The Tool Barn

Wall Painting

Wall painting is a pretty straightforward exercise.  As long as you are careful not to slop paint around and mask off all areas you do not want painted, it goes pretty fast.  One tip, while shopping make sure you pick up an extension pole for the paint roller.  It will save you from hauling around a ladder.

While we can not help you with the color you want to use, we can give you some pointers about what kind of paint to use.  For "normal" rooms, I prefer a flat latex paint.  If applied with a roller, it will help hide any flaws in the wall.  You can use oil if you like but it smells more and dries slowly.   For high-traffic areas and kitchens, I prefer a "satin" or "semi-gloss" paint as they seem to endure scrubbing and cleaning better.  Bathrooms are their own special case and require "bathroom" paint.  Bathrooms are not extensively covered in this project.  Click here for a short discussion on primers.  Trim is normally painted with a semi-gloss or gloss paint.

This Project article covers painting an interior room with a roller.

Painting the wall

Painting the wall

Level of Difficulty

Time Required:
 4 hours
Paint brush
Roller and tray
Drop cloth
Masking tape
Safety Precautions
Ensure that there is adequate ventilation.
Use respirator.

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