Before you grab that paint bush, you must complete several important tasks to prepare your room:
Priming the walls gives the topcoat something to grip. If your paint is a dark color, ask to have your primer tinted a similar color to reduce the number of coats of paint needed. Prime the ceiling first, then the walls. Wait for the primer to dry before applying your paint.
Once your primer is finished drying, use an angled brush to cut in the edges where you've taped. Take care not to use too much paint on the brush at one time; the taped edges can leak, and the paint can look bumpy. Use a roller brush to paint the rest of the ceiling and walls. Roll the brush in a W shape to distribute the paint evenly. Allow the walls to dry completely before you apply a second coat of paint.
Remove the painter's tape while the walls are still wet to minimize bleeding. Pull off the tape at a 90-degree angle for the cleanest edge. Allow the walls to dry, and then paint the woodwork, windows and doors.
Touch up any mistakes with a small brush. Allow all the paint to dry completely before replacing your hardware and outlet covers. Remove dropcloths, put your furniture back in place, and enjoy your gorgeous new room.
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