How long does it take to paint a room

How Long Does It Take To Paint A Room? Awesome Tips With Video Tutorials

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Not all of us are good at putting colors on the canvas but the walls of a room should not be too much of a problem. All you have to do is choose the colors for interior paint carefully, decide on the techniques you want to use and get the instruments accordingly.

Make sure you have the whole décor of the room pre-planned otherwise you might end up choosing a color scheme that looks good on books but does not suit the rest of your room décor.



The question that stresses out the most in this regard is: how long will it take to paint a room? I know the task seems a little overwhelming when you think about it, but believe me, things will work out fine if you make a plan and follow it.

The first thing to do is plan out the colors and designs obviously. Next, decide on your budget. Then break down the steps and assign definite time periods to each of them and try to follow it as religiously as possible.

List of available tools that painters may want to take a look:

When you are planning things out, keep in mind the drying interval. Plan in a way so that you are not sitting idle so that you are continuously working even during the drying time. the classic definition of boredom involves staring at your walls and wait for them to dry.

Kid painting the orange wall

painting on orange wall via Good House Keeping

Here I will give you an estimation of the time that you might need to paint your beautiful room and break down the steps for your convenience. But first let us get the things we need to start painting:

Tape measure

Stanley 33-425 Powerlock 25-Foot by 1-Inch Measuring Tape - Original

Stanley 33-425 Powerlock 25-Foot by 1-Inch Measuring Tape - Original via Amazon

This is a very important thing even though it might not seem directly related to painting. But you need this to measure your walls and thereby find out how much paint you might require. One gallon of paint roughly covers 400 square feet.

You can check out some primers here:


Rust-Oleum 2004 Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 White Water-Based Interior/Exterior Primer Sealer

Rust-Oleum 2004 Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 White Water-Based Interior/Exterior Primer Sealer via Amazon

The primer is like the root of the tree. Don’t freak out; the primer is the base for your paint and it depends a lot on the primer on how good it turns out.

If your primer is not right, the paint will turn splotchy and show brush marks. So a good primer is as important as the right underwear below your cloths. See!

Paint the paint with primer based

Paint The Door With Primer via Amazon

Paint Mixer

Drill Paint Mixer, 15

Drill Paint Mixer, 15" X 3"

Stirrer: This usually comes free of cost with the paint itself. Make sure you stir the paint well otherwise you will get lumps towards the end and too liquidy a substance on the top.Image link:


Stirrer via Soap Making Forum

Pouring Spout

Shur-Line 06100 Gallon Can Paint Pourer

Shur-Line 06100 Gallon Can Paint Pourer

You need this to attach this to a gallon of paint so that you don’t create a mess.

Roller Cover

Purdy 14B863400 Dove Cover (4 Pack), 9

Purdy 14B863400 Dove Cover (4 Pack), 9" X 3/8", White via Amazon

You can use rollers instead of brushes if you want to paint large, flat surfaces in a lesser amount of time. Now here is the reason why you need to select a roller cover: selecting a roller cover depends on what type of paint (latex paint or oil paint) and the surface you're painting on (smooth, rough or textured).

You can find available roller covers in multiple fabric types (synthetic, natural or blend) to match the kind of paint you are using and in several pile depths on appropriate surfaces

Wooster Brush R017-9 Sherlock Roller Frame, 9-Inch

Wooster Brush R017-9 Sherlock Roller Frame, 9-Inch via Amazon

Blue Painters Tape

ScotchBlue Painter's Tape, Multi-Use, 1.41-Inch by 60-Yard, 1 Roll

ScotchBlue Painter's Tape, Multi-Use, 1.41-Inch by 60-Yard, 1 Roll via Amazon

You will need these to save the parts of the wall you do not want to paint. Check out some of them here

Plastic Coverings VS Drop Clothes

Galaxy Products HW69 Paintessentials Canvas Drop Cloth, 6 x 9-Feet, Natural

Galaxy Products HW69 Paintessentials Canvas Drop Cloth, 6 x 9-Feet, Natural via Amazon


ArmorDillo "Why Pay More?" Carpet Protection Film 24" x 200' Carpet Cover, Clear Protective Film, Surface Protection Film, Paint Protection Film via Amazon

Plastic coverings and drop clothes: You need the walls; the last thing you need is color sprays on your furniture and floor. It is very important to cover all the furniture properly before you start to paint.

Carpet Protection Film 24

Carpet Protection Film 24" x 200' Carpet Cover via Amazon

Do not try covering the floor with plastics, though! That will be a disaster. Use a re-usable drop cloth of canvas, which is less slippery, to cover the floor.

When you are ready with all these things you are ready to paint! Here is step by step tour for you to give a rough estimation of how long it takes to paint a room.

Prepping Walls for Painting

This includes buying all the paint supplies, laying them out for easy access while you paint, cleaning dirt and dust from the walls and trimming, masking out areas and trimming with blue painter’s tape, and covering furniture with plastic and floors with drop cloths.

The time required: roughly 1 hour.

Moving Furniture

When painting the ceiling, move furniture out of the way and cover it with drop cloths or plastics. If you’re just painting the walls, simply push the furniture to the center of the room and place canvas drop cloths on the floor.

Time required: 1–2 hours


Cut in along doorways, windows, floor, ceiling and corners with a paint brush and then start rolling the paint.

Time required: 1–2 hours per coat


Place the painter’s tape in the required places and then see your work smoothly flow. Painter’s tape makes things way easier and things look pretty neat.

The time required: 30 minutes to an hour for every coat.

If you are painting window sashes, add 30 minutes for each window. Avoid sealing the window and shut only when it dries.


If you are also planning on painting the furniture in the room, do it while you are waiting for the wall or ceiling paint to dry. This will help you to keep moving towards the end line.

The time required: Painting drawers or a dresser (2 coats of primer & 2 coats of paint) equals 2 hours of actual painting time.

Add 30 minutes to remove the hardware and make sure you sand the piece before you start painting.

Clean Up

As the end draws near you will be surprised to see how well things can turn out with a little bit of honest effort and pre-planning. Once the paint dries up start arranging your furniture back to their place.

The time required: Disposable paint supplies usually take 15–30 minutes to clean up.

Rollers, paint trays and brushes along with folding up drop cloths take 30 minutes to an hour.So you see, the time seems worth all the effort! Check out this awesome video for inspiration.

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