Interior painting can change so much about your home's beauty.
Whether you are painting the ceilings, painting the walls, painting the woodwork or all of them they each have an impact.
No matter what surface you are going to paint inside your home it all comes down to preparation. Preparation for interior painting is the most tedious portion but gets you the most beautiful results.
1- First step
First step when interior painting any room is to move everything out of he way. You don’t necessarily have to empty the room but you need to have access to all the areas being painted.
If you are only painting the walls you can just move your things to the middle of the room for painting.
If you are painting the ceiling as well then you need more space to access it along with the walls.
2- Masking Time
Once everything is out of the way you need to cover all surfaces not being painted.
That means drop clothes on the floors or rosin paper to protect them. Plastic sheeting on all belongings and mask any items that don’t come off before painting.
3- Patching Time
After you have masked it is time to prepare the walls for paint.
You will need a high quality acrylic patching compound and metal spreading knives.
Working your way around he room patch each ding and dent, patch cracks and patch any defects.
Once the patching compound is dry it will need to be sanded smooth.
Follow these same steps on the ceiling and baseboards, window casings and door frames to get ready for interior painting.
4- Getting Closer
5- Start with the Ceiling
For interior painting, if you are painting the ceiling and woodwork and the walls you should start at the top and paint the ceiling first.
You will need a high quality acrylic flat white like Benjamin Moore Regal Select Flat Paint.
Start painting the ceiling by doing what is known as cutting in. This is done with a brush and you apply paint around the perimeter of the room and adjacent to any lights or possibly smoke alarm or other item.
After the edge is cut in you will need a paint tray with a paint roller and extension pole to roll the paint onto the ceiling.
Allow the paint to dry and repeat the cut in and rolling process a second coat.
Each coat should be rolled in opposite directions to be sure you get complete coverage without misses.
6- Paint the Woodwork
Once the ceiling is painted it is time to start painting the woodwork in the room.
It is best to use a high quality dime gloss paint like Benjamin Moore Regal Select Semi-Gloss paint.
When painting the woodwork you should always start at the top and work your way down.
That means if you have crown molding you should paint that first.
After painting the crown molding you can paint any windows in the room. Windows are painted from the inside out. That means you should paint the window sash then the window jamb and finally the window casing and stool.
Next woodwork to be painted in the room should be the doors. When painting a raised panel door you should start with the panels then the rails and finally the stiles and door frame being careful not to get paint on the doorknob or the hinges.
7- Almost Done!
You are almost done.
It’s time to paint the walls now.
Same as the woodwork you should start from the top down.
As with the ceiling painting you will need to apply paint to the edge of the wall where it meets the ceiling also called cutting in.
The best results are achieved with a high quality eggshell paint like Benjamin Moore Regal Select eggshell paint.
Keep a steady hand and make as straight a line as possible.
Next you will need to cut in with paint around any windows and door casings and also anything attached to the wall like a thermostat.
Lastly you will need to cut in at the baseboards and inside corners of the walls.
After cutting in the paint it is time to roll your first coat of paint onto the walls and allow to dry.
Once dry you’ll need to cut in again and roll the final coat of wall paint.
8- Quality Check!
Now that everything is painted it’s time to do a quality check of all the surfaces painted.
Does the ceiling have an even appearance and uniform coverage of the paint?
Is all the woodwork looking great?
And do the walls look smooth, even and uniformly painted?
If not, you can touch up any areas before putting all your interior paints away.
All you have left is cleanup and putting all your furniture back where it belongs.
Interior painting takes more time and preparation than most people think.
When you put in the extra effort to prepare correctly and use premium paints you will make any space beautiful.