To apply caulking to a gap or crack:
- Cut the tip of the caulking tube to a 45° angle so the hole is the width of the crack.
- Puncture the seal in the tube several times using a nail or the seal punch on a caulking gun.
- Hold the caulking gun at a 45° angle so the opening in the tube is parallel to the surface.
- Lay down a smooth, even bead of caulk with little or no excess.
- Smooth the bead with your finger before it sets up. Dampening your finger with water (latex caulk) or mineral spirits (silicone caulk) can make smoothing easier.
- Allow caulking to dry thoroughly before painting or getting wet.
Painting a Room
Once the room has been prepped and you’re ready to paint:
- Remove furniture, wall hangings, light switch and receptacle covers.
- Apply safe release painter’s tape along baseboards and around window and door trim.
- Cover floor with tarp or plastic sheeting.
- Cut in ceiling edges and around light fixtures with brush.
- Paint ceiling with roller. Unpainted textured ceilings may be hard to paint.
- Mix the gallons of wall paint together in a 5-gallon bucket.
- Cut in the walls with a brush around the ceiling, switches and plugs, windows and doors, baseboards, and along inside corners.
- Use a quality roller and cover with a 1/2” to 3/4” nap.
- Hook roller screen over the side of 5-gallon bucket.
- Dip roller in bucket and use screen to remove excess.
- Start at one corner of room and apply paint vertically to the wall over a 2’ wide area.
- Use light pressure on the roller at first, then press harder as the roller becomes less saturated with paint. Move the roller at a moderate pace to prevent splattering.
- Go back over the area to spread and even out the paint.
- Dip the roller in the bucket again and move to the adjoining 2’ area. Keep a wet edge between each section and smooth out any lines or drips.
- Clean up the brush, roller, bucket, and screen with water and dishwashing detergent in a sink or outside with a garden hose.
- If you’ll be using the same paint again the next day, wrap the wet roller in a plastic shopping bag and seal it with a tie to keep it from drying out.
- After the walls have dried, remove tape and paint the trim with a brush, going with the grain of the wood.
- Make sure the paint has dried thoroughly before hanging pictures and installing switch and outlet covers to keep them from sticking to the wall.
- Homeowner’s Guide to Paint Primer (article)
- Homeowner’s Guide to Caulk (article)
- Interior and Exterior House Painting Tips (video/article)
- Interior Painting Preparation (video)
- How to Paint Walls (video)
- How to Paint Trim (video)