Paint Walls Like a Pro: DIY Help

As soon as the air begins to cool around here, I get a FEVAH. A fevah to tackle more projects around the house…including painting interiors!

Benjamin Moore Platinum Gray paint on walls of modern farmhouse living room with tufted leather Chesterfield sofa. #benjaminmoore #platinumgray #paintcolor #graywalls #modernfarmhouse #livingroom #hellolovelystudio.

Paint Walls Like a Pro: DIY Help. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE Stonington Gray. See more of this living room in an 1875 historic farmhouse with modern farmhouse interiors RIGHT HERE. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio.

Paint Walls Like a Pro: DIY Help on Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #diy #painting #howtopaintwalls

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Raise your paintbrush if you are the DIY type who climbs the ladder and rolls on paint yourself! While I may not be the best interior painter around, I must say I do enjoy it. I like the workout and the satisfaction of transforming a space with a little time and money.

As a serial mover, my husband and I have tackled our fair share of home improvement projects, and since I truly cannot be trusted with power tools, the painting usually falls within my domain. Dozens of homes for us over the years added up to hundreds of walls to paint so I have some experience.

Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray paint color on wall in stairway of modern farmhouse. #benjaminmoore #stoningtongray #paintcolor #graypaintcolor

Paint Walls Like a Pro: DIY Help. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE Stonington Gray. See more of this living room in an 1875 historic farmhouse with modern farmhouse interiors RIGHT HERE. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio.

We have also hired professionals from time to time, and there are many occasions where it is wise to leave the job to them.

One of the 3,000 frustrating things about our current fixer upper when we bought it? The whole home had been freshly painted with one color…and it was the WRONG color for us. (Think an “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” shade of margarine.) The only upside? I guess it would have been more work to cover a darker color.

Belgian style modern farmhouse living room by Hello Lovely Studio

Paint Walls  Like a Pro: DIY Help. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White. See more of our home RIGHT HERE. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio.

Modern concrete lamp.

The exact lamps we have on our sideboard from Belgium: FIND HERE.

Rowley Linen Upholstery Sofa

Our sofa is a Belgian linen straight arm style from RH similar to THIS ONE.

Midcentury style leather and aluminum egg chair.

In case you need an egg chair in your life…FIND HERE (we have the desk chair version of this from RH)

How about you? Do you enjoy doing the work of painting yourself or do you think it’s for the birds? Today you’ll find some food for thought if you’re on the fence and helpful tips should you decide to get those walls painted DIY style.

Knotty alder rustic wood door to serene white bathroom. Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #frenchcountry #bathroom

Paint Walls  Like a Pro: DIY Help. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White. See more of our home RIGHT HERE. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Find a Turkish bath towel RIGHT HERE.

I’ll share a few paint colors that have worked well along the way as well.

The white we used for all of our interiors: BENJAMIN MOORE White.

Yep. The color is White, and don’t let anyone at the paint counter try to talk you out of this plain Jane name. It is the base white that other colors are mixed with so it is a pure, very light and bright white.

My favorite white paint colors (whites and greys). Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #bestwhitepaint #whitepaintcolors #interiorpainting #benjaminmoorewhite

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Benjamin Moore Platinum Gray paint on walls in modern farmhouse bedroom. #hellolovelystudio #bedroom #benjaminmoore #platinumgray #greywalls #modernfarmhouse #greyandblack

Paint Walls Like a Pro: DIY Help. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE Platinum Gray. See more of this bedroom in an 1875 historic farmhouse with modern farmhouse interiors RIGHT HERE. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Nightstand and mirror above bed: RH.

Time is Money. Will you have enough time to do it yourself? Hiring a professional may save you time, labor, and headache.

Beautiful grey walls (Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray) in an industrial farmhouse mudroom with industrial sprayer at stainless sink. #hellolovelystudio #modernfarmhouse #mudroom #benjaminmoore #stoningtongray #greypaint

Paint Walls Like a Pro: DIY Help. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE Stonington Gray. See more of this living room in an 1875 historic farmhouse with modern farmhouse interiors RIGHT HERE. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio.

Let’s Avoid the ER…yes? Painting walls is a physical workout…do you have physical limitations, vertigo, shaky hands, or issues impacting your safety and health? Allowing someone else to climb the ladder is money well spent, and your joints will thank you.

Ballerina etching and rustic shelves in dining room with white oak floor. Hello Lovely Studio.

Paint Walls  Like a Pro: DIY Help. Paint color on dining room walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White. See more of our home RIGHT HERE. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio.

Clipped corners wood stool.

Clipped Corners Stool: FIND HERE.

Scaffolding Woes. If you have high ceilings or a whole house of rooms which require paint, it’s likely a job to leave to a team of professionals with the proper equipment and expertise. When we built our prior French Country home, we left all of the interior painting to a team of professionals who used high tech sprayers and knocked out the job in no time.

