An assortment of brushes, rollers and paint swatches.

Embarking on a DIY painting project for the first time may seem intimidating. Here are a few simple tips to get you started to make the process of achieving professional results quick and easy.

Step One: Get the right supplies

This is a crucial step for anyone tackling a painting project, whether on the pro level or DIY. Make sure you have the right rollers and brushes for your particular paint project. It’s also important that you add the right painter's tape to your list of essentials. The tape will help achieve clean results without the premium price.

Step Two: Prep your room

Walls aren’t ready for painting until they’re clean; taking the time to thoroughly cleanse your walls is worth the extra effort. With a sponge, scrub the walls to be painted with water and mild dish detergent to remove all dust, fingerprints and grease spots. After the surface is squeaky clean, wait until the walls are completely dry before applying any paint or primer.

Step Three: Priming your wall

Priming your wall is an additional, but necessary step to attain a smooth finish and allow your paint to adhere to it. Priming also helps maximize the sheen of your paint job, providing a flawless effect. Opt for a primer based on your project and apply it to your walls with a paint roller. Use a paintbrush to apply the primer in any tight areas. Once walls are dry to the touch, which can take up to three hours, you can start painting.

Step Four: Begin Painting

When the paint is thoroughly stirred and ready to apply, gather your clean brush and roller and begin coating your walls. First, utilize your brush for nooks and crannies that your roller can’t reach – around trim and in the corners of walls. Use your roller to paint the wall using the “W” technique; start painting near a wall corner, and roll on your paint in large “W” patterns across the surface. Next, fill in the gaps without lifting the roller unless more paint is needed. Continue this process in sections until there are no visible brush or roller strokes remaining.

Taking on a new home improvement task can be daunting, but with the right tips and products, your job can be all that you envisioned and more.