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How to Paint a Room Like a Pro - Bauen
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Time to learn how to paint a room like a pro.

Painting a room is a right of passage when living in a house or apartment. Paint colors are a reflection of your personality, they freshen up a tired space, and they can help you sell a home. There is a good chance many of you have painted a room, however, it is our goal at Bauen to teach you how to do it even better. Read on to paint like a pro!

Bottomlineottom Line. Call up your family and friends and get them over to help you paint your room. You will have a good time and save money.

How to Paint a Room Like a Pro - Lead Test

Assess your room before starting your painting project.

1. Was your house built prior to 1970?
If yes, there is a chance you have lead paint either exposed or below your paint. Lead paint=no good. Lead paint is most harmful when dispersed throughout the air in tiny particles, as in sanding dust. Bauen recommends you perform a lead test if you plan on scrapping or sanding during your prep phase.

ALL ABOUT LEAD TESTS – Click to learn more.

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2. Do your walls have multiple conflicting textures?
Check for areas of texture difference in natural light during the day and artificial light at night. Often times artificial light doesn’t expose everything. If you do have these areas, it is important to know that unless you skim coat or resurface the walls, the various textures will remain visible under the new coats of paint. Skim coating walls and ceilings is a project that is completed before painting a room. It is a favorite Bauen DIY project.

LEARN HOW TO SKIM COAT WALLS – Click to learn more.

3. Do you want to paint just the walls or do you want to do it all – ceiling, trim and walls?
Deciding this ahead of time will help determine the best painting sequence, as well as ensure you purchase the proper materials and tools. Don’t worry though! Bauen has you covered for both.

4. Do I need to prime my walls?
Priming your walls isn’t always necessary, but it can make the difference between a mediocre and a great painting job. Primer has the following benefits:

– Helps the paint adhere to the wall and last longer.
– Fills in sponge-like pores and creates an even, solid base that absorbs paint well.
– Blocks and hides stains.
– Helps maintain color vibrancy when painting a dark wall a lighter color.

You are a candidate for priming if you are painting over the following:
Oil based paints, dry wall, unpainted wood, metal, spackle and wood putty, ink and crayon, mold stains, painting over glossy paint

5. What kind of paint do I use?
Oh the million dollar question. There are many brands and types of paint on the market and a little research goes a long way in picking the best paint for your project.


bauen logoConsider prep work. It’s worth the effort. We highly recommend performing a lead test if you have any exposed old paint.

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Protect your room and yourself from paint splatter.

1. Remove it All. Remove window treatments and hardware that touches the new painted surfaces. Remove all furniture from the room or place in the center of the room.

2. Protect your room. Cover the entire floor and any furniture in the room with plastic drop cloths. Bauen likes 2 millimeter drop cloths because they are sturdy and won’t rip easily.

3. Protect Yourself. Wear your sanding respirator and goggles when sanding, scraping and dusting. Even though you might not see the particles, they are in the air. Definitely wear goggles when painting the ceiling. Paint splatter in the eyes is no fun! Keep windows cracked when painting to help alleviate the smell. Wear old clothes, as you are bound to get paint on them! As an alternative, you can wear coveralls and shoe protective booties.

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4. Patch & Repair. Patch holes using patching compounds. There is a good chance you will have at least one hole that needs to be filled.

How to Paint a Room like a Pro - small hole in wall

Fill pin and nail sized holes with a spackling paste. Use your putty knife to remove putty from container and liberally cover the hole. Let paste dry and then sand smooth using your fine sanding pad.

How to Paint a Room like a Pro - large hole in plaster wall

Use setting compound to fill holes larger than ¼ inch. Bauen likes the 90 minute setting compound. If you also have to patch small holes, you can use setting compound for everything.
HOW TO PATCH A PLASTER WALL – Click to learn more.

How to Paint a Room like a Pro - large hole dry wall

Large holes in drywall that expose the wall cavity require either a metal patching screen or a drywall panel patch. Bauen is working hard to add this project to our How Tos.

5. Repair your Trim. Sharpen corners and level edges by using your scrapper and patching compound. Patch holes in trim and remove peeling paint.
HOW TO REPAIR TRIM – Click to learn more.

