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Interior wall painting DIY

Are you tired of looking at the same old walls every day? Do you want to freshen things up in your home but don’t want to break the bank hiring a professional painter? Why not try your hand at wall painting yourself! With some basic knowledge and the right tools, painting your walls can be an affordable and fun DIY project that can transform your living space!

Here are some helpful tips and techniques to get you started!

Step 1: Preparing the Room

Before you start painting, you need to prepare the room. Cover any furniture with plastic sheets or move them out of the room if possible. Remove any paintings or photos from the walls, and cover the floor with a drop cloth. Use painter’s tape to protect the areas that you don’t want to paint, like the ceiling, baseboards, and door frames.

Step 2: Choosing the Right Paint

Choosing the right paint can make all the difference in the final outcome of your project. You’ll want to consider the room’s lighting, the mood or atmosphere you would like to create and the durability of the paint.

  • For well-lit rooms with high traffic, choose paint with high durability and resistance to wear and tear.
  • For rooms with lower lighting, you may want to opt for a matte or eggshell finish that will reflect less light.
  • If you’re looking to create a fun and playful atmosphere, consider using bold and vibrant colours like red or turquoise.
  • For a more sophisticated atmosphere, consider using cool hues like grey or blue.

Step 3: Selecting the Right Tools

Having the right tools can make all the difference when it comes to getting a professional-looking finish. Here are the basic painting tools you’ll need:

  • Paintbrushes: Choose high-quality paintbrushes in different sizes for different areas of the wall.
  • Paint Rollers: Pick a roller with a nap (the thickness of the roller), that matches the texture of the wall being painted. The smoother the wall, the shorter the nap required.
  • Roller Tray: Choose a sturdy roller tray with a liner that can be removed for easy cleaning.
  • Painter’s Tape: Choose painter’s tape that’s easy to remove without damaging the wall but still provides strong adhesion.

Step 4: Preparing the Surface

Before you start painting, you must prepare the surface of the wall. Clean the wall using soap and water, then sand the surface with sandpaper. Wipe away dust with a dry cloth. Repair any holes or cracks with putty or spackling and give it time to dry. Sand the area again and wipe the dust with a dry cloth.

Step 5: Painting the Wall

Now it’s time for the fun part! Here are some helpful tips for painting your walls:

  • Start by painting the corners and edges of the wall using a paintbrush.
  • Pour the paint into a roller tray and, using a roller, apply the paint in a “W” or “M” shape. This will help distribute the paint evenly.
  • Work in small sections, using long strokes. Avoid too much pressure, as this can create streaks in the paint.
  • Once the first coat has dried, apply a second coat. This will result in a more even and consistent finish.
  • Allow the paint to dry completely before removing any painter’s tape.


How do I choose the right colour for my walls?

When choosing the right colour for your walls, consider the mood or atmosphere you would like to create in the room. Additionally, consider the lighting in the room and whether you want a bold or more muted colour. Remember, a darker colour will make the room look smaller, while a lighter colour will make it look more spacious.

Can I paint over wallpaper?

It’s not recommended to paint over wallpaper, as the paint may not adhere properly and can cause bubbling and peeling. If you’d like to paint over wallpaper, it’s recommended to remove the wallpaper first.

How do I clean my paintbrushes?

After painting, clean your brushes with soap and water. Gently massage the bristles with your fingers, rinse the brush and squeeze out any excess water. Hang the brush to dry upside down to allow bristles to regain their shape.


Painting your walls can be a fun and affordable way to change up the look of your home! With the right preparation, tools, and techniques, anyone can achieve a professional-looking finish. So grab your paintbrushes, select your colours, and get to work on transforming your living space!

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