There are a quick summary for how we are painting a room
- Step 1: You will want to paint the ceiling first. If not got to Step2.
- Step 2: Paint the jams and outside 1/4 inch edges, paint the baseboards if they will be matching the color of the jams.*
- Step 3: Prep out wood work.
- Step 4: Paint the walls.
- Step 5: Doors, if any. Here are a few tricks of the trade, to add a new coat of color quickly and easily. You can paint your doors at any time too.
First, we wash off any dirt or grim. While still hanging, patch any holes, cracks or dents on the doors. Prime any unpainted areas or marks such as crayons, etc. Check first if door was previously painted with an oil paint.
The easiest way to paint a door is to take it down and remove all the hardware. This will eliminate potential drips. Then we lay the door horizontally on saw horses. Using a sanding block or sheet of sandpaper, lightly sand the door. Look for blemishes or bumps that will need to be sanded down lightly. Sanding will also help the new paint to adhere to the door.
For brushing out a panel door we start at the top and work your way down. Brush in the direction of the wood grain. Allow up to one hour to dry, and then apply the 2nd coat. Allow at least 2 hours to dry before turning over the door to paint the other side. Best to let the one side of the door to dry over night before turning over for painting. Place saran wrap on your horses when turning the door over, thereby the door will rest on the saran wrap. This serves as a protection for the finished paint.
For a solid surface door, no panels, we roll the paint on and brush it out from top to bottom. Brush lightly in long strokes quickly. Remove the hardware first to make this easier.
Another option, for speeding up the painting of the doors using horses, is to cut and install a small piece of wood and screw it in to the top and bottom of the door. This wood extension has to be strong enough to hold the door on the horses. So, no part of the actual door will ever rest on the horses, preserving the finish. It enables you to paint both sides of the door within a short time. If we have a very heavy door, we do not add the wood extension, since it will not hold.
If the ceiling in the room is in a similar texture as the walls, this will be easy enough to paint. However if the ceiling is an acoustic or another name such as cottage cheese or popcorn ceiling, (little balls of texture)it may involve some difficulty, but not impossible. I have added more instructions to address it in this e-book under the subject of how to paint an acoustic/popcorn ceiling link.
Details for brushing the jams, baseboards, windows
Now we are ready to paint the jams, window trim and baseboard. We get paint on the adjoining drywall, since it will be covered over when painting the walls. This makes this part of the project very easy; We are careful not to flood paint heavily on the baseboards, just give it enough paint to cover. Doing so will prevent flooding paint under the masking tape. You can always paint another light coat to complete the project.
Prep all woodwork
We use frog tape and make sure you perfectly tape the top edge of the baseboard, in order to paint the drywall another color. Use a putty knife to lightly swipe over the tape along the wall horizontally, so it definitely is adhering to the top of the baseboard; Make sure no tape is on the wall of the drywall. It’s not that hard to do once you get the hang of it; We tape the outside edge of the jam, the 1/4 inch sides, while over lapping the tape onto the face of the jam. Make sure none of the tape is on the drywall. Now we can easily trim the drywall wall around your woodwork. Do not overload your brush with paint, for these areas. About a medium amount each time you brush, while brushing 2 coats.
Go ahead and brush around the baseboards and start rolling the walls. Once we are done painting, we remove the masking tape from the wood work. Now we have woodwork that is sharply done, all in your color of paint, while contrasting the wall color. Friends will ask you what painter you hired. Take that as a compliment because you have achieved professional results.
Rolling paint techniques
When we dip the roller into the paint tray or bucket with screen, roll it back and forth or up and down in the bucket. You want to have an even amount of paint on your roller or sleeve. Just use common sense and experiment a little.
It’s always best to roll on two coats of paint on each wall. Start at on wall end on the last wall and start over again for the second coat. Keep your roller cover loaded with paint using just enough pressure to spread the paint. Don’t push on the roller to squeeze out the last drop of paint, this will only cause problems. Start rolling making a large “V” or “W” and fill in between. Apply with an up and down motion. Every few minutes, step back, and look at the wall to make certain there are no runs. If so lightly run your roller over them, with the least amount of paint on the roller; If we notice roller marks (vertical paint lines) flip the roller in the other direction and re-roll it
Painting a wall with color can pose a small challenge, but not to panic. After you declare the walls to be finished, take a light of some kind, a flood light or utility type light and with a brush and paint, you may see “holidays” (that’s paint talk for misses) that will need to be brushed in.
Take some time to really look over the walls, since these can be hard to see. Look over the walls with your light source and without the light source. Eventually you will train your eyes to find misses or holidays. This makes for professional results.
If we have to stop painting, say for a day, and it’s in the middle of the job. Wrap your brush and rollers in separate plastic baggies of some kind, then freeze then in the freezer. You don’t have to clean them up each time you stop. Simply take them out of the freezer, let thaw out for awhile, and begin where you left off.