Benjamin Moore Platinum Gray paint on walls in a modern farmhouse bedroom with leather Chesterfield sofa and red brick fireplace. #hellolovelystudio #bedroom #modernfarmhouse #benjaminmoore #platinumgray #greywalls

Paint Walls Like a Pro: DIY Help. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE Platinum Gray. See more of this bedroom in an 1875 historic farmhouse with modern farmhouse interiors RIGHT HERE. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Find a brown leather tufted Chesterfield sofa HERE.

Money Talks. Have a budget to pay for the the work to be done by professionals? Lucky you! Go pro, mama.

French Country romantic dining room by Hello Lovely Studio

Paint Walls Like a Pro: DIY Help. Paint Colors in our former dining room: Benjamin Moore White Sand (walls) and White Dove (furniture). Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Grain sack on table: A Beautiful Mess Home.

My go to whites: In our prior home, we had most of our walls painted Benjamin Moore White Sand, and here at the fixer upper, the bright white that worked best was Benjamin Moore White (yep, that’s right, W H I T E…the folks at the paint counter are destined to make you repeat the underwhelming mono-syllabic name of this color!).

Marble topped bathroom vanity. Hello Lovely Studio.

Paint Walls  Like a Pro: DIY Help. Paint color on our bathroom walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White. See more of our home RIGHT HERE. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio.

Painter's drop cloth.

Drop Cloth: FIND HERE

PURDY CORPORATION 14C811000 Premium Painting Kit, 6 Piece

Painting Kit: FIND HERE.

If painting an interior is a new adventure for you, I hope these 6 TIPS TO HELP will keep your stress level low and the WOW factor high.

  1. Remove furniture, lamps, and objects from the room or move them away from walls. Remove outlet and light switch plates to save time and effort taping off those areas.
  2. Cover the floor with a dropcloth.
  3. Prep work is important when you want to execute it like the pros. Repair any wall damage, cracks, and holes with joint compound or spackle. Allow to dry completely, then sand and smooth. Remove any dust by wiping down and vacuuming wall surfaces.
  4. You will most likely need to mask off with painter’s tape those areas you don’t want painted (trim, light fixtures, etc).
  5. To cut in, use an angled 2 1/2″ or 3″ quality paintbrush, using light pressure and smooth strokes. Move around the room, along the edges, as fast as you feel comfortable, keeping a wet edge. First cut out the wall – ceiling, then corners, then around outlets, then windows, then vents, and then the wall – floor. When the room is cut in entirely, you’re ready to roll.
  6. For rolling, start at the top of the wall and work your way down. Load your roller with paint and roll it on the wall in a W pattern. Then, fill in the W area with paint. Work quickly and keep a wet edge moving along the wall. If you notice you missed a spot, let it dry, keep moving, and go back later for touch-ups.
White kitchen with marble subway tile and window seat. Hello Lovely Studio.

Paint Walls  Like a Pro: DIY Help. Paint color on kitchen walls and window seat: BENJAMIN MOORE White. See more of our home RIGHT HERE. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio.

I love learning smart new tips, so if you have any…lay ’em on me!

Belgian style and European country charm in a living room with Belgian linen chaise and Belgian antique sideboard. Hello Lovely Studio. #benjaminmoorewhite #hellolovelystudio #livingroom #belgianstyle

Paint Walls  Like a Pro: DIY Help. Paint color on living room walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White. See more of our home RIGHT HERE. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio.

Feeling extra geeky and game for a few BONUS painting hacks? Check out these brilliant ones…

This is Tres Tray Smart. (See what I did there?) Line your paint tray with a disposable insert, aluminum foil, or a plastic bag for easier clean-up and less paint down the sink drain.

Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray in a luxurious bathroom with glass tile and black vanity. #hellolovelystudio #bathroomdesign #benjaminmoore #stoningtongray #greywalls #luxurybathroom

Paint Walls Like a Pro: DIY Help. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE Stonington Gray. See more of this living room in an 1875 historic farmhouse with modern farmhouse interiors RIGHT HERE. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio.

Glove Love. Consider wearing disposable gloves to avoid messy hands and to store paint brushes that you don’t want to dry out.  And don’t forget a mask…your lungs will thank you.

Benjamin Moore White paint in bedroom with shabby chic decor. Design and photo, Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #bedroom #alderdoor #shabbychic #frenchcountry #whitedecor #benjaminmoorewhite

Paint Walls  Like a Pro: DIY Help. Paint color on all walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White. See more of our home RIGHT HERE. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio.

Not Just for Laundry. For easier paint brush cleanup, add fabric softener to the water in which you soak brushes to prevent dryness and hardening of the bristles.

