Do It Yourself: How To Paint Interior Walls Like a Pro

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Whether it’s because you want to save a bit of money or unleash your inner decorator, knowing how to paint walls is a skill that will likely come in useful at some point in your life. It might be more complicated than you think, but plenty of DIY enthusiasts manage to produce near professional results, with a bit of good advice and some practice. 

How to paint walls

If you want to know how to paint walls, you’ve come to the right place. Once you’ve decided on the colour and the type of paint you’re using, you can prepare and plan your project, to avoid making simple mistakes. Whether you have a little experience, or none at all, here are a few tips on how to paint walls to get the best results.

How to prep walls for painting

How to prep walls for painting

Preparation is key before you even think about how to paint walls. Knowing how to prep walls for painting will help produce a better quality finish when you come to add the paint. Here’s a simple checklist to get you started:

  • Repair any damage to the walls
  • Sand / smooth the surface
  • Clean the walls - sugar soap is good for this
  • Wait for the walls to dry before you start painting

Is using a roller a good idea?

Rollers produce a smooth, even finish. You will need to paint the edges and corners first, and then fill in the rest of the wall using the roller. Here are some tips, if you need a few pointers on how to paint a wall with a roller properly, before you begin 

  • Prepare the edges using painters tape
  • Use a paint edger to get an even line
  • Cut in with a brush - steady hand essential for this one!
  • Be careful not to overload your roller with too much paint, to avoid drips and uneven application
  • Apply the first coat and fill in any missed areas whilst the first coat is still wet.
  • Apply a 2nd coat (3rd if necessary), to get the colour and coverage you require.
  • Don’t roll too quickly, to avoid splatter.
  • Move the roller in a ‘W’ shape, and try to keep to areas of around 4ftx4ft, at a time.

Now you know how to prep walls for painting, and how to get the best finish, you can start planning your colour scheme and put your new found knowledge to the test. Make sure you have all the tools and equipment you need before you start, including rollers, trays, brushes, tape, and floor and furniture coverings. Not to mention something to clean up any little mishaps with! 

Everyone makes mistakes, so don’t be disheartened if you have to make adjustments.  Take your time, be patient and be prepared to learn as you go. Then, after all that hard work, you can sit back and admire the results. 

Quality Paints at TA Paints

At TA Paints, we pride ourselves on formulating, testing and manufacturing our quality paints in Britain. We supply a wide range of paints and are on hand to give you expert advice for your latest project. Get in touch today with your questions on how to paint interior walls.