Rollers, a roller tray, and extender handles are among the actual painting tools needed. A drop cloth and masking tape are also needed. While old sheets may be used, a drop cloth made especially for this purpose will not soak through as quickly as a sheet. Brushes and small rollers will almost certainly be needed. Paint stirring sticks, as well as the actual paint, are needed. A ladder or step stool may be needed, depending on the area to be painted. Lighting is crucial because art flaws are often difficult to see in low light. Halogen work lights can be used if the space cannot be adequately illuminated by daylight or room lights. Finally, since paint fumes are hazardous, a fan or two may be needed to keep the space ventilated. Infinity Painting is an excellent resource for this.
Mask door frames and the edges of where the paint is intended to finish until you have the correct clothing and equipment. It will seem that painting a perfectly straight edge with a paintbrush and a careful hand is possible, but the job will look shoddy unless great care is taken. The time spent taping the area will save you time painting and give you a crisp edge.
Primer should be used first if the surface to be painted is bare wood or very old paint. This is a white paint-like material with a much thicker consistency than real paint. The old coat of paint should be scraped away if it is flaking. Wear a mask while grinding paint because paint dust is harmful to the lungs.
Start painting in a hidden area of the room, such as behind a bookcase or in a back corner, until the actual painting begins. When you gain experience, you’ll be able to move on to more critical tasks, leaving mistakes hidden. Fill the paint pan with an inch or two of paint, enough to cover the bottom of the reservoir but not the ridged, sloped part. Dip the roller into the paint, then rotate it around the pan to “paint” the rim. The aim is to fully cover the roller in paint. There should be enough paint on the roller to prevent it from pouring off, but drips are appropriate (which is why the drop cloth is down).