• Tips for Painting a Wall from Dark to Light

    Painting a Wall from Dark to Light

    Brightening up a dark painted space Created by Dinah Wulf from DIY Inspired

    • Materials needed:

      3M™ Safe-Release™ Painter’s Tape Advanced+ Delicate Surfaces with Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector
      3M Hand Sanding Sheets with NO-SLIP GRIP
      • generic drop cloth or ScotchBlue™ Pre-Taped Painter's Plastic 24" Loaded Dispenser
      • Angled Paint Brush
      • Roller Brush
      • Paint Tray
      • Primer
      • Paint
      • Screwdriver

      I spend so much time in my craft room. It's painted a beautiful dark blue, which I love, however I felt that it was too dark with all four walls painted blue. I decided to paint one of the walls a bright white to help enhance the natural light. Here are my Tips for Painting a Wall from Dark to Light.




    • Remove Bumps with sandpaper

      Step 1

      Prepare your surface. First remove all hardware. Using sand paper, sand any bumps or blemishes.

    • Appy ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape

      Step 2

      3M offers a variety of Painter’s tape to help you with any DIY Project. I chose to use the Safe-Release Advanced+ for delicate surfaces. After you apply your tape to the area that you would like protected, use your fingers to press down and smooth over the tape to prevent bleeding.

    • Protect your floor with drop cloth or ScotchBlue™ Pre-Taped Painter's Plastic

      Step 3

      Protect your floor with a any drop cloth; or try ScotchBlue™ Pre-Taped Painter's Plastic.

    • Apply the primer

      Step 4

      Once you have prepared your wall and workspace, you are ready to paint.

      Using an angled paint brush, I started by priming the edges first as shown. An angled brush will help maintain smooth lines.

      Next, I primed the rest of the wall using a short roller brush.

      I primed the entire area in two coats, allowing it to dry for two hours in between coats. This is a photo of my second coat.

    • ScotchBlue Painter's Tape leaves clean lines

      Step 5

      Next, paint your wall with the desired lighter color. I chose a bright white. I was able to only use one coat of paint. Once the paint is dry, remove the painter’s tape. Look at how clean my lines were!

      The natural light in my craft room is so much better.

    • Tip

      Depending on the area you are painting, you may opt for a longer roller. I chose an interior latex high hiding primer. It's great for changing drastic dark colors to lighter colors.