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How to Paint a Wall

How to Paint a Wall

This week We Are Coupons seems to be stuck in painting and decorating mode. With some help from Lowes, you will learn how to paint the simple things around your home and of course, thanks to We Are Coupons and their amazing Lowes Money Off Coupons you will save money too. Today let’s learn how to paint a wall.


Preparation is the key to successfully painting your wall. Have a look around and you will see there are many obstacles in your way, a wall is not just a wall. There plug sockets and light switches all of which need to be covered and removed. There may be window frames that you may need to mask and there may be a skirting board or cornice that you don’t want to paint over. Furniture too, it makes sense to move the furniture to another room if you can and then, of course, the floor, you need to throw dust sheets and covers down before going any further.

Prepping the walls

You must clean down the walls to begin with and in some cases sand the wall to obtain a texture that paint will adhere too. Many modern paints do not require a primer, but it is well worth using a primer for a first coat, and many professionals will advise this little extra effort. Once your walls are clean and primed you can begin to paint.


You should choose the right paint for your walls and of course the ideal color. Lowes can really help when choosing the right paint and can even help you choose the perfect color as well as help you estimate how much paint you will need.

Once you have the paint home and are ready to paint make sure mix the paint well, this also applied to white paint. Start by painting the edges or trim with a brush. Slow gentle strokes and not too much paint is the way to do this properly. Once you have done the edges you can begin to paint the body of the wall with a roller. Again, do not use too much paint. Follow a gentle M or W pattern working from the top down. Do not rush and the wall will soon be covered.

Leave the paint to dry for an hour or two and then apply another coat. You may need to apply two or three coats depending on the texture of the wall or if you are painting light-colored paint on a dark surface. Full and even coverage of paint is essential. 

Once coated leave overnight and the next morning any immediately clear spots will show, touch them up with a brush and leave again for a few hours. Once this is done you can remove all your covers and tape and your all is done.

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