Tired of the room’s paint color but have lived with it because the thoughts of having the room unusable for days was a deterrent to re-painting? Paint any room in the house to a more eye appealing color in a day with these tips and tricks.
Purchase Paint Ahead of Time
Painting a room in a day requires some forethought and a trip to the paint store before the day of painting. Decide upon the paint color for the room and make all the required purchases (paint, paint brushes, etc.) before the big day. Procure any other items needed for painting, such as ladder and drop cloths, before painting day arrives.
Cover Up Furniture and Clean Walls
Get an early start on painting day and move out all small furniture pieces, then move larger furniture pieces to the center of the floor and cover with drop cloths or old bedding.
Remove all wall décor and nails, then clean walls with a Swiffer-type duster to remove dust and cobwebs (paint won’t adhere to dirty surfaces) and spot clean any dirty fingerprints or wall smudges with spray cleaner and a damp sponge.
Patrol the Borders of the Room
Using painter’s tape, tape off any borders in the room that are not to be painted, such as door and window frames and moldings. Remove all the outlet and light switch covers around the room and place the material that is being used as drop cloths on the floor around the border of the room.
Skip a Painting Step to Save Time and Money
To paint a room in a day, paint drying time has to be saved. That time, along with money, can be saved by purchasing a room paint that is self-priming when painting over a dark wall with a lighter color of paint. Self-priming paint contains primer and allows painters to skip the painting step of priming the walls before applying the paint color. Self-priming paint will cost less than primer and paint purchased separately, plus two hours of primer drying time will be saved.
When painting light colored room walls with another light colored paint, the priming step can be skipped if good quality paint is used and two coats of paint are applied.
Time to Paint the Room
Begin by painting a two inch swath around the room at the ceiling and around door and window frames. These are the room areas that should already be taped off and can be painted quickly and precisely using an angled brush or paint sponge tool.
Fill in the unpainted wall spaces with a paint roller (choose the right paint roller nap for the surface) and paint in an overlapping W or M shaped paint strokes to prevent streaking and give smooth, uniform paint coverage. Keep a damp rag handy to immediately wipe up any paint splatters.
Between Paint Coats
Speed up the paint drying time by turning on a floor fan in the room, the air circulation will speed up the drying time between paint coats. Cover the paint can by placing the can lid on loosely, cover the paint tray and brush with plastic wrap, making sure the plastic wrap touches the paint to prevent the paint from forming a dry skim on the top surface.
After an hour of drying time, touch the wall paint where the painting first started to check for dryness. If the paint is completely dry, begin applying the second coat of paint, let dry and inspect the room for any paint touch-ups that may be needed.
All that’s left to do at the end of the day is to clean up the painting tools so they can be used for another painting project, then relax and enjoy the room you painted in a day.