Learn How To Paint A Wall Under 30 Minutes: Step-by-Step Guide

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Wall painting is one of the jobs that look easy on the surface until you actually start painting. But then, the cost of hiring a professional painter is on the high.

According to statistics, Painters in Edmonton charge as low as $2.50 per square foot for interior painting while exterior painting can go as low as $2500.

Paying a professional painter for such a large task is worth it since they already acquired all the necessary equipment they need for the job aside from buying the paints.

But if you don’t want to hire a painter and decide to do it yourself, here is a very helpful guide.

What Are The Best Paint Brands To Choose From?

When you want to paint a wall, some important decisions need to be made which will aid a smooth finish.

Although, choosing the perfect paint color and deciding to do the job yourself or hire a professional painter are both important, one important factor you can’t ignore is choosing the best paint brand for the project.

Here are two of the best paint brands:

1) Benjamin Moore:

Benjamin Moore is a great paint brand all around. Founded in 1883, they have been producing nice, thick paints that go on easily, providing impressive coverage that won’t wear off easily.

It is highly durable and easily cleaned. The Benjamin Moore Aura is a waterborne interior paint that has incredible hide qualities and fade and rub-off resistance.

It is easy to apply, has a low odor, self-priming, zero VOC.

2) Behr:

Berh is popular for being budget-friendly, as they produce quality paints at a comfortable price. You can get a gallon of Behr paints for less than $30 at the home depot.

They also offer painting services. But if you decide to do the painting yourself, you can easily pick up painting equipment such as rollers, brushes, and tarps from them.

Step by Step Guide To Painting Your Wall

Deciding to paint the walls of your room is one of the easiest projects that you can undertake yourself.

Before picking up a brush to paint your home, here are 7 tips on how to paint a wall like a professional.

Step 1

Remove or use tape to cover all light switch and outlet surface. It ensures that paint remnants do not enter into the switch hole which may be hazardous when switched on.

Step 2

Make use of drop cloths to protect the floor of the room. Use tape to protect the window frames and moldings.

Always be certain to apply firm pressure to ensure that the drop of paints will not litter the surface of the floor.

Step 3

Prepare the walls for paint. It can be done by filling all holes and cracks using a sparkling paste and palette knife.

When you notice the paste has dried up, use sandpaper to smooth the surface and dust off all paint remnants and bumps on the wall.

Step 4

Prepare your paint tray and paint. To save yourself the stress of scrubbing off the excess paint, Make use of paint tray with plastic tray liners, a piece of tin foil or a plastic bag which will make the tray easier to clean after use.

Step 5

Cut in ceilings and wall corners. Before you begin to use the paint roller on the wall, use a paintbrush to paint around the ceiling, wall, windows, and baseboards, to cover those areas that cant easily be painted with a roller.

Make use of an angled brush to reach all those narrow areas.

Step 6

Extend your reach and paint the wall with overlapping ‘W’ sequence. Buy a roller that has an extended handle which will allow you to reach up to the ceiling without climbing a scaffold or ladder.

Also, painting with the overlapping ‘W’ method will ensure you avoid the clear mark of the roller.

Step 7

Finish up and clean up. Wash the brush and scrape the excess paint out of the roller cover with the curved side of a five-in-one tool.

Dispose of the paint back into the paint can. Wash the cover with warm water, and scrape with the tool until the water runs clear.

Reseal any partially used paint or transfer the leftover paint into an airtight container to preserve it.

How To Achieve A Smooth Finish After Painting

After successfully laying the paint on your wall, use a compound veneer to smooth the wall.

Be sure that this new compound is not one that dries up quickly. Use a 10- or 12-inch squeegee type trowel to smooth the wet compound.

Begin at the bottom of the wall and move the trowel upward about a quarter of the way.

Apply even firm pressure to smooth out the compound. Repeat this process for all the lower quarter of the wall.

Immediately move to smooth out the center third of the wall, moving the compound from the top downward.

Do the uppermost quarter of the wall last, pulling the compound completely over the upper quarter and the center quarter. Repeat this process until you get a smooth finish on your painted walls.

How To Preserve Unused Paint After Use

It is a rare occasion to buy exactly the amount of paint needed without leftover. Leftover paint shouldn’t be disposed of, you should rather store them properly.

Here are three steps to properly preserve your leftover paint.

  • Keep the materials clean and organized after use
  • Seal up the paint container as tight as possible.
  • Avoid storing your leftover paint in extreme conditions and temperature.

Importance Of Having A Great Paint On Your Home

Painting the wall of your home is a very important project you should give thought to. There are several benefits to why your home should be painted.

  • A good paint job is going to beautify and add personality and character to your home.
  • Paint also serves as a primary repellant to insect, weather and other damages.
  • Paint improves the functionality of the whole building


Painting is an awesome way of giving your room a fresh look, whether you’re taking on an extensive repainting project or you just to change the face of your room.

The best information is that painting is a relatively inexpensive and comfortable project that you can carry by yourself, even if you’ve never had any experience in painting.



