How to Paint a Room


Painting a Room

Make It Easy

When was the last time you updated the look of your living room? Does the bedroom décor make you yawn?

Maybe the family room looks like it hasn't been changed since they were called dens. If you have a room that needs a freshening -- not a complete remodel -- you're in luck. These days it can be fast, easy and fairly inexpensive to add decorator touches, without hiring an army of professionals.

Let us help teach you how to paint a room.

We have simple yet detailed, step-by-step room-painting instructions below for the DIYer in you.

First, think about how you use the room now, and how you'd like to use it. Do you want to move in a desk and computer to make a small office space in the master bedroom or family room? Maybe you'd like a more formal feel in the dining room to create an elegant backdrop for large family gatherings.

Is the living room a small space that no one spends time in? With the right objects and treatments, you can begin to refocus each room to work for the needs of your family and your personal style.

Many homes are plagued by boring-wall syndrome: Large expanses of plain, white walls with no color or textural interest.

Using simple faux-finishing tools and techniques, homeowners can create a look that adds punch without draining their wallets. Replicate the historical look of plaster with a colorwash treatment. This popular technique creates a mottled, aged appearance.

Simply select two complementary colors, apply a basecoat of the lighter color and use the pad to apply the darker color in wide, arching strokes.

Tools & Materials

Like any project, you will need the right tools and supplies to do the job right the first time. Because the sooner you finish the sooner you can get on with well, anything you want.



  • Quality paint
  • Rags
  • Drop cloth
  • Ladder
  • Masking tape
  • Screw driver
  • Touch-up brush
Step by Step

There are some questions and steps required before you start painting. Here you can find some tips and preparations for your project.

Step 1 - Calculation

How much paint do you need? Use a Paint Calculator to find out.



Step 2 - Preparing the room

Prepare the surface by removing all the items, lights fixtures, outlet covers that are attached to the wall. Repair any cracks, holes or dents.

You do not want you furniture to get painted too, so it is a good idea to keep it out of the room you want to paint in.

Step 3 - Moving the furniture

Remove all the furniture from the room to avoid paint getting dripped or spilled or move all the furniture to the center of the room and cover all of it with a drop cloth. By removing all the furniture, you'll give yourself more working area for your ladder, brushes and paint.

Now that room and wall are prepared, you can start to paint the wall.

Step 1 - Choosing the right paint

Select a high quality paint that will go on surface smooth and will have a lasting finish. Select a no VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paint, so you can avoid breathing the harmful pollutants in the air. Paints with VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) can pollute the air, water, and soil.

Step 2 - Start with the edges

First start painting the edges and trim with a SMART Edge Roller for tape free edging.

Roller the walls with paint. Start in the same location where you paint the trim and work in the same direction.

Step 3 - How to paint your wall the most efficient way

Paint from top down. Beginning in the upper corner and working your way downward. Get even coverage. Avoid seams by overlapping a wet edge as you paint. Don't stop in the middle of the wall as you may leave mark or heavy spot of paint as the roller leaves the wall. Look to Wagner for a wide variety of rollers to make the job easier, faster and achieve professional results.

Products used for this DIY room painting project

SMART Mini Roller

The SMART Mini Roller from Wagner is the ideal solution for painting hard to reach and tight spaces.