How to Paint Walls

Want to paint the walls in your house for the first time? Trust Hometalk to guide you in everything you need to know about painting walls. All the tips, ideas, and step-by-step guides from our unique DIY community that you will need to make your painting project a success. Read the top projects, ask a question, and watch the videos.

Paint a Wall Step by Step

Prep the walls first

Fill any holes, remove outlet covers and tape over the outlets before you begin painting.

Sand the walls and scrape if needed

If you spot any bumps in the wall, scrape them off. Otherwise, sand the wall to create a surface for the paint to grip onto.

Use a primer before you paint

Primer creates an even base onto which to apply your paint. For optimal results, sand the wall after priming it.

Mastering the technique

When painting, use a brush to paint the edge where the wall meets the trim, then use a roller for the space in between.

Finish by painting the trim

Once the wall is dry, tape off the trim using painters’ tape. This will allow you to paint the trim without ruining your newly painted wall.

Top Projects for Painting Walls

All the DIY wall painting top projects are right here. Check them out.

Wall Painting Videos

Looking for videos on how to paint walls in your house? We've got you covered.

How to Apply German Schmear to Give Your Brick Fireplace a New Look

Create a classy fireplace look with this aged brick-and-mortar effect!

How to Correctly Apply Painter’s Tape for Perfect Straight Lines

Setting out to do some painting but don’t know how professionals get those perfectly straight lines or avoid getting splatter on the baseboards? The secret is painter’s tape!In this article, I’ll tell you exactly how to make the most of painter’s tape, including how to apply the tape on walls, on tricky areas like baseboard corners, and how to remove painter’s tape. It may sound simple, but speaking from past experience as a painter, incorrectly applied painter’s tape can be just as useless as not using it at all, while making use of it makes life so much easier. Once you understand the steps detailed below, painting perfect straight lines and keeping your baseboards pristine will be a cinch.

How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

My parents just moved into a beautiful new home! However, it was built in the 70's & needed some updating. They've worked so hard painting, laying floor, & updating the rest of the house & the last big project was the kitchen! First things first, we decided to tackle the cabinets.

Shortcuts and Tips for Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Tired of the oak cabinets, but can't afford a kitchen remodel? Chalk-tique them! Simple, no prep needed.

New Painting Walls Projects

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