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A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to instantly change the look and feel of a room. Whether you're sprucing up a door or cabinet or creating an entirely new look in your kitchen, here are a few basic tricks
of the trade to make your job easier.
Preparation is half the battle. Remove as much furniture from the room as possible, including drapes, hardware and wall plates. Loosen light fixtures; let them hang and wrap in plastic bags. Check for rough, peeling or chipped areas. Repair any popped nails, drywall holes or cracked plaster and scrape off layers of old paint. You want a clean, smooth surface.
Clean the Walls!
Wash away old stains, dust, dirt and grease spots (that can ruin a smooth finish) with water, mild dishwashing detergent, and a cellulose sponge. Rinse with clean water to remove soap residue.
Tape the trim, windows and doorframes
Use painter's blue tape, and apply a week before painting.
IMPORTANT: Remove the tape immediately after painting, before the wall dries, so you don't peel off any paint!
Prime the Walls
It's a myth that painted walls don't need to be primed. Primer helps maximize the coverage and sheen of paint and gives a more uniform appearance. It's worth it.
Brush where you can't roll
With a two-inch brush, brush paint around the trim and in the corners of walls (at least two-three inches around doors, windows and mouldings) where your roller can't reach.
Use the "W" Technique
Starting in the corner of a wall, roll on a three-by-three-foot "W" pattern and fill it in without lifting the roller. Do this in sections until you're finished. Remember: one wall at a time.
Paint the Trim
Once the walls dry, tape where the trim and walls meet. Paint the moulding, door and window frames with a two-inch angled brush.
Benjamin Moore shares with us a few videos about how to paint a room.