- Use an angled brush to apply the wall color around any windows or doors.
- Paint the corners (which is called “cutting in”) before painting the largest part of the wall. To cut in, create a 3” border from each edge toward the center of the wall. This becomes a frame, which you will fill in with the roller. (Note: Cut in as you progress around the room, not all at one time before painting the room.)
- Just as you did with the ceiling, use the roller to create a large “M” and then fill in, according to steps 3-5 on the preceding page. (Note: If you are not using a roller, simply apply the first paint strokes in a sweeping arc pattern and then fill in with finishing strokes. Either apply all the finishing strokes horizontally in the same direction, or all vertically in the same direction.)
- Allow your base coat to dry for 2-4 hours. What you will do at this point depends on your project. If you are creating a decorative finish, you may begin immediately, or your instructions might lead you to paint a second coat of the base coat.
For a solid finish, you most likely will need to apply at least one more coat of the same color. (However, if your color has provided good coverage, or you are using a single-coat paint, such as BEHR 1-Coat, subsequent coats may not be necessary.)
- When the walls are complete, paint the trim next. Professional painters paint the window trim first, followed by the doors and door trim. To reduce the potential for mistakes, apply painters tape to the dry walls, window panes, and around the trim, and use an angled brush for precise coverage.