A professional painter shares tips on how to paint over dark walls in your home including preparation, product and how to do it the right way!
Disclosure: The post How to Paint Over Dark Walls was compensated by BEHR Paint but the opinions are all mine.
Y’all, I have a peek at a before and after I think you’ll flip over! It’s a DIY project from start to finish that’s near and dear to my heart.
I want to start 2016 off with a bang and I believe this full room makeover will do just that!
But here’s a bit of the before and after, just to tantalize you a bit!
This bedroom belongs to our youngest son and was painted bright red with one wall chalkboard paint. Since the room is undergoing a transformation (much like our son himself) I knew I wanted to go for light and bright!
Here’s my DIY hubby to share all the details on how to paint over dark walls.
How to Paint Over Dark Walls
From Tim: The two most important factors to remember when covering a dark wall with a lighter color are patience and product.
The more extreme the transformation the more likely your project will require multiple coats. If you go into it with that in mind, patience will see you through that second coat.
Let’s talk about process. It’s good to remember that darker is smaller and lighter is bigger. As you say goodbye to the dark, the space will really begin to open up and “breathe”.
The major difference in this process is not to worry about perfect coverage on the first coat. Use a shed resistant roller cover to keep the fuzz off the surface.
The chalk board black wall that was my challenge to cover presented a small obstacle in that the edges had to be sanded. When the wall was covered the edges were taped for a nice, clean line.
That left a slightly raised line around the perimeter. You don’t want that to show through your new color.
Beyond that, normal preparation of the surface remains; fill holes, sand as necessary, repair cracks, and tape off baseboards or casings if need be.
Work from the top down, cutting in with a brush and then rolling the remainder of the surface. Repeat with the second coat.
Which leads me to product. Behr Paint now has a primer/paint combination that is excellent and will go a long way in shortening your project while delivering excellent results.
I use Behr Premium Plus Ultra Interior Eggshell Enamel, which is a stain-blocking paint and primer in one.
The big question here is whether to use a primer on the first coat or not. My preference is not to specifically use a primer.
The reason is that, unless you tint the primer close to the color of your finish coat (thereby making it almost unusable later), the white primer has the potential to force you into two more coats after priming.
So, there is no disadvantage to just applying your final color right off the bat. This also allows you to tweak the color between coats if you get surprised.
Dive in and change that space! You’ll be amazed at the difference.
From Marty: My hubby makes it sound so easy, doesn’t he? And no, ladies, he’s not for rent! My honey do list is long and getting longer!
I promise there is so much more to this room than just this one wall, including sentimental family heirlooms, side of the road treasures, and a DIY project to knock your socks off (you can see just a hint in the above picture!)
***BL-W8 Frothy Surf Behr Premium Plus Ultra Interior Eggshell Enamel is the color we used on the walls.
You can find all of the Behr Paint colors here that were used in our home.
Read all the posts in our Coastal Bedroom Makeover series:
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♥ Teen Boy Bedroom Makeover
♥ How to Design a Room Around an Inspiration Piece
♥ How to Paint Furniture with Chalk Paint
♥ How to DIY a Plank Wall with Chalk Paint
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