When painting a room, where do you start?

by Maria
do you start from the ceiling or the walls? This is my first time painting and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. Help! Thanks

  6 answers
  • Janice Janice on Jul 05, 2018
    Hi Maria, just take it one step at a time and it will work out just fine. First be sue to protect the floor and any furniture left in the room with drop cloths, newspaper, or plastic. If you are painting the walls a different color than the ceiling, mask the top of the walls, where the wall meets the ceiling and paint the ceiling area next to the masking tape with an angle brush about 2" into the ceiling area. Then paint the large ceiling area with a roller. Let dry and then use masking tape on the ceiling and repeat the process on the walls. If you are going to paint the trim, do that last. Frog tape is wonderful as it really helps keep paint lines sharp. Here's a link with step-by-step instructions. Be sure to fill in any nail holes with a small container of spackle and your paint job will look wonderful. Just take your time with it. Hope the link helps you realize it is just a process and you'll be successful. It is rather rewarding! Good luck, Maria. You got this!

    • Maria Maria on Jul 07, 2018

      Hi Janice. Wanted to take the time to appreciate the comment you left. It really helped me. You’ll be happy to know that I did it and I’m so glad I asked y’all for advice. Thanks 😊

  • Sharon Sharon on Jul 05, 2018
    Here's a good video for beginners.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRXCB_3gLok

  • Sassy Sassy on Jul 05, 2018
    Maria, Janice nailed the instructions, but I also use the paint brush on the corners and above the baseboard (if it is a different color, otherwise also paint the baseboard with the brush) before using a roller. I have also used a paint sprayer to paint the popcorn ceiling and walls, but you have to protect everything you don't want painted with plastic (windows, doors) and use eye protection and a mask to keep the paint out of your nose/mouth/lungs. Also, do remove all the switch plates from outlets/light switches before you paint. You can do this!

  • Tra5069105 Tra5069105 on Jul 05, 2018
    Maria, 35 yrs. of being a professional painter here is how I would do it. first move and cover everything. tape off baseboards so no paint gets on them.(use blue painters tape,it comes off easy and sticks good if base is free of dust) next fill holes or cracks with spackle (i like the pink color kind that turns white when it is ready to sand) if you arent using a paint that also says is a primer you have to prime the spots you repaired (any flat paint will do that is what primer is basically) if you don't do it the top coat of paint will absorb into the spots and will bubble and not adhere. alright,lets paint the ceiling. take a sash angle brush (it has an angled end) and brush all around the perimeter of the ceiling and light fixtures if there are any. unless it is a kitchen or bath people always use flat paint on the ceiling. flat does not reflect light and is very forgiving. At this point DO NOT WORRY ABOUT getting it on the walls at the corners you may want that if the corners are not straight,and most arent. I always put 2 coats, i roll the first coat in 1 direction and let dry. and the second coat the other way. after the ceiling is dry start brushing corners and next to base, i paint corner next to the ceiling last because that is where the different colors meet.(this brush work really counts because you will see if you wernt careful to get it straight (take your time with this one and breaks if you need) now roll out your walls. invest in a extention pole for your roller handle (a 2 to 4 ft. if you have standard height ceilings, this is the best investment you will make for this paint project and any future ones!!!!!!!
    If you are changing colors put another coat on walls. Good Luck ( I could have painted my bathroom in the time it took me to type this,I can't type)

    • Maria Maria on Jul 07, 2018

      Hi Tra5069105. Just wanted to say thank you for all your input, I was feeling overwhelmed but after reading your advice you really gave me peace of mind and you’ll be happy to know that I did it and I am very happy with the outcome. Now I know I can do it again if I need to. Thanks again 😊

  • I always paint the ceiling, then the trim if it needs it. After that, I paint the walls. Use an angled paint brush with a short handle because it makes cutting in around the edges so much easier. You'll be a pro in no time!

  • Janice Janice on Jul 07, 2018

    Hi Maria! So happy to hear my my response helped you with your project. Most of the time the hardest part is getting started! (at least for me........ :) Good job, you tackled it. Take care, Janice