As complicated as it may seem, painting a living room isn’t rocket science. When you create a plan of action in advance, you can set aside a weekend to revamp your living room or den with a fresh coat of paint that will improve your interior decor.
Here are 5 simple steps that you can use to tackle a DIY painting project this weekend:
1. Choose your color palette. Learning how to paint your living room begins by choosing the right color palette before you hit the hardware store. Take the time to search for preferred colors online so that you are fully equipped to select the perfect hue at the paint counter.
Experts recommend painting a popularly used space like a living room with a creamy neutral like antique white or rich coffee. However, if you have furniture in neutral shades, you can offset lighter tones with walls painted in blue, green, gold, or yellow.
2. Clear the room. Part of creating a plan of action is to move furniture and prepare your living room before painting begins. Ideally, it’s best to set aside an entire weekend to repaint a living room, just to be safe.
It’s advised to move all furniture and artwork out of a room to keep them protected from paint damage. Take the time to remove hardware like outlet covers, nails, and screws from the walls, placing them in Ziploc bags to stay organized.
3. Remove old paint. Before the fun can begin, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and remove old paint using a scraper. Make sure to wear the appropriate goggles to protect your eyes from falling paint flakes.
From there, prep the walls using a sponge mop with a TSP and water solution. Rinse and allow enough time for walls to dry completely before painting begins. Complete preparation also includes filling cracks and holes in the walls and making sure that all surfaces are clean and dry from top to bottom.
4. Prime the walls. If you want a professional end result, priming the walls is an essential step that can’t be overlooked. Priming will prevent excess paint from being used and will also ensure that the desired shade shows up on the walls without fading.
As a note, if you’re not making a dramatic color change to the walls, priming may not be necessary.
5. Start painting! Once the prep work is out of the way, you can get down to the task at hand. It’s best to begin by painting trim and baseboards with painter’s tape on the walls. Next, paint the ceilings so that paint doesn’t drip down onto freshly painted walls.
Finally, you can move on to painting each wall, vertically and side-to-side. When painting, make sure that you wear appropriate painting attire to protect your clothing and put down a drop cloth to cover carpeting or wood flooring.