How To Paint Your Living Room

(Last Updated On: March 21, 2017)
Efficiently painted living room
Painted living room

Painting your living room is definitely a DIY job but you need to be careful if you want to get the professional result. Anyone can take a brush and paint the walls but the difference is seen when the paint gets dry and there is difference in looks. You can take the chance of paint looking bad in any other room but you cannot do so in case of your living room. Living room is that room where anybody entering your home will come and judge your entire home on the basis of your living room only and hence you cannot take the risk of painting your living room haphazardly. The key of painting your living room efficiently is to do proper preparation before starting to paint. To help you out, here are some of the tips and tricks to paint your living room in best ways. You need to collect all the tools which are needed for painting your living room.

Tools for painting your living room

  • Tools needed for painting
    Must needed painting tools

    Putty knife

  • Drywall compound
  • Fiberglass drywall tape
  • Paint roller
  • Extension handle
  • Rags
  • Painters tape

Collect all these supplies and then start to paint your living room. Here are steps to paint your living room.Plan your work

Before you start with the actual job of painting your living room, you need to get organized. Majority of the preparation work should be done before a day you start to paint. You need to start to move the furniture out of your living room so that it doesn’t come in the way of painting. If the furniture is very large and you cannot take that out of the room then you can take it in the center of the room. If you are going to paint the ceiling then make sure to remove the chandeliers so that they don’t get painted along with your ceiling. You will be able to work fast and more efficiently if you don’t have obstruction in between to disturb. Lay some sheets of paper or damp clothes on the floor. While you are painting your living room, the drops of paint will be falling on the floor and making it dirty. These drops are very difficult to clean and save yourself this cleaning, lay papers and clothes on the floor. Allot one portion of the room where you can keep all of the living room painting tools and mix the paint. Make sure you start painting your living room from top and work towards bottom. This will help you to paint the drips which go down while painting the top part. It’s advisable to paint the large areas like walls before you paint the trim as you will be able to work more rapidly when you are covering the open areas.Repair repaired part

Before painting

Wall repair before paint
Repairing wall before paint

your living room, you need to check each and every corner of the room and see whether there is any damaged portion or not. The new paint will not adhere properly on the wall if it is damaged and the surface is not smooth. Make sure to scratch away old and flaking paint and also sand the painted woodwork slightly for knocking down the glossy surface and make them ready for the new paint. Make use of a primer sealer for covering up the high gloss enamel paint before painting it again. Check for the dents, chips and cracks on the wall. If you see any of them, repair them before you start to paint your living room. You can make use of spackling or drywall compound for patching up small imperfections. If you find any large cracks or holes then you can cut a measurable amount of drywall and plaster it on the large crack before painting your living room. Let the patch to dry properly and then apply some sooth sand for smooth surface. Make use of a damp sponge and then wash the dust from the wall and make it clean before painting your living room.Make your living room ready

There are several things you need to do to make your living room ready for painting for getting the efficient results. Get rid of all the electrical outlets and switches. If there are any fixtures or outlets on the walls then make sure to remove them also. Cover the frames of the window and handles of the door to protect them from getting painted. Make sure to choose the dry weather for painting your living room as humid weather is not the right time for paint. While painting your living room, make sure to open the windows and switch on the dehumidifier or exhaust fan to get rid of the moisture and humidity while painting. The constant supply of fresh air in the room will allow the pain t to dry more easily and quickly.Make the materials ready

While you are buying the paint, check what will be suitable to apply that type brush or roller. It makes a huge difference in the result whether you are painting with brush or a roller and the type of paint. There are different length and fiber naps of roller which corresponds with the type of paint you are using and various finishes. If the surface is rough you will need a roller with longer nap and vice versa.  If you are going for synthetic rollers and brush then they usually go well with water based paint or latex. If you are pretty much aware about it, you can ask your paint dealer and he will probably guide you about this. If you are going to need cans and cans of paint while painting your living room then it’s advisable to open up all the cans at once and mix them up to avoid any color variation on your wall. You can make use of a paint stick for mixing the colors and avoid any pigments from settling down. After you are done with the painting job, make sure to clean up instantly to avoid tough stains of painting your living room.


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