Painting a room in your house can seem like an overwhelming task to take on. If you have never done it before, it can be intimidating enough to hand off to a professional. Yet there is no reason why you can’t do it yourself. Below are five easy steps on how to paint a room. You will soon realize just how simple and easy this home DIY project actually is.

1: Clean, Clean, Clean

Cleanliness is key when it comes to painting a room in your house. So start by cleaning your ceiling and walls with water, a small amount of dishwashing detergent, and a cellulose sponge to remove dust, dirt, and grease. After washing, rinse both the ceiling and the walls with a fresh batch of clean water to remove the soap residue, which can ruin a smooth finish.

2: Cut In

Cutting in involves applying around a 3-inch or so strip of coating along the perimeter of the area where your walls and the ceiling meet. Doing this as you paint the ceiling (always start by painting the ceiling first and then moving down the walls) will help maintain a wet edge. This, in itself, prevents a visible line from forming between the area where you are cutting in and the rest of the ceiling. A 2-inch or 2.5-inch trim brush is the perfect tool to use to “cut in” the ceilings.

3: Roll the Ceiling

Painting your ceilings is going to be the trickiest part of painting your room. Make sure to use a tall ladder (not a step stool) to minimize craning and shrugging of the shoulders, back, and neck to reduce soreness later on. Another tip for painting your ceiling is to remove the excess paint from your roller by rolling it back and forth across the edges of your paint tray. This will help keep the paint from dripping as you apply it. Painting across the width of your ceiling – not the length – will result in a better-looking finish.

4: Paint the Walls

Let your ceiling dry after you finish rolling it before moving onto the walls. Once it is dry, cut in along the wall-ceiling line again. Do this near windows, doors, and moldings as well. 3-inches should do the trick. After cutting in, use a roller to fill in the rest of the wall. Many experts recommend painting with a three-by-three-foot W pattern without lifting the roller. Continue using this pattern until the wall is filled in. Paint each wall, one at a time, before moving onto the next one.

5: Paint the Trim

The last step for painting a room is to paint the trim. Wait until the walls that you just painted are completely dry. Next place painter’s tape where the walls meet the trim. Use a 2-inch angled brush to paint your baseboard, moldings, and door and window frames. Once again, it is important to paint from the top down. So for door and window frames, start at the top and work your way down. This will help you remove runs as you go. Baseboards should be painted last.