How to Repaint a
Room in a Weekend
Recent surveys reveal that consumers will be doing a lot of remodeling this year. But with the sluggish economy,
many are opting for do-it-yourself projects to squeeze the
most out of their budgets. One of the most common undertakings: interior painting.
“Nearly everyone agrees that some jobs—like re-roofing
or electrical work—are best left to the pros, but most people
think they can do their own painting,” says Debbie Zimmer,
spokesperson for the Paint Quality Institute. “And, generally
speaking, they’re right.”
According to Zimmer, many people regard painting as a
weekend project. As such, they want to see the fruits of their
labor by Sunday night. “That’s a realistic goal, but to achieve it,
you have to plan out the job and be well-organized,” she says.
If your organizational skills leave something to be desired,
Zimmer offers some suggestions:
1. Get all of your furniture out of the way by moving
it to the center of the room, using plastic sliders on heavy
items so you don’t have to lift them. Cover everything
with plastic, blankets or old sheets. Then, put down drop-cloths to protect your floors from stray droplets of paint.
2. Scrub all the surfaces you’ll be painting with a sponge
and mild household detergent solution before going to the paint
store. That will give them time to dry while you’re out shopping.
3. Try to do all of your shopping in just one visit, as making
multiple trips to the paint store can consume gobs of time.
Before leaving your home, see what painting tools and accessories
you have on hand, then create a shopping list… or save even
more time by going to www.paintquality.com to download a
4. Buy technologically-advanced, top quality 100 percent acrylic latex interior paint. These durable paints often
hide the color that’s underneath quickly and effectively, saving
you not only time and effort, but money as well.
5. Tape the edges of the surfaces you’ll be painting
to enable you to apply the paint faster. You’ll quickly recover
the time spent doing this. And taping will make your finished
paint job look a lot neater.
6. Work ‘top down’: paint the ceiling; then the walls; next,
the windows and trim; and lastly, the baseboards. Following this
sequence will help keep just-painted surfaces free of paint spatter
or drip marks and cut down time spent on touch-up work.
7. When painting a ceiling or wall, start by “cutting in”
a corner section with a paintbrush, applying a 3” band of
paint around the edge. This will enable you to quickly fill in the
area with a paint roller. Repeat this process in 3-foot increments.
8. Apply the paint liberally. Trying to ‘stretch’ your paint
by applying a thin coat is false economy. You might end up
needing a second coat to completely hide the original color.
9. Cleanup will be a snap, assuming that you purchased
top quality 100 percent acrylic latex paint. Being water-based,
these paints can be quickly and easily cleaned off of brushes
and rollers with plain soap and water.
10. The last time-saver when using top quality latex
paint? Not having to wait for the ‘paint smell’ to go away.
Eco-friendly latex paints have very little odor, so you can put a
freshly-painted room back into service right away.
For more tips on saving time and money on interior painting, Zimmer suggests that you invest a few minutes checking
out the Paint Quality Institute website at www.paintquality.com.
About the Paint Quality Institute℠ The Paint Quality Institute℠ was formed by Rohm and Haas Company
(now a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”)) in 1989 to educate people on the
advantages of using quality interior and exterior paints and coatings. The Paint Quality Institute’s goal is to
provide information on the virtues of quality paint as well as color trends and decorating with paint through a
variety of vehicles, including television appearances, newspaper and magazine articles, and instructional literature.
Please be sure to visit the Paint Quality Institute at www.paintquality.com.