How To Paint A Wall

Step 1 – Prep the Walls

The right preparation gives you a smooth, clean finish. You’ll want to clean the surface, prime, make any repairs and sand the walls.

Step 2 – Cutting In

When painting along the trim and under ceilings, use an angled bush to get into areas that a roller can't reach. The technique is called “cutting in.” 

Step 3 – Let’s Roll

A roller is typically better than a brush for walls and other large surface areas. Use the correct type of roller cover for the type of paint you're using.

Step 4 – Learn the Technique

In an area about 3’ x 3’, roll on paint in the shape of an N, from bottom left to top right. Fill the center horizontally, then lightly smooth with vertical strokes.

Step 5 – Remove Tape

Painter's tape keeps paint off trim and gives clean, straight paint lines. Press down well along tape edge so paint won’t bleed. Remove tape before paint dries. 

Step 6 – Enjoy Your Space

Kick back and admire your new room! Make sure walls and trim are dry before moving furniture back against the freshly painted surfaces.

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One-Coat Confidence

One-Coat Confidence

With premium Dutch Boy® paint, fine tools from Purdy® and a little know-how, you’ll get one-coat coverage in three easy steps.

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Turn a find into a favorite with chalky paint. With endless design options, you’ll add vintage character to any furniture piece.


Choosing the Right Paint
How to Clean
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