How Long Does It Take To Paint A Room? We just painted my son’s room and I’ll share the journey, tips, and answer some questions along the way.
This post is in collaboration with Behr. All thoughts and opinions are my own. A big thanks to Behr for providing me with the Behr Ultra Scuff Defense Interior Satin Enamel Paint
This is my son’s room, and as you can see it still has the nursery accent wall I painted.
We started by talking with him about what he he was envisioning. He was requesting an accent wall, and my husband was hoping for all white. Even if we went with all white I knew we’d have to paint all of the walls because matching the paint would be really difficult.
How do I choose the right paint? Next we headed over to our hardware store to grab some paint samples. We brought them home the samples so we could see what they look like in the light of my son’s room. You can also buy small samples of paint and paint it onto the walls to see what it looks like.
How do I start painting a room?
We moved my son’s bed and desk to the middle of the room and covered it with a drop cloth. We moved out everything else. Next we covered the floor with drop cloths as well.
I used painters tape to tape the baseboards, molding, and anything we didn’t want paint to get on.
What order do you paint a room?
My husband painted the Behr Ultra Scuff Defense Vibrant White Paint in a diagonal line on the wall that would become our accent wall. We would need this to dry before we could do more to that wall so we did that first.
Look at that original color! Those walls were supposed to be white, I always said they looked white with a brown tinge. Now you can totally see it, and so did the rest of my family (finally lol). This is why I said we’d have to paint everything with a new white color, it would have been so hard to match.
My husband started painting the ceiling. This amazing Behr Ultra Scuff Defense has a primer built in and it went on nicely. It’s meant to hold up against wall scuffs too which is great for kids and we picked the satin finish.
While my husband was painting the ceiling my son and I started painting all of the edges. This would be the area the roller couldn’t quite reach like above baseboards, around closets and doors, corners, and the creases between the ceiling and walls.
After the ceiling was done we started painting the walls. We painted 3 of the walls with the vibrant white paint.
How long should you wait between coats?
We followed the Behr paint recommendation of 2 hours before we put the second coat on.
After the second coat of paint was done the lighting was fading in the room. We spent between 4-6 hours on the room and stopped for the day.
On the second day, we were ready to tackle our accent wall. I used Frog tape to tape the edges and the diagonal line.
My son had picked firecracker red for part of the accent wall. Red is his favorite color. My husband rolled it on while I painted the edges.
My son picked blackout black for his other accent color. My husband rolled it on while I painted the edges.
While the first coat of those colors were drying we touched up spots we missed with the vibrant white.
We waited 2 hours and then did the second coat of the firecracker red and blackout black.
How do you remove painters tape without peeling paint?
We waited until both coats of the painting was done and the paint was dry to the touch. Pulling at a 45-90 degree angle helps.
There were a few spots where the paint bled under the tape. We touched it up with the vibrant white paint. I was a little nervous it would take a few coats but the primer was so good that it only took 1 round of touching up.
The accent wall and touch ups took most of the second day and again the light was moving out of the room so we stopped for the day.
How long should paint dry before hanging?
We moved my son’s furniture in on day 3. Following the paint instructions, we will wait 4 weeks before we put up a couple pictures he wants to hang on the white walls. He’s also hoping for a strip of LED lights around the top perimeter of his room.
He is so happy with how the room turned out.
Thank you Behr paint for supplying the paint to do this project. We were able to do something as a family, and we could teach him a life skill in the process.
If you’re only painting it one color you can do it in 1 day
If you’re painting molding, doors, or an accent wall it will take 2-3 days.
If you have an accent wall it’ll add on a day.
Other factors that might make it take longer include
How many people are helping paint the room.
How big the room is
How tall the ceilings are
Is the wall a dark color, then it might take more coats to cover.
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