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 Easily Create Gorgeous Mosaic Walls

There is something very modern and funky about unique geometric patterns. They are not only the perfect paint treatment to add depth, dimension, and pattern to a statement wall but can make a nursery look absolutely delightful.

DIY Dalmatian Accent Wall + Entryway Makeover

Is your entry way lacking those WOW first impression vibes when you enter your apartment? Before this accent wall, I didn't bat an eye when walking past it. Now, it's one of my favorite spots in my apartment. If you've been looking for something creative and different for your home, don't be afraid to take the risk and go for an eclectic, fun hand-painted spotted accent wall!

Hexagon Wall Treatment

I’ll let you in on a little secret...hexagon is going to be a huge trend this year wether it’s the shape of a light fixture or the pattern of fabric, it’s gonna be hot!I have a wall in my office that really needs to be updated so I thought I would jump on this trend. I saw this idea on Vintage Revivals and decided to give it a try!

How to Do the German Schmear...It's Easier Than You Think!

I'm doing a bedroom makeover at my parents house and they have a brick wall in the room. I was going to paint the brick white but then came across the German Schmear. I thought it looked so cool and it gave the brick a really unique look, so I gave it a shot. The German Schmear (also known as mortar wash) may seem like a bit of an intimidating project, but let me be clear, I am not a professional and I have never done this before and it looks AMAZING. It was NOT hard and it was NOT expensive and it turned out great! So take that hesitation, that doubt, that uncertainty, and get rid of it, cuz YOU CAN DO THIS!If you want to checkout the entire bedroom transformation, here's the link: be friends - Check me out on:Youtube: me a comment I love hearing from you.

New Painting Walls Projects

What's trending in the world of DIY wall painting? We have compiled it all here.

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