Photo Gallery: Painting A Room

When painting a room, it's important to follow the right order to ensure success. Finish the ceiling and walls before tackling the windows, trim and doors.

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Start With the Ceiling

Attach the extension pole to the handle of the roller. Decant paint into the paint tray and load the roller, taking care not to overload it. Roll the paint onto the ceiling in sections.

Next, Paint the Top of the Wall

Once the central area of the ceiling is coated, paint around the edge with a brush. Overlap slightly onto the wall surface.

Roll Paint Vertically Onto Walls

Roll paint onto walls in vertical sections. Use an extension pole to save bending when painting lower sections of the wall and when reaching for the higher areas.

Cut In at Junctions and Corners

Cut in at the junctions between the walls and the ceiling. A roller is not accurate enough, so use a 4-inch (100-mm) brush, or a small paint pad if your walls are straight.

Painting Near Baseboards

Slightly overlap the wall color onto the baseboard, or, if your baseboard has a natural finish, protect it with blue painter’s tape.

Remove Window Hardware

Remove any window hardware before painting to make the job easier and to provide a neater finish.

Paint the Window Frame

Use a 1-inch (25-mm) brush to paint the window frame.

Paint Interior Window Surfaces

Open the window so that you can paint both the opening and the hinged edge, but avoid painting over the hinges themselves. Wedge the window open until the paint is completely dry.

Paint the Window Rails

Paint the rails of any non-opening casements.

Paint the Dividing Line

Create a clean dividing line between the window frame and the wall surface.

Painting a Baseboard: Starting in the Middle

Begin to paint the baseboard, one manageable section at a time. Start by coating the middle of the board, then cut into the floor.

Cut In Baseboard & Wall Junction

Cut in neatly at the baseboard and wall junction. Lay off the paint carefully for an even finish, then move on to the next section of baseboard.

Painting a Door: Remove Hardware

Remove the door hardware before you start painting.

Follow the Grain of the Door

Follow the grain of the wood as you paint the stiles and rails. Where they cross, create a line along the joint of the two pieces of wood.

Finish by Painting the Door Casing

Finish by painting the casing, cutting in precisely along the edge created with the wall surface.

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