You have decided that a room in your home needs a fresh coat of paint. Will you be painting all of the walls plus the ceiling or just the walls? Will the walls be the same color as the ceiling?
You will need to remove everything from the room. Using a broom with a towel pinned on or a long handled duster, dust off the walls. If the room to be painted is the kitchen, clean off any grease splatters with a degreaser first and let dry. Patch and fill any holes or nicks with joint compound, using a putty knife and let dry. If you plan to use a roller; paint pan and various sized brushes, you will need to buy a few more things. Painters tape for around all doors and windows and the baseboards. If the baseboards need painted also, it is easier to pry them off with a hammer; get them painted and put back on. Otherwise it will be tedious work, but it will get painted too. A few rolls of thick plastic sheeting to cover the floor.
Prepping the room
Spread out the thick plastic sheets on the floor- corner to corner. Primer such as Zinsser is best for drywalls. There is special primer for wood walls. Lightly sand the walls with an electric sander with 120 grit paper. Sanding will allow the primer to stick better.
It is important to apply the primer first. Drywall and wood is porous and it will quickly soak up many gallons of paint, unless primer is applied first. Pour the primer into a paint pan. Roll it onto the walls and also use various brushes, just like paint and let it dry. Open windows give good ventilation for breathing.
If you are going to use an electric air paint sprayer, the local hardware or home improvement store can instruct you on how to use it.
With various sized brushes, paint the door frames, window frames, baseboards and the corners of the room first. Then you can use the roller to finish painting the walls.
Painting the room
Things to remember: A trip to the local hardware or home improvement store will help. There, they have colored paint cards, with every color imaginable. Decide upon a color you like or a color that will match your furniture. Next, you will need to decide what type of paint you will need. Interior latex paint can be used for most rooms, except bathrooms. Bathrooms usually will need an interior-water or oil based paint. Cleanup for oil based paint will require mineral spirits, which is available where paint is sold. Bathrooms have high humidity and moisture, to will mildew, so must choose the best paint for the bathroom. After loading the paint onto the roller in the paint pan, gently roll upwards at first, to prevent the paint from running down the wall. Then, you can press harder on the roller to press out more paint from the roller, as it begins to use it up on the wall.
A fresh and new painted room
After painting the room, the paint will need to let sit and dry, before moving furniture back in. Cleanup is fairly easy, by running a water hose outside or turn on the faucet in the utility room or kitchen sink- for water based paints. A big tin can with mineral spirits in it and let brushes soak in it a little while. Use some of the mineral spirits for your hands and then clean with dish soap a few times, rinse well. The room should look all fresh and new. You will feel good about the great job you did.
After seeing your fresh and newly painted room; all of your furniture moved back in, you begin to feel that you have a new home. It is so enjoyable to be in a newly painted room. Everything seems so nice. Being in your newly painted room- will give you a new perspective with new décor ideas. You might even become enthused about painting another room. How nice that would be.