Where do you start when painting a living room?

Kelsey W. Popham

Hey there! So, you’re thinking about painting a living room? Awesome! Giving your space a fresh coat of paint is like a mini-revolution for your home. Whether you’re tired of those dated colors or you’ve simply caught the home improvement bug, knowing where to start can be a bit tricky. No worries, though—we’ve got you covered.

Step 1: Prep Like a Champ

Kick things off by moving all the furniture out of the room. Seriously, get it all out of there—or at least, shove it into the center and cover it with a tarp. The last thing you want is a new abstract art piece on your favorite couch.

Step 2: Squeaky-Clean Walls

Before any paint touches those walls, give them a good wash. A little warm water and soap can work wonders. After all, you wouldn’t want to seal in years of fingerprints, smudges, or who-knows-what-else under a fresh coat of paint, would you?

Step 3: A Smooth Canvas

Grab some spackle and fill in any holes, dents, or cracks in your walls. Once it dries, give it a good sanding to create a smooth surface. Trust me, painting over imperfections is like putting a band-aid on a leaky faucet—it just won’t work out in the end.

Step 4: Tape for Victory

Sharp, crisp lines are your friends. To achieve them, you’ll need some quality painter’s tape. Take your time taping off the edges around doors, windows, and especially where the wall meets the ceiling. A little effort here pays off big time.

Step 5: The Priming Act

Skipping the primer? Bad idea. Primer helps your paint stick to the walls better, gives you a more vibrant color, and can save you from needing multiple coats. Plus, it’s essential if you’re making a drastic color change. So go ahead, roll that primer on!

Step 6: Finally, Paint!

So, you’re ready for the main event. Start with the edges and corners, using a good-quality brush to “cut in.” Once that’s done, it’s time to unleash the roller. Roll the paint on in a “W” pattern for even coverage. Remember, start from the top and work your way down to catch any potential drips.

Step 7: Round Two & Final Touches

Let your first coat dry completely. Take a break; you’ve earned it. Once it’s dry, assess if you need a second coat (hint: you probably will). After the second round has dried, do a walk-through and touch up any spots that look uneven.

And there you go! You’ve successfully painted your living room. Take a moment to step back and admire your work. Snap some photos, throw them up on social media, and enjoy the “oohs” and “ahhs” from your friends and family.

Happy painting!

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