Looking for an easy and inexpensive way to spruce up your space? Paint is a fun way to make that happen!

Person painting using a paintbrush and orange paint

Paint comes in lots of different colors that can transform your space in less than 24 hours.

So how do you get started?

Prepare Your Space

  • Clear out furniture and unplug electronics

  • Remove all accessories from the walls (ie. outlet covers, light switch plates)

  • Lay down a drop cloth or canvas to protect your floors

  • Clean the surface of your wall with a damp cloth or sponge

  • Cover surfaces you don't want painted with painter's tape (ie., baseboards)

Moira Rose from Schitts Creek saying

Choose Your Paint

There are lots of options when it comes to choosing your paint.

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  • Paint Type: Oil vs. latex/water-based

  • Durability: Do you need a paint that can handle lots of dings or scuffs?

  • Finish: Do you want a more matte finish on your wall or a glossier finish?

  • Room Type: Will the paint be exposed to water such as in a bathroom, or a lower-traffic room like a bedroom?

  • Color: Do you want a lighter color to make the room seem larger or a darker, bolder color?

Oil-Based Paint Vs. Water/Latex-Based Paint

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Oil-Based Paint

  • Use when you want the finish to last a very long time

  • Great for areas that have heavy usage (ex. trim/moldings)

  • Stronger odor when applying

  • Takes longer to dry

  • Harder to clean

  • Clean up with turpentine or paint thinner

  • Can't paint over latex/water-based paint with oil paint

Latex/Water-Based Paint

  • Most commonly found in stores

  • Environmentally responsible

  • Dries faster

  • Easier clean-up

  • Produces fewer odors

  • Can be cleaned with soap and water

  • Good to use in heavy moisture environments such as bathrooms and kitchens

  • Usually can use this paint to cover over other types of paint such as oil-based

Gather Your Supplies!

3 rotating images of a person holding a paintbrush and painting a watercolor picture

  • Paint and primer

  • Paint rollers

  • Stepladder

  • Sandpaper

  • Wooden stir sticks

  • Angled paintbrushes

  • Painter's tape and drop cloths

  • Paint tray to hold paint

  • Paint can opener

  • Spackle and spatula to patch any holes

Time To Prime & Paint!

Time for the fun part! Let's get to painting!!!

Dog resting on drop cloth while owner paints wall with paint roller

  1. Prime your walls: Some paint comes with a primer added. If yours doesn't, buy a separate primer to apply to the wall first.

  2. Mix your paint: Open your paint can and mix the paint well with a paint stick.

  3. Pour the paint: Pour a little paint in a paint tray and apply an even amount to the roller.

  4. Paint rollers and trim brushes: Use the trim brush to paint the edges of the wall first, then use the roller to fill in the rest.

  5. "M & W": To apply paint evenly to the wall, make an "M" or "W" first, then continue rolling.

Take Action

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Happy painting!

Bob Ross waving goodbye with his right hand and holding a paint palette with his left hand.

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Stephanie Euland

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