How to Paint a Room Like a Pro | Ask This Old House

How to Paint a Room Like a Pro | Ask This Old House



we've been busy making design decisions we'd like to update the colors in this room go a little darker on top white on the bottom as well as the trim around the windows so we've got our paint samples on the wall we did the ceiling that was good thanks it made a huge difference in the room which was really amazing but before we got to the walls we were thinking about the windows and that's where we got really nervous the windows the trim was really dark we didn't want to slap a lot of paint on there get paint on the glass or jam up the window so we got stuck okay but I'm happy that you start with the ceiling that's the first thing you do when you paint a room but I will show you the right sequence to do this job awesome okay since you've already had done the ceiling let's work on the trim why are we working on the trim first and not the walls okay it's very easy for you to cut the trim first and then the walls okay okay we're gonna start with the window here I'm gonna show you this brother okay this is a liquid mask I'm just gonna apply to the glass to avoid overspill paint he goes on white and dries clear okay you want to try to do some work sure always it started at the corner yeah going across yeah long strokes mm-hmm you can go back and forth all the way down and then you can go yep and don't need too much pressure on the brush just go nice and smooth okay beautiful well now that the liquid mask has turned from white to clear it's time for me to put my second and final coat well Rebecca or waiting for the mascara to dry on a second coat and I'm gonna show it well with big for your trim this is a white semi-gloss finish okay okay it's extra this one here you can see it yeah it looks a little shinier than what I was expecting I was thinking maybe an eggshell or a matte for the trim well let me walk through this paint finishes here at the high gloss finish really hard to apply but it's really easy to clean most popular for doors and trim semi-gloss same thing is really hard to apply really good for trim easy to clean up we'll pick up uh people's hand grease and oil and everything really good to clean up satin finish has less Sheen than the other two not so hard to apply but it's not as durable as the other two first ones one of the most popular finished for cabinetries and some trim then we go for the eggshell which has this flatter look really good for walls and plastered walls matte finish is no Sheen at all and it's also not good for high-traffic areas because it's really hard to clean all right then I guess we're going with the semi-gloss sounds good looks like the my masking liquid is drying turning clear time to paint some trim all right sounds good okay so first what we're going to do this again and I am going to pour some of this paint in this little bucket you should never work out of the painting cans you know why you might bring some paint and a breeze you might being some dust into the painting can and then you're gonna ruin – okay okay I always get a little container and drop some of this meat right in there that's good enough so now also before we paint I'm going to add some paint additive until the paint that we have so this way the paint won't fall too thick into the window frames okay let's make this two together let's go nice and easy okay back over ready to paint I got this inch and a half painting brush the trick is you don't have to put this brush way dip into the bucket all you got to do is use the two fingers just like that okay okay this is the one we're gonna use for this area here remember your fingers that's it good that looked good alright where do I start always from the top start it right at that corner and go all the way down alright doc I don't need to be so fast with the glass okay remember we have a mask and liquid already dry all right okay before you paint I'm gonna stick this by the knife right there this way you don't put any paint on the jab sounds great nice mm-hmm okay that's work that's by the knife down again we're starting to look good already yeah a lot brighter yeah okay now we get into this part no don't mean that yeah we're gonna push this up we're gonna bring this down okay so we should have some a little bit to do here a little bit to do that and that's it what we gotta do first always the inside yeah first yeah this masking the liquid is so much better than painters tape no it's better they put paint on windows and put paint on glass and you have to scrape there's a lot of work and a lot of time care Rebecca let's get the side of the trim okay we're gonna start by kind of just two and a half brush trick is here it keep parallel with the walls and the brush goes like this way okay one long stroke you go all the way down and then we paint the face okay right waiting for the first coat on a trim to dry let's work on a chair rail and door cases now you're gonna decide your cut you're gonna use a two and a half inch brushes again okay okay start from that corner okay yeah if you need to move your brush move it down why didn't we take tomorrow because professional painters like me and you we don't need tape look at that nice cool I like to call oh you big thank you it's called stargazer great and we use an eggshell finish for the walls here yeah that'll be nice with the semi-gloss on the trim it'll be perfect okay the car is good I'm coming behind you with a roller I'm gonna roll the walls and like painting brushes there's a lot to choose from what I pick for this project is this 9-inches microfiber rollers okay that will give us a nice finish especially because we're using egg show since the bottom of the walls and the baseboards are the same colors we're going to use the same finish for the freshman with the second coat we're going to use eggshell for the walls and semi-gloss finish for the baseboard because it's part of the trip okay I saved the best for last it's time to remove the masking liquid that we apply early this morning okay like this take a razor knife and go nice and easy around the sash okay take a look at this just lift one end right okay so cool his neck oh that's awesome it's so clean wow that is really cool that's amazing liquid masking well I gotta say Rebecca you pick nice colors for this room well thanks so much for your help I really appreciate it enjoy a wedding thank you this is one more thing off the to-do list

35 thoughts on “How to Paint a Room Like a Pro | Ask This Old House

  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    You would think ladies would love their walls a hot pink color tone, but they usually go white or cream.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    To me this is just 'colouring in'.
    I thought painting involved preparation..?

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    Oh no cutting in atrocious pros don't need tape

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    Good they changed that hideous window color. Looks a lot better.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    with they way he is rolling the wall he def is not a pro

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    House Painting techniques are so important, amazing, love what your doing. Important to know when maintaining your home.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    All you need for a mask, is paint. Let the paint dry and then scrape it off the window, with a razor knife. IT WILL SAVE YOU MONEY! A little bottle finger nail polish size, cost you $10.00 on eBay.
    Abteilung 502 Liquid Paint Mask ABT11

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    Better to spray it on with an airless sprayer.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    the cutting in along the top near the ceiling is miles out

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    Liquid Mask: That's great, I never even knew that existed! Thank you!

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    "Liquid mask" pfffft. Ain't nobody got time for that! I nvr even used to use tape when I painted for a living

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    Masking Liquid

    Paint ! cant find it i saw Gardner Bender
    White Liquid Electrical Tape 4 oz @ home depot

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    he is def not a pro painter if he rolls the so called W pattern

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    Painted wall white but can't change the thermostat or outlet covers… What is life.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    So it would appear I’m a professional, either that or he’s a bad painter.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    Its nice to see a painting video where they actually remove the outlet covers. I’ve seen quite a few videos where they leave the covers on and paint around them

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    She's as thick as cold peanut butter!

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    Take that thermostat off of the wall!

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    8:37 I don’t know why she’s so surprised, it’s not that hard to guess what are those for…

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    Id pay by the hour

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    The last owner of my house put paint on the window jams. The windows are nearly impossible to open now.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    I'd ruff up the surfaces first with a quick sanding. Might have considered using a primer. Cutting horizontal is the tuffest cut to do.Good tips for beginners.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    Be careful, don't let the liquid mask get on the wood, or if it does, wipe it off, or let it dry and peel it off. Otherwise the paint won't stick to the wood

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    This guy needs his own YouTube channel. Great educational teacher for DIY

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    I always cringe when a customer wants a matte finish on areas that are gonna be touched often. Semi gloss or high gloss for trim, doors, and window sills, otherwise it will constantly look dirty after a few months.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    Wow its just like painting

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    Is that the dog whisperer guy

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    I am going to be buying a old house, almost 160 years old. And it has some wood paneling. I am not looking to pull it down but I’d like to paint it, without the wood paneling grain showing. What would be the best method, I was thinking a wood putty.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    Lol she must have allergies because her nose and upper lip is red af.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    Really sad that "wall to ceiling" cut had no explanation…

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  • July 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    Did anyone else get an accubrush ad

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