Painting Interior Rooms
The hardest part about painting a room is the prep work - patching holes, sanding and scraping, removing hardware, etc. Before you get out your paintbrushes, spend some quality time prepping the room. It is the secret to achieving professional results. Our tutorial on interior paint prep will walk you through the necessary steps.
Now you are ready to paint, right? Start by selecting the colors you want to paint the room as well as the surface type (gloss, semi-gloss, eggshell or flat). Generally ceilings are painted flat white. Walls are frequently painted eggshell or flat. However you might choose a semi-gloss for a kitchen or a child's room - it is usually easier to wipe off. Woodwork is usually painted with an oil-base semi-gloss, which tends to have better expansion and contraction properties. When you go to the store to get your paint, don't forget the primer. You will need to prime any new construction or patched areas.
If you are painting a room with all new materials (drywall and woodwork) you need to start with a coat of primer on everything. Follow the rolling and brushing techniques below to apply a coat of primer to the walls and woodwork. This will seal the surfaces and provide a more thorough coverage of the final coats of paint. If you are painting over a previously painted surface, you only need to prime patched or repaired areas, for example drywall patches or woodwork repairs.