This page introduces the DIY painting information on HomeTips. It guides you to the tips you’ll need for transforming your rooms!

Nothing can punch up the look of a room more quickly and effectively than a new paint job. So, if your walls and ceilings looking a little forlorn, it’s time to paint! Fortunately, painting is one of those jobs that’s great for the DIY’er. It’s relatively easy, inexpensive, and very rewarding. And the great thing is that, if it doesn’t work out the first time, you can just do it again!

But where do you start?

How do you prepare the walls?

Should you paint the ceiling first?

What are the best techniques for masking and protecting areas that you don’t want to paint?

Should you use a roller, a brush, or both?

Woman painting a wall using a roller attached to an extension pole.
A roller on the end of an extension pole is the best tool for painting walls and ceilings. ©Warren Goldswain /

In this section of HomeTips, you’ll find the answers to these questions and many more to help you paint like a pro.

Painting is one of those jobs that, given a little guidance and step-by-step instruction, a complete novice can handle with aplomb-and save a bundle in the process. We’re here to provide that guidance.

So put on your old clothes and let’s get started!

For information on paint, see Paint & Equipment; for information on decorative painting, see Faux Finishes.


Buying House Paint
Preparing for Interior Painting
Interior Painting Techniques

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About Don Vandervort
Don Vandervort has developed his expertise for more than 30 years as a remodeler and builder, Building Editor for Sunset Books, Senior Editor at Home Magazine, author of more than 30 home improvement books, and writer of countless magazine articles. He appeared for 3 seasons on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert for several years. Don founded HomeTips in 1996. Read more about Don Vandervort