The Easy Way to Paint a Room - Home Decorating & Painting Advice

The Easy Way to Paint a Room

Q: How do I paint a room?

A: Painting a room is a completely managable task, even for someone with absolutely no experience with a brush. At its core, you simply need to prepare your walls and then apply primer and paint evenly. Here are some easy painting tips on how to paint a room correctly and quickly. 



How to Breakdown Time
The first step when painting a room is figuring out how long it will take. Painting an entire room versus an accent wall will vary on how long it’ll take to get your painting project done.

Schedule a time to get the project done all at once. The easiest way to figure out how much time it will take is to break everything down on paper:

  • Prep work: 2-3 hours
  • Painting Walls and Ceiling: 1-2 hours per coat of paint
  • Trim work: 30 minutes per coat
  • Furniture (optional): 2 hours total
  • Clean up: Disposable supplies take 15-30 to clean up. Washing brushes and trays take 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Adjust your time if the room is smaller or larger.

How to Prep
Next comes the prep work. Gather your supplies: paint, primer, painter's tape, brushes, trays, and drop cloths. If you are doing an entire room, move all of your furniture out of the room and place drop cloths on the floor. If your walls are getting touched up, then move the furniture to the middle of your room and place drop cloths on the floor and over your furniture.



Clean your walls and ceiling with some diluted dish soap. Cracks and holes will need touched up or filled, and peeling paint will need to be sanded smooth. Next, determine if you need to prime your surface. If you are just repainting a shade lighter or darker, then primer won't be needed. However, if there are repairs and/or you are painting a drastically different color, then you will need to prime. Finally, take off outlet and plate covers so you don't worry about messes. Tape off all edges if needed.

How to Paint a Room
With your chosen color, take a brush and paint along the edges before going to your roller. You will need 2 coats of paint to complete the job. The trim can be started after the walls and ceiling are done. In between coats, you can make touch ups as necessary.



A couple fresh coats of paint can easily bring new life into a room. By following these simple directions, you can learn how to paint a room quickly and watch it transform. Happy painting!