8 Interior Painting and Papering Tips for Your Indoor Projects

8 Interior Painting and Papering Tips for Your Indoor Projects

Because many people put outdoor plans on hold when it gets cold, fall and winter are the best times to begin indoor painting and papering projects. 

While your interior projects are usually best left to professionals to achieve optimum results, for those of you who want to do it alone, we thought we'd help you out.

In this post, we'll provide you with 8 tips for painting and papering the inside of your home -- four for each home improvement technique. 


1. Prime and patch: A good primer will allow paint to stick for many additional years. Further, it will cover up darker paint tones so that a lighter color is possible. You might also want to consider priming over patches as well. Primer will keep paint tones evenly across all parts of the wall, and will enable you to touch up any spots that you missed.

2. Be consistent: Painting a room requires finesse. Learn the basics of consistency and stroke before beginning a large job. Brush strokes will show if done wrong, so always coat walls evenly. Use a tiny roller around corners and windows for a uniform coat. A 3-inch roller is a life saver when you are painting a room, so invest in one before you begin.

3. Painter's tape: Using painter's tape on an interior paint job will save you a thousand headaches, but using it correctly will save you time and money. Apply as much painter's tape as needed around trim, ceilings, and windows. Then, let your paint dry for no less than 24 hours. Once it's dry, do not rip the tape off all at once. Instead, gently cut where the tape meets the paint with a utility knife, and pull the tape slowly. This cuts the film connection and keeps a straight paint line.

4. Style: To avoid lap marks, start from the bottom up with a roller and maintain a wet edge. The wet edge will keep your lines straight and even, and stop any "striping" that might occur. In order to keep a wet edge, do not stop painting the room once you start. If done right, your end result will be a perfectly and beautifully painted room.


1. Backing: A paper lining on the wall behind the wallpaper will stop it from expanding and shrinking. It will also keep it from stretching and allow the paste to dry quicker. Paper backing is also the perfect way to find out sizes, cuts, and spacing, making your actual project that much easier. 

2. Alignment: As time goes by, all homes settle and become uneven, so never assume that your walls are perfectly level. If you tackle a wallpapering project without establishing plumb, you're in for a bad time. Before you begin wallpapering, use either a plumb bob or a level to establish the wall's evenness. This will ensure a uniform and consistent job across each wall.

3. Over cut: The first strip of wallpaper should be 3-6 inches longer than the wall that you are applying it to, and each subsequent strip should be 2-4 inches longer. This is done so that all patterns match and are even across the wall. The extra paper also helps negotiate spacing issues and keeps the pattern even.

4. Borders: A border at the top of the wall is a fine addition to an already wallpapered room. But keep in mind, you will have to have special paste to apply the border correctly; regular papering paste won't do. Wait 3-4 days before applying a border to a freshly papered room. 

Remodeling a room should be fun, but should also increase your home's value. We hope our tips help you turn a dull room into a place of beauty in your home.

For more information on how we can help you with any of your indoor painting or wallpapering projects, please contact us for a free estimate.


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