to make sure that we don't leave any thick streaks in the paint. We want to make sure that when we are rolling it on it is nice and smooth so if you will follow those procedures you can easily get a good finish just like we have already accomplished in this room here. So I'm Tim Gipson and that's how to paint an interior room.
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