How to Paint a Room

This is the second in a three-part series on interior painting in your home:

Once the room has been prepped (See Interior Painting Preparation), mix several gallons of paint together in a five gallon bucket. This is known as “boxing” paint because it allows an entire four gallon box of paint to be mixed together at the same time.

Boxing the paint.

Use a brush to paint around the windows, doors, baseboard, and ceiling before rolling the walls. A high quality roller cover makes the work go faster and can result in a big difference in the finished job. While lambskin covers cost twice as much as those made from synthetic fibers, they hold more paint and are worth the extra cost. Choose a roller cover with 1/2” to 3/4” nap, since they hold more paint than smooth covers.

Trimming the walls.

Professional painters often work straight out of a five gallon bucket by hooking a roller screen over the rim. Face the roller screen toward you, and load the roller with plenty of paint. Start at a corner of the room and work away from it. Once the bulk of the paint is off the roller, work back over the section you have just done to even the paint out.

Roller screen on five gallon bucket.

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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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