Free Checklist for DIY Painting

green wall with paint cans and roller on the floor - DIY Painting Checklist

Learning how to paint correctly is one of the first things every new DIY homeowner sets out to do. Whether it is the new baby room you need to paint pink and blue or an old piece of furniture you need to upgrade with a new stain, painting can be a good way to pass the time and create while learning a new skill on the side.

But before you break out the old overalls and brushes, you must have a plan of action. If done wrong, painting can get extremely messy and ultimately yield unsatisfactory results. Lucky for you, we’ve sought the expert advice of professional painters and narrowed the whole process down to a few easy steps. Here’s the ultimate DIY painting checklist.

Step one: Plan the process extensively

As we’ve mentioned, it is vital that you come up with a plan that will guide you through the whole process. Therefore, start by compiling all your décor ideas and selecting the best one from the batch. Think of the colors and painting techniques you need to implement.

Remember, when it comes to painting, you are only limited by your imagination, so don’t be afraid to get as creative with it as possible. Be it an accent wall, a specialty finish like faux or epoxy, or a mural even to make the space pop; there’s nothing holding you back from trying it out. Of course, this all banks on your budget and the resources you have available.

Step two: Shop for tools and materials

Now that you already know what you want to achieve, it is time to buy the tools and equipment. This step is equally crucial because the tools you use can make the process easier or extremely difficult and time-consuming. Here’s a list of the essentials:

  • Paint and primer
  • Paint roller
  • Paint brushes
  • Covers and Drop cloths
  • Sandpaper
  • Putty knife
  • Painter’s tape
  • Expandable ladder
  • Protective gear(face mask and goggles)

When selecting your equipment, make sure to go for quality paint, rollers, and brushes. They will not only make the process move faster but will ensure the paint lasts longer. Also, a hack you can use when shopping is to check online for a wider array of prices, then buy in bulk to enjoy discounts.

Step three: Prepare the room and walls for paint

The preparation process includes any steps that will make the process more efficient for you as the painter.  When preparing, start by:

  • Moving out any furniture from the room to protect them from damage(alternatively, you can push them to the center of the room if you are short of space)
  • Cover your floor and any furniture left with a plastic sheet or drop cloth
  • Apply painter’s tape on the edges of the room, doors, corners, window casting, and anything you don’t want to catch paint like switches, doorknobs, and other fixtures.
  • Dry the wall and then scrap any debris or sand to make it smooth
  • Apply your primer and let it dry for 3-4 hours (it helps the paint adhere to the wall).

Remember to put on your protective gear, including a face mask and proper goggles, so you don’t inhale dust or debris.

Step four: Pick an appropriate painting technique and apply your paint

Once you’ve applied a quality primer, your final move is to apply the paint on the wall. For uniformity, decide on a suitable painting technique and use it consistently all through. For example, you can either apply from top to bottom or bottom to top. Although it is always recommended that you start from the ceiling then work your way down.

Once everything is through, you can finish off by letting the paint dry and then clean up. One trick you can use to speed up the drying is to open up windows and introduce a fan, while keeping the room warm.  Also, when cleaning up, make sure to let any spills dry first before moving the coverings and drop cloths.


Well folks, that just about sums it up. By following these steps above, you are guaranteed to get a cleaner, more flawless finish. If it sounds like too much, you can always contact us at Painter Bros and let us take care of it. With years of experience to back us up, our expert painters have all it takes to turn your ideas (no matter how wild) into reality.