Tips and tricks for how to paint a room like a professional

Living Well | RACV | Posted on 09 September 2020

Painting the walls in your home is a quick and easy way to brighten up any space whether you're in need of a change-up or you're prepping to sell your house. Learn how to prepare a room for painting and paint the walls or ceiling like a professional with tips from RACV's Handy Andy.

Ready to give this tip a go? Find out all the tools you’ll need in the step-by-step guide below. 

Steps for preparing walls and painting a room like a pro

Painting your house doesn't have to be hard. RACV’s Handy Andy shows you how to paint a room like a pro so you can get your walls looking like new again.  

  1. Start with safety and preparation, removing furnishings and items from the room to provide a clear working space.  
  2. Scrape loose paint off the walls and fill cracks if required. 
  3. Lightly sand the surface to be painted with a fine-grit sandpaper, moving in a circular motion to prevent sanding lines into the existing paint.
  4. Once the wall is sanded, wash it with sugar soap to remove any dust and grease. After washing, dry the surface being painted with a clean cloth.
  5. Apply painter’s masking tape to any surfaces you don’t want to paint.
  6. Lay a drop sheet over flooring or any furnishings that can’t be removed.
  7. Before using any brushes or rollers, new or old, wash them in clean water to remove any lint or dust.
  8. Open and stir paint thoroughly using a paint stirrer, making sure the paint is a consistent colour throughout and all tints are mixed in. Do this by moving the stirrer from top to bottom in a circular motion.
  9. “Cut-in” around the edges and corners of the broader area being painted with a smaller-sized paint brush.
  10. Pour a small amount of paint into a smaller container. This will make moving around, especially up and down ladders, much safer and easier.
  11. Carefully apply paint to all edges, corners and areas not large enough to paint by roller. The cutting-in should be wide enough to make it easy to roll paint up to the adjacent surface without risk of getting paint where it shouldn’t be.
  12. In between coats, wrap the brush or roller in cling wrap to keep it wet and ready to paint with again for up to a few days.
  13. Start the rolling process shortly after the cutting-in to increase chances of a smooth finish where the brushed and rolled paints meet. 
  14. Using your ladle, place an ample amount of paint into your roller tray. Then, coat the entire roller with an even amount of paint by dipping and then rolling the roller on the tray’s corrugations. When starting to roll paint onto any surface, use a ‘W’ shaped motion to spread the paint across a small section.
  15. Once the paint has been laid onto the wall, back-roll by applying one long, continuous roll from top to bottom or bottom to top, slightly overlapping the roller with each stroke, to help create a smooth and even finish. Continue rolling in this manner until the entire surface is evenly coated in paint.
  16. A second coat of paint should be applied in the same way as the first coat; removing the painter’s tape between coats and reapplying before the next coat.
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Dust mask
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Roller and tray
  • Paint stirrer
  • Painter’s tape
  • Ladle
  • A small container or jar
  • Cling wrap
  • Sanding block
  • Sandpaper
  • Sugar soap
  • Bucket
  • Lots of rags
  • One large drop sheet

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