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Yes, there is a proper order in which to paint your space. First gather all of your tools and your paint. Make sure the surfaces are clean. Remove dust, dirt and any stains by using a little mild dish washing liquid and a soft sponge. Rinse well afterward to remove all of the soap residue. Dust and dirt on the walls or the ceiling can cause a finish that is not smooth.

The order of painting is ceiling first, trim second and walls last.

The first step is to cut in the ceiling with a good tapered 2″ or 2 1/2″ trim brush. Do a small section with the brush then roll that area making sure to keep a wet edge. When using the roller, rub your hand over the surface to brush off any loose fabric, then wet the cover and squeeze all excess water out. A damp roller cover works much better than a dry one. You will have poured some of your ceiling color into a paint tray then rolled the cover into the paint and across the ridges in the tray to remove excess paint. Don’t overdo this step (we want the cover to hold the paint). Start rolling in a corner of the room and blend the paint into the edge that you previously painted.

In the next post we will talk about painting the trim without the use of tape!

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