The Best Order to Paint a Room

The Best Order to Paint a Room

Did you know there’s a correct order for painting a room? Turns out you can’t just start wherever you want.

Professional painters have developed a pretty neat order for painting a room for the best results possible. Learn the best order when painting a room below.

Step 1: Ceilings

As a basic rule of thumb, going from top to bottom is the best way to paint a room. Starting with the ceiling allows you to get it out of the way without worrying about splattering paint on your walls.

Start the process by painting the edges of the ceiling first. Go to the paint store and buy an angled brush if you don’t have one yet because that will be the best tool for this.

Afterwards, you can use a roller to fill in the middle spaces. It’s best to do your rolling in the same direction to make it look as even and flat as possible.

Step 2: Walls and Trim

The next step is to paint the walls and trim. Now, this part is tricky.

Some people like to start with the walls and then tape off part of it before painting the trim. Others begin with the trim before taping it off and doing the walls.

If you start with the walls, you’ll worry about getting paint on the trim. If you start with the trim, there’s a risk you’ll drop paint on the wall.

There are risks to either, and that’s why it comes down to skill and preference in the end. 

Starting with the walls is easier and more efficient for inexperienced painters, so if you’re just doing a bit of DIY, we recommend this. 

If you want to paste wallpaper, you should take care not to use glossy enamel paint for your walls. 

Step 3: Window and Door Frames

After the walls are done, you can now move on to the window and door frames. The process of painting frames is just like when you painted the trim. 

If you have wooden doors, apply two coats of woodwork paint. Make sure all nail holes are filled.

For your windows, you also want to make sure the edges are properly caulked against the wall. It’s also important to make sure the rough edges are sanded before you start painting to ensure an even texture and layer.

A bit of tape will help you avoid mistakes and getting paint on the wall.

More Resources

You’re done! Time to sit back, let the paint dry, and furnish the room of your dreams. 

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