The 5 Step Interior Painting Process

Living room painted

So you’re ready to get your house painted and want to know how the interior painting process works? Well here is a detailed timeline of what interior home painting projects look like. Please note that due to the possible presence of lead-based paint if your home was built before 1978, EPA regulations require a different process for painting your home.


The first step in the painting process is getting a written proposal from your painter. To get the results you want out of your interior painting project, make sure that all details are in writing. Many people forget this step and regret it because their project turned out far more different than they expected.

A written proposal should contain 3 important elements: the scope of the work; the list of materials; and the guarantee of completion by the contractor. These elements are crucial to getting the results that you are looking for. This will not only give you an understanding of the work that is to be done but also hold the painting contractor accountable for the work being done right.

Choosing the colors you want to use for your home is another important step of the proposal process. Viewing colors online is not representative of true color because of variations in color, contrast and brightness settings - plus almost all monitors present colors inaccurately. That is why looking at swatch books in-person will give you the most accurate depiction of the color you want.

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After the plan is put together, it’s time to get the preparation for your project started. Though they are similar, interior and exterior painting of your home will be different. If you want to learn more about exterior home painting, read our article on The 7-Step Exterior Home Painting Process.

The preparation process starts with the surfaces. One example is applying a drywall compound along with taping any cracks on the wall. Cracking paint on the walls of your home is common in the Dallas-Fort Worth area due to shifting foundations (often exacerbated by subpar gutter installations, which we can fix). To prepare this area, a drywall compound along with taping is applied to any cracks on the walls. After, the area is re-textured to make the wall look like new again.

High-gloss surfaces must be lightly sanded so the new paint can cling to the old. Skipping this step results in paint that can peel and is easily worn away by lightly brushing against the newly-painted surface.

Once surfaces are prepped and dry, they must be cleaned. Dust, lint, cobwebs and other debris lurking in the corners of the home can get stuck in wet paint as it is being applied, resulting in an imperfect finish.

When painting items such as kitchen cabinets, preparation is vital to getting the results you are looking for. Though it takes a little more time to mask off your belongings, you will be glad you did when you see what can happen if you don’t.

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For painting the interior walls of your home the best method is brush and roll, which allows for the maximum level of control. Painting “done right” starts by applying high-quality paint to the ceiling, continuing to the walls and ending with the trim. This process ensures gravity won’t get in the way of your perfect paint job. This seems like painting 101 but it’s often missed and makes a big difference in the final result.

While many paints boast one-coat coverage, this is rarely the case when changing colors. Be sure your interior receives as many coats as it deserves. Once the new paint has dried, it should look completely uniform without streaks, blemishes or splotches.

Clean Up

Wouldn’t you hate to see a mess in your home after painters leave? We would too. That is why clean up is an essential part of the process of completing a successful painting project. Good contractors will haul the trash away from your property so it doesn’t fill up your trash cans and recycling bins. In addition, furniture should be moved back to where it goes.

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Final Product

Your painting contractor should perform a final walkthrough with you to show you the results and gather your feedback. When the interior painting process is done you will get to step back and enjoy the beauty of your new interior paint.

Ready to Get Your Free Estimate?

Right now, Phillips Home Improvements is providing free estimates for interior home painting projects. If you’re in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and interested in receiving a quote for your painting project, call us at 972.867.9792 or 817.421.2326 and get your free estimate and color consultation.