Tips for Painting Over Dark Walls With a Light Color

If you happen to have a dark room that shouldn’t be dark, painting over them with a light color can be complicated. Dark walls in kitchens don’t always fit with your preferred aesthetic. If you want to paint over dark walls with a lighter color, there is a few step process you need to follow.

This article will go through the detailed steps you need to follow to replace that color. By the end of this article, you’ll be confident enough to paint over that wall.

#1: Pick the Right Supplies

Before doing your first coat will involve having suitable materials. Those materials include the following:

  • A roller
  • Both medium and large brushes
  • Light primer
  • Your chosen shade of paint

When choosing the right roller, you’ll want to make sure it has a nap (thickness) appropriate for your walls. Thicker rollers will get into rough walls.

#2: Prepare the Surface

To avoid being able to view the lines underneath, don’t forget to sand down the edges. The edges of your walls are the most likely area to see you’re the direction of your paint. It won’t matter how many coats of paint you put down if you don’t handle the edges.

The second half of your prep work will involve starting with a coat of primer. Primer is a base coat, and it is more potent than your standard paint. Using it will reduce the number of coats you need.

If your color is incredibly intense, you will want to put down multiple coats of primer. Red, light green, or other intense colors will require multiple primer coats.

#3; Roll on Your First Coat of Paint

When doing the first coats of paint, you need them done in a zig-zag shape. Some people call these “W” or “M” shapes, consistently doing so in a diagonal pattern.

The diagonal movement of these rollers will prevent roller lines from appearing in the finish. For those looking for uniform wall color, you don’t want signs that you rolled down.

#4: Multiple Coats of Paint

When painting over the walls, you will want multiple coats of paint over numerous coats of primer. Making the paint too thin will make it easy for you to notice the color underneath.

Always use more coats of paint than you need. You’ll find that more paint isn’t necessarily a bad problem to have.

After each coat of paint, wait for about twenty minutes. As the paint dries, you will be able to apply another coat on top. You will need to repeat this process until the old paint is entirely colored.

Final Thoughts

Painting over dark walls with a light color is a bit of a day-long process. Thankfully, a good chunk of the latter half of that process involves waiting for paint to dry. With this in mind, you don’t have to make your whole day about painting a room.

If you are looking for some renovations with your painting, consider hiring a professional to help you find a complete look for your kitchen or bathroom. Reach out to us for quotes on how to transform your kitchen.