How To Paint Walls White

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4 Hours

White walls have become popular these days especially in the farmhouse style but painting walls white takes a little more than just one coat of paint.

Like with all projects it is best to collect your items ahead of time. Here is a list of what you will need to paint your room white.

  • White paint with primer mixed in
  • Paint stir
  • Paint roller kit
  • Drop cloths
  • Paint brush
  • Ladder
  • Screwdriver to remove outlet covers

Let me recommend using a basket or something to keep all your supplies like in this photo.

Now on to the first thing you need to do and that is remove any furniture, switch and outlet covers. I like to put them in ziplock bags along with their screws.

Start with shaking or stir your paint if it has been a while. If you have dark walls consider priming the walls first with a bonding primer like Kilz 2.

Pour your paint into the tray and roll the roller into the paint carefully applying paint all the way around. You want the paint to be thick on the roller but not dripping.

Now begin rolling working from one side of the wall the other side. I like to roll the paint in a v shape motion. It gives a more uniform look when I am done.

Once you have rolled the wall now it is time to cut in the corners and along the base and ceiling with a paint brush.

Hold you wrist straight and drag the brush along the ceiling and base. Keep a small amount of paint towards the bottom of the paint brush. If you let your paint get out of control then it is hard to control how much paint goes on the wall.

Now if you used a primer it is time to use the paint on the wall. The primer will keep the paint color that was already on the wall from showing through the new crisp white color you are applying to the wall.

Okay, just like before pour your paint and repeat the primer step.

I like to let the paint dry over night before add all the outlet covers, art and such.

But now you have beautiful, fresh white walls. What room are you planning to paint white?

For more tips on painting a room check out my . There is a video that is helpful too.

And there is the room all finished. We changed the door too with a dutch door that we created ourselves and gave it a nice fresh color for the laundry room.

I hope this post has been helpful and I cannot wait to hear what room you are planning to paint white.

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  • William William on May 07, 2019

    Great instructions and tips. Proper prep is the key. That includes having the right equipment for the job. I always use Kilz primer no matter what I paint or what color. Primer makes the final color more true and vibrant. The "all in one" paints really have no primer in them. Just more paint solids. They also don't always cover in one coat unless they are put on heavy like in the TV commercials.