Valspar Living Room Interior Painting Basics

Painting a room is one of the quickest and least expensive ways to transform a space. By taking the time to do it right, you’ll be painting like a pro in no time – with beautiful results to show for it.

What You'll Need

* Only needed if you have noticeable stains or are making a drastic color change -- otherwise, you'll be all set with Valspar Paint + Primer.


Make sure you prep your room and walls. This step, although tedious, is the most important when starting any paint project. For more on this, be sure to check out our Prep Overview article


One gallon generally covers up to 400 sq. ft., which is normally enough to cover a small room with one coat. If you need more than that, you should use a large paint bucket to mix your paint to get better color consistency. Then, label it with the room you're painting so you can stay organized.

To get a personalized estimate for your space, check out our Paint Calculator


A paint brush and roller play very different roles when painting. For painting along trim and under ceilings, you'll want to use an angled brush. This is known as cutting in. The idea is that a brush will be able to get paint into areas that your roller can't reach. Try to do one wall at a time, as you want to roll the rest of the area while the paint from cutting-in is still wet.


roller is designed to hold a fair amount of paint, and is used to cover large areas at a time. Be sure to completely saturate your roller - it can take a bit longer when you first start, but it's worth it.

Apply the paint in a “W”-like pattern, starting up, then down, then going back to fill in the gaps. This will help distribute the paint evenly.

It helps to maintain a wet edge when painting, so you avoid any vertical paint lines caused by starting and stopping. This unwanted effect is known as lapping. To remove any roller lines, you can lightly roll back over the painted areas to smooth them out. Apply your first and second coat the same way.

Quick Tips:

When rolling, try to work within a 3–4 ft.2 area at a time.

When using a roller, the metal frame should be pointing in the direction you are painting.


For best results, remove tape while the paint is still wet.