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Quick and Easy Way to Properly Paint Roller a Room

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Paint roller application is the quickest way to give any room in your home a facelift. With a little planning, the right tools, and the right paint, a paint roller DIY job is relatively easy.

Paint Roller Tools and Suppliespaint roller tools

  • Mild dishwashing detergent
  • One cellulose sponge
  • 1 two-inch brush
  • 1 two-inch angled brush
  • One paint tray
  • One paint roller frame
  • One paint roller frame handle
  • One lint free paint roller
  • 1 Safety ladder
  • Blue painters tape
  • A few disposable plastic tarps
  • Paint for ceiling, paint for walls, and paint for trim

For your convenience, everything you need for a paint roller DIY job is for sale at all three of our Sarasota Paint stores.

Benjamin Moore breaks the paint roller painting process into six easy steps. The company urges DIY painters to follow the right sequence to keep the job easy and the result – Wow!

A quick tip about planning your paint roller job; start with the ceiling. Any drips on walls or baseboards will not spoil your handiwork. When you paint the walls and trim, you can cover up any drips.

Paint Roller Steps

First Step: Move all furniture into the center of the room. Cover it with a plastic tarp. Cover the flooring with remaining tarps. Since we are starting with the ceiling, it is easier just to cover the entire floor if the room is not too big. After you cover the floor, place your supplies where you can easily reach them.

Second Step: Dust, grease spots, and dirt can spoil a smooth paint finish. Using a sponge and a small amount of detergent clean all dirt from the walls and ceiling. Use clean water to rinse the walls and get any soap residue off.

Third step: Do your cut-ins. Pick a corner of the room to begin your cut-ins. Use the 2-inch brush (straight not angled) to paint a three-inch wide strip where the ceiling and the wall meet on the wall. Do your cut-ins one section at a time, alternating between doing the cut-in and painting the ceiling. This allows you to keep a wet edge that helps averting a line that shows where the cut-ins are and the rest of the ceiling.

Fourth Step: Painting the ceiling with a roller. Pour some paint into the paint tray and immerse the paint roller in it. Then remove excess paint by slowly rolling the paint roller over the ridges in the paint tray.

It may seem a good idea to start in the center of the room and work outwards towards the walls. It isn’t! Start rolling the ceiling near the corner you started the cut-ins. Make sure to blend the paint roller strokes into the ceiling you created with your cut-ins earlier. Paint crossways over the width of the ceiling and not the length of the ceiling.

Paint Roller Tip: When using a paint roller, roll across your body and not along your body to prevent neck and back strain.

Fifth Step: Paint the walls. Wait until the ceiling dries before tackling the walls. Start again in a corner cutting in along the ceiling line following the same process you did to cut-in the ceiling. However, also cut-in around two to three inches around the trim of doors and windows and molding. Once you have completed cutting-in a wall, use the paint roller to close the field. To make your work easier, roll a three-foot by three-foot “W” on the wall, then fill it in, however do not lift the paint roller. Do the wall in sections until your finish – only do one wall at a time.

Sixth Step: Trim painting. Wait for the wall to dry completely. Where the trim and molding meet the wall, use blue painter’s tape on the wall along the trim, molding, and baseboards. Then, use the 2-inch angled brush and paint all the trim, moldings, and baseboard along with the doors and windows. When painting doors and windows, paint the tops first so dripping paint does not ruin areas below it. The last thing to paint on each wall is the baseboard.

Wait for everything to dry and remove the painter's tape, pick up the tarps and move the furniture back in place. That’s it, six steps to a gorgeous repainted and refreshed room.

If you have any questions about roller painting your ceiling and walls just ask any of our friendly and knowledgeable customer service representatives at either of our Sarasota Paint locations


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