A freshly painted room has the potential to brighten your home, making it feel new and inviting. At BFS | Alliance Home & Pro Center, we have the experts and tools to empower homeowners to tackle DIY projects confidently, like a fresh coat of paint. DIY painting is a cost-effective, fun, and rewarding way to revitalize your space. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of painting a room like a pro, from planning and preparation to finishing touches and maintenance.

Planning Your Painting Project

planning a DIY painting project

Choosing the Right Paint

Before you jump into painting a room, understand the types and finishes of choosing paint:

  • Latex paint: popular for its ease of application and quick drying time, making it a go-to for most rooms. 
  • Oil-based paint: offers a durable finish perfect for high-traffic areas, like an entryway. 

Before choosing a color, consider the mood you want to set in your home and how light enters it. Light colors (like Pantone’s color of the year) make a space feel larger and more open, while darker shades add coziness and warmth. 

Then, decide on a finish:

  • Flat: for a matte look
  • Eggshell: for a slight sheen
  • Satin: for a soft glow
  • Gloss: for a shiny, durable surface

Gathering Your Supplies

Essential items for a DIY paint project include:

  • High-quality brushes (angled brushes for edges and corners)
  • Rollers (with the appropriate roller cover)
  • Painter’s tape (or masking tape)
  • Drop cloths to protect your floors and furniture

If you want to take it a step further, consider investing in a paint sprayer for quicker application or extension poles for those hard-to-reach areas. Quality materials mean a smoother application and better overall results.

Preparing the Room

Preparation is one of the most important steps to a successful paint job (besides the actual paint, of course). Clean the walls to remove dust and grime (we suggest Simple Green All Purpose Cleaner) which will help with better paint adhesion. Next, move furniture to the center of the room and cover it with drop cloths. Patch any holes or cracks with a putty knife and sand them smooth. Proper preparation will set you up for a professional finish and long-term success!

Preparing to Paint

taping with paint to prep for painting

Taping and Protecting Surfaces

Painter’s tape is a must for clean edges. Apply it along the edges of trim, windows, and door frames and secure it by pressing down firmly to prevent paint bleed. Protect your floors from damage by covering them with drop cloths to catch drips or splatters.

Priming the Walls

Primer creates an even surface, guaranteeing better coverage and adhesion. Use primer if you plan on painting over a dark color, new drywall, or stained surfaces. Apply it evenly with a roller and let it dry completely before painting. Adding primer into your process can make a substantial difference in the final appearance of your paint job.

Painting Techniques

painting along trim

Cutting In

Cutting in simply means painting the edges of the walls and around the trim before using a roller. This technique creates clean, professional lines. For better precision, use an angled brush. Start by dipping your brush into the paint and wiping off any excess. Paint along the edges in smooth, even strokes, blending into the unpainted areas.

Rolling Paint

Choose the right roller for your project:

  • Large rollers: for broad walls
  • Small rollers: for tight spaces

Load the roller with paint, rolling it back and forth in the tray to distribute it evenly. Apply the paint in a “W” or “M” pattern to cover a section, then fill in with horizontal strokes. Using this method will prevent streaks and help you get even coverage.

Finishing Up

mess to clean up from DIY painting

Touch-ups and Second Coats

After the first coat of paint dries, scan it for missed spots or uneven coverage and touch up these areas as needed. Most projects require a second coat for full coverage and a polished finish. Follow the same cutting-in and rolling techniques as you did with the first coat.

Cleaning Up

By properly cleaning up, you’ll ensure that your tools last longer and your home returns to normal as soon as possible. 

  • Latex paint: clean brushes and rollers with warm, soapy water
  • Oil-based paint: Clean brushes and rollers with the appropriate solvent (turpentine, paint thinner, and mineral spirits)

Dispose of paint cans and other materials according to the local regulations of Prescott Valley. Carefully remove the painter’s or masking tape to reveal crisp, clean lines.

Aftercare Tips

cleaning painted walls for aftercare

Caring for Your Newly Painted Walls

Maintaining your freshly painted walls is simple with the right care. Every once in a while, clean them with a soft, damp cloth to remove dust and dirt. For scratches or scuffs, touch up with leftover paint. Avoid using any harsh chemicals that can damage the paint.

When to Repaint

Due to higher traffic, areas like hallways and kitchens might need repainting or touchups more frequently. In general, rooms should typically be repainted every 5-7 years to keep them looking fresh and vibrant.

Stop by BFS | Alliance Home & Pro Center for Your Painting Needs

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Painting your room like a pro is an achievable DIY project with the right planning and techniques. Following this guide can help you accomplish a professional-quality finish in your home. For all your painting supplies and expert advice, visit BFS | Alliance Home & Pro Center.

Then don’t forget to share your completed projects with us on social media—we’d love to see your transformations!