6. Sand. Use your fine sanding sponge to sand any raised areas such as old paint debris.

Prep Your Painting Products

7. Prep your paint and tray. Open can and mix primer/paint with paint stick. Sometimes paint sediment can settle at bottom and needs to be stirred. Pour paint into metal tray with a plastic liner. Pour paint in a small cup for cutting in your edges.

8. Prep your roller. Use tape to remove any excess nap on your roller.

9. Mistake Remedies. Have a cup of water and paper towels or rags on hand for any mishaps. Tweezers are also a useful tool to have around for removing random debris that somehow magically finds its way into the paint. Wink to those with long hair!

bauen logoDon’t skip protection. Removing paint is much more time consuming than actually protecting your room and yourself. It is definitely worth the extra time to prep your walls and trim. It makes a big difference in the finished product.

How to Paint a Room like a Pro - paint roller

Determine your painting sequence.

There are various ways to paint a room like a pro, but below is Bauen’s recommended sequence. A sequence is an important component of learning how to paint a room like a pro. By painting the trim first, you don’t need to cut the edges (definition) of the trim perfectly. You will cover the excess paint when you do the ceiling and walls.

How to Paint a Room like a Pro - paint sequence

Time to Transform

1. Paint Trim. Use your paint brush or foam brush to paint all trim by using long brush strokes that go in the direction of the trim. Only dip 1/3rd of your brush into the paint, so you don’t overload it. As mentioned above, it is ok to run over the edges of the trim. Feather the paint so that no brush strokes will show under your wall and/or ceiling paint. Wait for paint to dry before moving on.

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There are 3 different ways to cut in or paint your edges. In the end it comes down to personal preference. With any technique you choose, make sure to feather (hover) the paint farthest from the trim. This avoids any dried raised paint areas underneath your roller areas.


Tape. Tape is the most commonly used method. Push down hard on the edge of the tape nearest the side that will be painted. Paint has a tricky way of getting underneath! When you apply paint, reduce the amount of paint that overlaps the tape. Remove the tape slowly approximately halfway through the drying process. Do not overload the tape with paint or allow it to dry thoroughly because you risk ripping off paint when you peel the tape away. It is very important to use quality tape specified for painting. Regular masking tape, duct tape, scotch tape, etc. will rip off primer and paint. Trust us!


Freehand. For those that don’t have a shaky hand this is a great option. It can save considerable time and won’t leave you wondering if paint is seeping below the tape. Fill a plastic cup halfway with paint. Dip your angle brush 1″ into the paint and wipe both sides of the brush on the inside edge of cup to remove excess paint. Slowly work your way down the edge in slow 6-12″ long strokes.


Edger. This is a newer product on the market that when done correctly can be a life changer. Gently dip the edger into the paint and then remove excess paint by lighting rubbing the edger on the tray. Make sure there is no paint on the edger wheels. Line the edger wheels up with the trim edge and start to move the edger along the trim so that the wheels are moving. Pressure on the edger should be light-to-medium.

Time to keep on painting your room.

2. Paint the Ceiling. Refresh your paint tray liner and trim cup if you are using a different color. Cut the edges using your preferred method and then immediately paint the rest of the ceiling with your roller. If working with a partner, have them paint the ceilings with the roller once you make headway with the edging. Painting over wet edging insures an even blending of paint. Unless you are a giant, use a chair, ladder or an extension pole to reach the ceiling.

3. Paint the walls. Refresh your paint tray and trim cup if you are using a different color. Either clean out the brush you used for the ceiling or use a new one dedicated to the wall color. Follow same step above.


4. Take a break. Congrats – your first coat of paint is completed. Wait until everything has dried before you apply a second coat. Depending on humidity in the room, drying time is approx 4-6 hrs. The more humid it is, the longer it takes to dry. Repeat steps above.

5. Reuse. You can typically reuse your rollers within the next 24 hrs if you keep them moist. Wrap them in multiple plastic bags to lock in the moisture. Clean paint brushes with warm water and soap. Make sure the water runs clear before you are finished. Dry brushes flat with bristles straight.

6. Touch ups. If you are a perfectionist, then now is the time to do touch ups. Bauen likes to use a small artist brush to get those tricky corners that will not fit a brush.

Success! Now you know how to paint a room like a pro. Time to shop for that new furniture for the space!

ottom Line. Establish your painting sequence and try and use the best edging option. We recommend giving the edger a shot

Ready to start your painting project?

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