How to Paint the Walls of a Room

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Mark Osbourne founder of Manor Works Painting discusses how to paint the walls of a room.

    Mark Osborne

    Mark Osborne is the owner and original founder of Manor Works Painting. After working his way through college running the painting operations of student-based companies, Mark went on to get an MBA in Entrepreneurship. While in school, Mark saw an unmet need by many homeowners. No company was offering year-round painting services in a consistent and professional manner. The idea behind Manor Works was born. In 1998, Mark started Manor Works on the principle of providing homeowners with consistent levels of quality on a year round basis. Over the last 10 years Mark has worked to build Manor Works into a full-service painting company servicing metropolitan Washington D.C. Mark intends to grow the company geographically and recently began an expansion into the North Carolina market. Mark continues to be interested in concepts he studied in school and is exploring the possibility of franchising and licensing.

    Hi! I am Mark Osbourne, the founder of Manor Works Painting and today we are talking about how to paint the interior of a bedroom. We have already finished cutting the walls and now we are ready to move on to the next step, which is going to be to roll them out. I am holding here a nine-inch roller frame. This would be very common tool, although they do come in different sizes and we are using a half-inch nap. Nap is the circular, fuzzy aspect that slides on the top of roller frame. We are using a half-inch because its a great balance between holding a lot of paint, but not too much to create any ridges. They do come in a variety of different sizes and you will need to pick the best one for your application. I also am going to be using an adjustable roller pole, which screws into the bottom of the frame like this and the beauty of this is that its now adjustable, so that while you are painting, you can standup without having to bend over to paint things over your head, but also things below you without having to bend over. It will also make a job go a lot faster.

    Now that I have showed you the tools of job, let me show you a little bit about how to do the rolling on these particular walls with modern latex based paints in a low sheen, which is what we are using in this application. Its not as important to follow a pattern when applying the paint by roller as the paint does blend in very well. However, often times, painters will paint in an M or a W shape to make sure that they get adequate coverage as they go along. By using an adjustable pole, the painter can paint above his head, mid level, and below his head simply by adjusting the length of the pole. The key when rolling is to apply the paint in one direction and to back roll into the drier area to ensure adequate coverage and also to minimize lap marks. The final tip is not to apply too much paint in one application. Depending on the severity of the color change or the condition of the room that you are painting, multiple coats may be required to get adequate coverage. Do not try to do it simply in one coat or you could end up with runs, or streaks, or lap marks.

    Unfortunately there is no specific guideline on when a color is going to require multiple coats. The best rule of filing is to apply one coat of paint, step back, take a look at it and see how well it covered. Some colors and some manufacturers as well as some specific products are going to cover better than other as well. In this particular case, we are using a high quality latex flat paint, but as you note, the color difference is fairly severe. We are going from a pink based magenta style color to a very brown based color with red undertones. In this particular application, we are going to have to cut the walls twice and roll the walls twice to ensure adequate coverage. Some colors are just naturally not good at covering. The worst offender, its typically a red based color, particularly a deep red and second worst color for getting adequate coverage is a pale yellow.