× How to Paint a Room Frame 1: Clear the room of pictures, furniture, and other items that can get in your way.  Move heavy furniture to the center. Frame 2: Use painter's tape to protect the ceiling and trim pieces along the floor, and around doors and windows.  Lay a drop cloth to protect floor and furniture. Remove outlet and light switch face plates instead of trying to protect them with tape. Frame 3: Use a roller to paint the walls working from top to bottom so you can fix drips as you go along. Frame 4: Use a brush to get corners, edges, and areas close to outlets and light switches. Frame 5: Apply a second coat, and  immediately remove the tape.  Waiting for the paint to dry can result in peeling. Frame 6: Clean up by rinsing your brushes and rollers with warm water, then leave them out to dry. If you need to take a break mid-job, simply wrap your brushes in cellophane or a plastic bag.

| July 20, 2016

Last updated: October 15, 2018

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How to Paint a Room

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Painting can be one of the hardest and dullest of all household projects, which is why many people put it off. When done wrong, painting is time-consuming, frustrating, back-straining, messy work. When done right, it’s still all of those things, but to a lesser degree. As with any chore or project, careful preparation and patient execution are your friends. Take the time to do it right and you’ll avoid ending up with a splotchy mess of a room.

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Illustrated by Ted Slampyak