REFRESH MADE EASY

Every room in your home makes a statement, some are quiet and reserved, others might be fun and playful, but they are all unique to you, creating a personalized oasis of colour, form and texture. These rooms and walls need care and it’s recommended that every few years a fresh coat of paint be applied to the walls. Painting a room is a relatively easy project that beginners and seasoned DIYers can do quickly. Whether you are painting a dining room, bedroom, or looking to give your basement rec-room a facelift, CPCA’s Eight Steps to a Beautiful Room is a great tutorial with reminders on the do’s and don’ts of painting a room.

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Tools You'll Need

Prepping

Bleach or TSP Cleaner
Disposable gloves
Microfiber cloth
Scrubby sponge
Putty knife
Drop Cloths

Priming

Primer
Paper and painter’s plastic
Painter’s tape
Fine Paint Brush
Sandpaper
Paint Bucket

Painting

Plastic Painter's Tarp
Mildew Resistant Paint
Angled Brush
Extension Pole
Sanding sponge
Small paintbrush
Tack Cloth

Clean Up

Broom or dusting cloths
Screwdriver and/or electric drill
Caulk and caulk gun
Mineral spirits
Vacuum

Tutorial Steps

This 8-step tutorial outlines all the steps that need to properly repaint your any room in your home.

Step 1: Planning

Start by thinking about how you want the finished project to look and remember that you’re not limited to four walls in the same colour. Consider painting an accent wall in a bold hue or highlighting mouldings in a contrasting shade or finish. And don’t forget to look up and see whether the ceiling could use a refresh as well.

Step 2: Choose your Colour

Browsing through fan decks and paint chips can be overwhelming. Start by figuring out the general colour characteristics: Do you want a warm or cool shade? A neutral or a saturated shade? If you have existing furniture or art, you’ll also want to consider how the shade will compliment them. Once you have a sense of what you’re looking for, pick a few shades and get samples. Test the shades to see how they look in the room at different times of the day.

Step 3: Clean the walls

Remove dust, dirt, and grease spots (which can ruin a smooth finish) with water, a little mild dishwashing detergent, and a cellulose sponge. Rinse walls with clean water to remove the soap residue.

Step 4: Tape the trim, window and doorframes

Be sure to use painter’s blue tape, which can be applied up to a week ahead. Remove tape immediately after painting, before the wall dries, so you don’t peel off any paint with it.

Step 5: Prime the walls

It’s a common myth that walls that have been painted many times don’t need to be primed. In fact, primer helps maximize the sheen and coverage of paint and gives the finish coat a more uniform appearance.

Step 6: Brush where you can’t roll

Brush on paint around trim and in the corners of walls, where your roller can’t reach, with a two-inch angled brush. Extend out two to three inches from windows, doors, and moldings.

Step 7: Use the “W” Technique

For efficiency, start in the corner of a wall and roll on a three-by-three-foot W pattern, then fill it in without lifting the roller. Continue in sections until you’re finished. Paint one wall at a time.

Step 8: Paint the trim

When the walls are completely dry, tape where the trim meets the wall. Paint the moldings and the door and window frames with a two-inch angled brush.

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