Today I’ll be this girl. Except I won’t be painting the walls red, and hopefully I’ll know what I’m doing. I volunteered to help my fiance out and paint the first coat in our ever-evolving basement while he’s at work, and since I’ve never painted before – I’m a little nervous!
To make sure I don’t mess things up for him, I did a little research this morning that I’m going to share, in case you ever find yourself in a similar situation. Although the tips are relatively simple and probably common knowledge for some, they can surely be helpful to the newbie painter. [Such as myself - I had no idea I should paint under the molding first!] So here they are, from Sleekhome.com:
Step-by-Step Instructions to Painting Your Walls
Step 1: If you are painting your ceilings as well as your walls, paint the ceiling first. Allow them to dry for at least 24 hours. If you are only painting the walls, go to Step 2.
Step 2: Using your painter’s tape, cover the edge of the ceiling to prevent splattering and protect the trim.
Step 3: Now cover the baseboards and whatever trim not being painted with tape.
Step 4: Paint a 2-inch strip with a small brush along the top of the wall–where the wall and ceiling join.
Step 5: Immediately paint over the cut-in with your roller to keep the paint from drying and leaving a line on the wall.
Step 6: Apply paint to the wall in square-sized sections. With an up and down and across motion, apply a generous coat of paint to the wall. This style will prevent lines when the paint dries.
Step 7: Once the first coat has dried apply another coat.
Repeat the above steps for all walls that need to be painted.
Have you painted before or will be in the near future??