Your Guide on How To Paint A Wall

One of the most effective ways to transform your room is to use the right colours to suit your décor and mood. Paint can rejuvenate a room if done correctly.


Painting a room may take from a few hours to two days depending upon the amount of effort that needs to go into a project and your planning skills.

Think of painting from ceilings to walls i.e. from top to bottom approach to make process easy.

Use drop cloths to avoid staining your carpet or floor.

Remove all furniture from the room

Use masking tape to mask electrical sockets, switches, trims to avoid any paint spillage.

Choose your colour scheme and calculate the amount of paint required to paint the wall. Buy little more than desired quantity as you may need some paint for future touch-ups and textured walls will need 10-20% more paint than the recommended coverage.

Check our guide to calculate the quantity of paint you need.

Check our guide to select right roller and paint brush for a better finish.


Tools & Products You Will Need

  • Good Quality Interior Paint
  • Masking Tape
  • Wallboard filler
  • Drop Cloth
  • Work Platform or a 2-3 step ladder
  • Bucket
  • Sander

Step By Step Process To Paint A Wall

Step 1: Preparing the Surface Preparing

The wall is actual key to a great paint finish that will last for long time.

a) Ensure that existing paint finish is not cracking, peeling and there are no surface imperfections.

b) Fill any cracks or holes with a good quality filler. Sand down the filler and remove all sanding dust from surface.

c) Give the surface a good clean with TSP cleaner or a ready to use paint surface cleaning product such as Selleys Sugar Soap.

Note:  Check out our pre-paint prep detailed guide to make sure you are ready to paint like a pro.

Step 2: Cutting in

Use a good quality cutting in brush for cutting in around walls and ceilings. Dip the brush halfway in paint and apply in smooth even strokes along the ceiling line and then switch to roller. For walls cutting in one wall at a time will help before switching to a roller.

Step3: Rolling the Paint

Load the roller with paint and start a few inches away from corners. You can paint creating an “M”, a “W” or in a zig zag pattern overlapping your lines. Work in sections and with a top to bottom approach. Investigate for any runs and run the roller from top to bottom covering them without applying too much pressure on roller.

Finally, you can roll from sideways getting close to edges on ceilings and skirtings. Don’t pressure the rollers to squeeze paint out of them just reload them if you think you need more paint. Apply two decent coats allowing first coat of paint to dry for at least 2-3 hours depending upon the manufacturers recommendation.