How to Paint an Interior Space

Learn how to paint the interior of a house—from ceilings to walls to trim—with automatic and hand tools. 

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Lesson Plan

13 Video Lessons · 2H 41M

  • 1. Introduction

    Tyler Grace, a remodeling contractor in Medford, New Jersey, explains why a careful approach to painting produces a quality finish, no matter the tools or materials.

  • 2. Paint & Painting Tools

    Tyler shares a number of essential paint tools and materials, including angled and flat brushes, rollers, water-based and oil-based primers, and various finishes.

  • 3. Sprayer Overview

    Learn the benefits of using a sprayer on trim as Tyler walks you through the anatomy of an air-assisted airless sprayer and important accessories like respirators.

  • 4. Priming with Brushes and Rollers

    Tyler shows how to prime walls and ceilings, including cutting in corners with a brush and using a roller on large areas.

  • 5. Priming Trim with Sprayer

    Tyler demonstrates how to prime trim with a sprayer, from loading the primer to finding the right pressure to correcting mistakes in the first prime coat.

  • 6. Sanding and Spraying Trim

    Once the walls and trim have been primed, Tyler shows you how to sand trim, flush primer out of the sprayer, and spray a first coat with trim paint.

  • 7. Scuffing the First Trim Coat and Spraying Final Trim Coat

    Tyler demonstrates scuffing the first trim coat with a hand sander and sanding sponge, then shows you how to spray your final trim coat.

  • 8. Spackling Walls and Ceiling

    Before painting the top coat, Tyler shows how to fix imperfections in the walls and ceiling with a drywall knife and spackling paste.

  • 9. Sanding Walls and Ceiling

    Tyler shows how to sand walls using a hand sander and orbital sander before applying your ceiling coat.

  • 10. Painting a Ceiling

    Tyler teaches you how to paint a ceiling, starting in the corners with an angled three-inch brush, then using a roller to evenly coat the space.

  • 11. Cutting In & First Coat

    Learn how to cut in corners and apply the first coat of paint on walls using a two-and-a-half-inch angled brush and a half-inch nap roller.

  • 12. Final Coat

    Tyler shows how to apply the final coat of paint on walls, from using a pole sander to cutting in corners with an angled brush to painting with a roller for a clean matte finish.

  • 13. Clean Up

    Tyler shows how to remove site protection––from tape to painter’s paper––without damaging the paint, leaving behind a clean and professional finish.

Who it's for: This course was designed for those considering a career in house painting or current workers in the trades wanting to learn about the key steps involved in creating a professional finish for an interior paint job.

Key Topics

  • Painting a ceiling

  • Painting finish

  • Painting tools

  • How to use a paint sprayer

  • How to prime walls & ceiling

  • How to prime trim

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