1. Select your color
2. Aim to use more than one color
3. Read up on paint effects
4. Decide what your finish should be
5. Calculate the amount of paint required
6. Prepare to PaintShift all objects out of the room that are likely to be obstructive. Get rid of all hardware and fixtures in your way! Then, wipe down the walls with a soapy water to remove dirt, dust and grease from the surface. After that, fill all the cracks you find with plaster filler and sand down all surfaces that you are planning to paint. Wipe off all the remaining dust from the sanding, using another damp cloth. Try to be sure that you have all the brushes, rollers, and paint trays and other equipment on hand and nearby in a convenient spot, before you begin.
7. Tape off spaces to be painted
8. Always paint from the top down
9. Thinner coats are better
10. Leave the trim until last
Written by Sandra Smith. She is an interior decorator who loves working on old and antique houses. On her spare time, she often goes out for some hiking and trekking.