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DIY: Paint a Bare Wall

Liven up the walls in your bedroom with the help of this step-by-step guide

Photography: Jun Pinzon

There are days when we simply want to change things up at home—including the colors of the walls. While you can always try to do it on your own with the help of the step-by-step guide below, it's always best to consult with professionals first. You may even ask for inputs from your trusted carpenter!

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  • Steel Brush
  • Small Brush (for hard-to-reach edges)
  • Paint Tray (for large surfaces)
  • Roller
  • Sanding Block (for removing loose paint)
  • Mask (for preventing inhalation of dust)
  • Masking Tape
  • Putty and putty knife 
  1. To avoid flaking, scrub and clean the wall before you start. Remove grime and dirt with soap and water. You can use a homemade solution, too.
  2. Check the surface for uneven spots. Apply putty when needed.
  3. Cover lighting or electric fixtures with masking tape so that it won’t get stained. Turn off electricity while doing so.
  4. Apply a white primer for the first layer.
  5. Apply four coatings of paint (varies with paint label).
  6. Using a roller, paint with V or W strokes on the surface. Then without lifting the roller, fill the gaps with parallel strokes.
  7. Get a paintbrush and paint the surface with up-and-down motions. Use smaller brushes for corners.
  8. Let the paint dry, wait for at least two to three hours. 

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