Modern farmhouse interior with white oak wood floor by Hello Lovely Studio

Paint Walls  Like a Pro: DIY Help. Paint color on all walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White. See more of our home RIGHT HERE. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Find a round wood pedestal dining table RIGHT HERE.

Find farmhouse lantern pendant light options HERE.

Knotty alder rustic front door - Hello Lovely Studio

Paint Walls  Like a Pro: DIY Help. Paint color on our entry walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White. See more of our home RIGHT HERE. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Vintage prayer chair is from France. Find a natural jute area rug RIGHT HERE.

Teak farmhouse stool.

Teak farmhouse stool: FIND HERE.

Diptyque candle on rustic wood stool in white bathroom - Hello Lovely Studio

Paint Walls  Like a Pro: DIY Help. Paint color on our bathroom walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White. Paint color on Ikea Molger bench: BENJAMIN MOORE Revere Pewter. See more of our home RIGHT HERE. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Diptyque candle: FIND HERE.

I once knocked over a gallon of paint and have never been soooooo glad that my drop cloth was one of those high quality more expensive ones! Not a drip of paint bled through to the creamy porcelain tile floor!

Any painting horror stories to share?

Rustic French Farmhouse Table
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Teak 3 Leg Stool
Bonjour Pillow
French Linen Upholstered Dining Chair
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Campaign Style End Table
Louis Upholstered Bench
Oak Laminate Flooring
Knotty Alder Interior Door
Alabaster 30″ Lamp
Louis Ghost Chair
Rustic Wood Candleholders
French Linen Dining Chair Set of 2
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Beachy White Slipcovered Armchair
Antiqued French Lamp
STOCKHOLM Framed Print
PARIS Framed Print
Light Grey Rattan Chair
Tulip Style Modern Round Dining Table
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
Oak Accent Stool
Bridge Kitchen Faucet (Stainless)
Jute ARea Rug
Leather Club Chair
French Linen Sofa
Venetian Etched Mirror (24″ x 36″)
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Polished Carrara Subway Tile
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
White Honeycomb Mosaic Tile
Fireclay Farm Sink
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Wicker Patio Chair
Teak Farmhouse Stool

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

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10 Comments

  1. Christie
    August 21, 2018 / 9:20 am

    Hello, I love your white leather( I believe) chair in your living room. Can you tell me where you got it or where I can get one like it. Thank you.

    • michele
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 10:44 am

      We don’t have a leather chair in there – they are all Belgian linen pieces from RH, and the egg chair one is their Copenhagen chair. There is a leather version here: https://amzn.to/2ByvV6Q, and we actually have a desk egg chair version that looks just like this with the hammered aluminum back in my husband’s study. I added the leather version to the post too and hope this helps. 🙂

  2. Deb Wostmann
    August 21, 2018 / 9:41 am

    Great tips. I paint often these work every time.

    • michele
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 10:34 am

      Thanks for reading! 🙂

  3. Terry
    August 21, 2018 / 9:58 am

    I love how you share so many products with us! I tried a candle that I love but have misplaced how to reorder. It is in a lidded mercury glass container and the scent is Capri blue. It is wonderful & I would appreciate any help you can give!

    • michele
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 10:34 am

      I’m so glad! Here is the link for that candle which I learned about from my friend who lives in the modern farmhouse also featured in this post: https://amzn.to/2OXA71R Hope this helps – I have also added the product to the post in case you need to reference it. Thanks so much. 🙂

  4. August 21, 2018 / 11:24 am

    AWESOME tips and inspiration Michele! Perfect timing with my current kitchen refresh project!

    • michele
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 12:33 pm

      Yay! Just read your post this morning on my phone and will comment shortly. You have broken down the organization tasks beautifully so that I feel like I could do the same – and there is just nothing a room “makeunder” where it isn’t about demo and buying new, but beginning right where you are with what you have…and then subtracting! I love what you’re doing, and I can totally see your vision with using that space in your kitchen for photography! 🙂

  5. sharon
    August 21, 2018 / 3:28 pm

    OMGosh…..I have painted many of our “flips” over the years to save $……and had many mishaps including burning my skin with turpentine (when I was in the habit of using oil paint for trim) and spilling an entire gallon of paint on hardwood floors in the foyer (too impatient to put the drop cloth down!). When I tried to clean it up I slipped and fell in it not once but twice….😂
    One home was built in 1910 and had exterior wood siding that I decided to burn all of the paint off in order to start fresh….I would do it at night when the kids were in bed and a neighbor finally came over and begged me to stop b/c he was afraid I would set the old wood siding on fire with the heat gun! I managed to do the entire rear of the home before I gave up.

    • michele
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 4:44 pm

      OMG – you are a real life renovator and warrior for sure and have the scars to prove it! I am so glad you have survived these adventures…I’d love to see the before and afters! 🙂

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