How to Paint Home Interior: Order of Work
Painting Walls and Ceilings
The most important principle when painting walls and ceilings is to work to a system. The aim is to cover the area evenly, avoiding visible ‘joins’ where paint overlaps. Work quickly so that the edges of the painted area will not dry before the adjoining area is covered. If you have to stop halfway through, try to do so at a natural break such as a corner.
Order of Painting a Wall
Work away from sources of natural light, especially if you are using a light-coloured paint over a light-coloured ground, or applying a second coat of any colour. Start in the top right-hand corner and proceed from right to left. (If you are left-handed, work in the opposite direction.)
If you are using a brush, work in sections 60cm/2ft square, as shown: complete one vertical strip before moving onto the next, and start each strip at the top. If you are using a roller, work in 60cm/2ft strips.
Order of Painting a Room
Paint a room in the following order. First, paint the ceiling, working away from the main source of natural light. Then come the walls, and after them paint the window frames and doors. Next paint any mouldings and picture rails, and finish by painting the skirting boards (baseboards).
Of course, you can paint a ceiling from a stepladder, but there is the disadvantage that you have to climb down frequently to move it along. Alternatively, if the ceiling is not too high, you can simply fit an extension handle to a roller.
Order of Painting a Ceiling
Work in strips about 60cm/2ft wide, away from the source of natural light. First cut-in edges using a narrow brush. Paint one complete strip, then work back in a new row to the end where you started.
However, it is much easier and much less tiring to paint a ceiling when standing on a platform. Set up a pair of stepladders or trestles and lay a sturdy plank or scaffold board across; ensure that the structure is secure before using it.
Cutting-in Using a Small Brush
Before painting any section with a brush or roller, paint the edges along, for example, ceiling lines, skirting boards (baseboards), internal corners, window frames and door frames with a narrow brush or a cutting-in brush. Work a little way ahead of the main paintwork — although not too far, or the edges will dry before they are overlapped.
At all costs, avoid standing on a chair to paint a ceiling.
Applying the Paint
Whether you are using a wide brush, roller or pad, apply the paint in random directions, working out from the corners where the edges have been painted, overlapping and criss-crossing the strokes. When the paint runs out or you complete a section, finish with a light upward stroke to remove brush or roller marks.
To paint awkward areas such as stairwells, construct a platform using a stepladder and a straight ladder. Set up the stepladder on the landing, well back from the top step. Lean the straight ladder against the head wall of the staircase, with the bottom resting against a lower stair. The ends of the ladder should be wrapped to protect the wall. Then lay a strong plank or scaffold board across. If the ladders are more than 1.5m/5ft apart, use two boards, one on top of the other for support.