Best Way To Paint A Room And Where To Start

How to paint a room and where to start?

If you are thinking about updating your home it is got to know know how to paint a room and where to start. A good strategy is to start at the top and work your way to the bottom, ceiling to floor. But in some cases a different approach might be better, here is why…

Painting Ceiling, Walls And Trim

I always start by painting the window trim first in this scenario.

Then I will mask the trim off where it meets the wall with some tape (after it dried for 2 hours)

That will give me a nice sharp line between trim and wall.

Yellow Frog Tape works best for freshly painted trim.

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yellow frog tape

Lastly, I will paint all of the bottom baseboards around the floor.

Again, you don’t have to worry about any paint getting on the wall because the walls are being painted.

Next, I will paint the walls. 

I always suggest you do 2 coats whenever you paint your walls.

The reason being is that you will not achieve the desired finish unless you do two coats. 

Your Sheen will not be accurate and it is more likely that you will see roller marks because of uneven application. 

 If you are comfortable cutting-in without having to mask the trim, go ahead and do so. 

I suggest using a 9-inch x 3/8 in. roller sleeve.

For the best possible finish I like using these.

.I would still suggest running tape along with the bottom baseboard trim around the floor using yellow frog tape

The reason I suggest yellow frog tape is because it is meant for delicate surfaces Last night to medium adhesion. 

Those attributes make it so that you will be able to use it on your trim after it dried for at least 2 hours

Without damaging the fresh paint after you pull the tape. 

If you use regular blue or white masking tape, chances are you will peel the paint off your trim.

Tip: To avoid any lint in your finish make sure you de-lint your roller sleeve with some masking tape and a damp rag.

As I demonstrate here.


Painting Ceilings And Walls Only

In this case, I would suggest always start with your ceilings first. Apply your two coats, considering you don’t have to Prime first. 

Priming ceilings is usually not necessary unless you have some water stains from a leak or some smoke damage from candles, a fireplace, or a furnace for example. 

In this case, you will have to use a shellac-based or oil-based primer such as kills for instance.

I like using a 4-inch mini roller to paint the edges first. 

In most cases, I use a half-inch microfiber nap. 

I like using the ones that have the microfiber at the end, that way I can get right into the corner without a problem. 

Depending on how comfortable you are cutting-in I would suggest you put tape on the trim around your windows, or not. 

Personally, I like masking them because realistically you won’t get a straighter line cutting in freehand. 

Since in this scenario you didn’t paint the trim, you can just use regular blue/medium adhesion masking tape.

Painting Ceilings Only

If you are only painting the ceiling I suggest you tape your edges using the green frog tape. 

If you don’t have a perfect ceiling and your Corners are uneven, you can use the green frog tape to accommodate and make your own straight line. 

I prefer using the 2-inch tape because it makes it easier to cut-in your corners without having to worry about getting ceiling paint on the wall. 

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After running the green frog tape along your wall, use a damp rag to wipe over it. 

This will help activate adhesive and swell the tape a bit. 

Doing so will prevent the ceiling paint from bleeding onto the wall underneath the tape. 

After you paint your ceilings use caution when pulling off your tape.

Don’t go too fast. 

Pay attention to what’s happening. 

Just in case any paint starts peeling with your tape you can control the damage. 

Usually, this will not happen when you are using flat ceiling paint.

But if you are using an eggshell, semi-gloss or any higher Sheen it might happen that the paint will dry on top of your pain and peel when you pull it off. 

If in any case, you do use a higher Sheen then flat to paint your ceilings I would suggest you either pull off your tape while the paint is still wet or use a razor knife/utility knife to cut along the edge of the tape before you peel it.

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Painting Walls Only

If you don’t feel comfortable enough with your cut-in skills then tape off the edge of your ceiling with frog tape or any medium adhesive tape. 

This is so that you will not get any paint on it while painting your walls. 

Unless you have to prime your ceilings because of water stains or smoke damage, paint your ceiling with two coats of whatever paint you choose.

In most cases it is a flat white ceiling paint

Mask off your trim and baseboards to event paint from getting on them. 

Always apply 2 coats whenever you are painting your walls. 

And always spot Prime any spackled areas before you paint

After you paint your walls be careful when pulling off your tape. 

Any paint sheen higher than flat will dry on your tape and is likely to peel off with your tape unless you use a razor knife/Utility knife and cut along your tape. 

You don’t necessarily have to do this but make sure you are aware and go slow when you are pulling off your tape.

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