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Painting is one of the most common DIY home improvement projects. We’re helping new homeowners David and Melissa Laster paint several rooms in their 70-year-old house before they move in.

Interior Painting Prep

The first step is to prepare the rooms for painting. To prep the rooms, we:

  • Removed old, exposed telephone lines on the baseboards.
  • Took off wall outlet and switch plate covers.
  • Removed the grills from ductwork.
  • Took down any unused picture hangers or other hardware.
  • Applied two coats of spackling to any holes or defects.
  • Filled cracks with latex caulking, such as Titebond Painter’s Caulk.
  • Applied liquid deglosser to glossy paint on walls and trim.
  • Covered areas that we’re being painted.

To match the patched spots to the existing wall texture, you can use a sponge to dab drywall joint compound on the wall or apply spray wall texture, such as Homax Wall Texture in a can.

Watch our video on Interior Painting Preparation to find out more.

Painting Walls

When rolling paint on a ceiling, apply the second coat perpendicular to the first coat to ensure complete coverage and prevent “holidays” or missed spots.

While you can roll walls, spraying makes the job go faster. Before spraying cover anything you don’t want painted, such as doors and windows, with plastic sheeting.

When using a paint sprayer, such as the Wagner FLEXiO 590, make sure to:

  • Keep the sprayer parallel to the surface.
  • Stay a consistent 6” to 8” from the surface.
  • Apply several light coats to prevent runs.

Watch Spray Guns for Painting to find out more.

Painting Trim

Once the walls have been painted, it’s time to paint the trim.

Start by masking off any surfaces adjoining the trim with a quality masking tape, such as FrogTape. Use low adhesion masking tape, such as FrogTape Delicate Surface, on recently painted areas to keep from damaging the fresh paint.

Be sure to use a quality paintbrush that’s the right width for the trim you’re painting. While you can use either a natural or synthetic bristle brush for oil-based paint, you should only use a synthetic bristle brush when painting with water-based latex paint.

Watch How to Choose a Paintbrush to find out more.

Further Information

Other Tips from This Episode

Simple Solutions with Joe Truini: Protecting Surfaces When Painting

Applying self-adhesive food wrap before painting is an easy way to protect surfaces. Tear a piece off to the length needed, and apply it to the surface you want covered. After you finish painting, simply peel off the plastic wrap. (Watch Video)

Best New Products with Jodi Marks: Wooster Sherlock Paint Roller Frame

The Wooster paint roller frame uses a retaining spring to hold the sleeve securely while allowing for easy removal. Twin bearings reduce friction for easy turning. The Wooster Sherlock Paint Roller Frame is available at The Home Depot. (Watch Video)

Ask Danny Lipford: Paintbrush Cleaning and Care

To clean paintbrushes after use, wash thoroughly in the proper solvent, then clean the brush with a garden hose. Brush the bristles with a wire brush, allow the brush to dry, and store in a paper sleeve or wrap in newspaper. (Watch Video)

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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