2 Channel HD Video Installation

Video: William Mansfield
Music Track: Falling, Roy Orbison

Falling inter-cuts two continuous shots between two lovers to the sound track of Roy Orbison’s song of the same name. Through the use of filmic conventions and theatrical techniques this work constructs a makeshift version of parallel editing. It alludes to a narrative of jealousy and rage, suggestive of possible tragedies
and passions.




Live Performance
30 mins

Umpire: William Mansfield
Video Documentation: Amelia Tovey

Scrum is a performance of athletic endurance in which an abstracted form of ‘scrumming’ is performed as a competitive game between the four members of Brown Council.


BC Institute are launching their next work, a new commission for the Art Gallery of New South Wales on 27 November 2016.

The project is the fourth part in an ongoing series exploring the mythic Australian performance artist Barbara Cleveland, who was active in Sydney in the 1970s but remains absent from art historical accounts of the period.


Mass Action: 137 Cakes in 90 Hours

Live Performance
90 Hours

Mass Action: 137 Cakes in 90 Hours is a performative bake-off and test of endurance between the four members of Brown Council. Within the civic space of the Country Women’s Association (CWA) headquarters in Sydney’s Potts Point, Brown Council will bake around the clock for 90 hours in an attempt to cook every recipe in the iconic CWA cookbook Jam Drops and Marble Cake. Paying tribute to CWA’s 90-year history, dedicated to the empowerment of women, this monumental feat will explore culturally embedded notions of ‘women’s work’ and the importance of intergenerational dialogue.

This sleepless four-day event will culminate in a cake-judging tournament in which certified CWA and Land Cookery judge Alison Mutton will put Brown Council’s efforts to the test. This will be followed by an afternoon tea for CWA members and invited guests.

Over the course of the 90 hours, browncouncil.com/massaction will become a document of the event through live video and twitter feed and continuous mobile uploads of all the baking triumphs and failures. Writers Ianto Ware and Jane Howard will also take up residence at the CWA headquarters, and will be responding to events as they happen and blogging about feminism, baking, women’s work and much more.

During the 90 hours the members of Brown Council must adhere to the following rules:

1. There must be continuous baking for the entire 90 hours, from  12pm 28 August – 6am 1 September 2012.

2. At least two members must be cooking at all times and all four members must be cooking during the designated opening hours

3. Members must not leave the CWA headquarters at any time during the 90 hours.

4. Members must attempt to bake all cakes in accordance with CWA judging standards, but if a cake fails (burns, sinks etc.) the member may not attempt to bake it again.

5. Once the cake is cooked members must label the cake, photograph it and then put it on display in the auditorium. All cakes must be photographed and the images uploaded onto the website.

To watch Brown Council in action, visit them onsite at the CWA headquarters during the designated opening hours, online at browncouncil.com/massaction, or book in to the afternoon tea.

Mass Action: 137 Cakes In 90 Hours is part of HALLS FOR HIRE, a season of site-specific performance and installation presented by Performance Space in town halls, church halls, sports centres and other community meeting spaces across Sydney. This season invites artists to consider the architecture, history and social function of these spaces and create site-specific interventions that transform, alter, or respond to them via their artistic practices.

Appearing Act


1 Channel HD Video

Video: William Mansfield

In Appearing Actthe four members of Brown Council magically ‘appear’ out of thin air through simple, home-made trickery. What seems to be a black empty video frame begins to move and shake. A small hand saw pierces through the surface to reveal the four members of Brown Council on the other side of the frame shrouded in a cloud of smoke. Sporting the same black and gold costumes, they saw through the surface and quickly take their positions in front of the locked off camera to form a classic tableaux vivant pose. This image is held for an awkwardly extended period before they exit frame and the inevitable loop repeats.


BC Institute are launching their next work, a new commission for the Art Gallery of New South Wales on 27 November 2016.

The project is the fourth part in an ongoing series exploring the mythic Australian performance artist Barbara Cleveland, who was active in Sydney in the 1970s but remains absent from art historical accounts of the period.


Barbara Cleveland

This is Barbara Cleveland

Single Channel HD Video

Written & Directed by Brown Council
Original Score by Lucy Phelan
Sound & Video by Elliot Hughes

Barbara Cleveland was an Australian performance artist working predominantly in Sydney in the 1970s and up until her untimely death in 1981. Despite her significant output of work, Cleveland remains largely unknown in the history of Australian art and the canon of performance art internationally.

This is Barbara Cleveland is the latest installment in Brown Council’s ongoing project that pays tribute to the life and work of Cleveland. In this work the four members of Brown Council re-perform a series of lectures given by Cleveland shortly before her death in 1981. These lectures are meditations on performance, history and memory, and through their re-performance, Brown Council give voice to this mythic feminist artist who has been left out of the pages of Australian art history.

Through honouring the life and work of Cleveland, Brown Council seek to question who is written in and out of art history, and how narratives are constructed and re-presented.

One Hour Laugh

1 Channel HD Video

Sound: Frederick Rodrigues

One Hour Laugh depicts Brown Council enacting a routine of endurance laughter. Over the course of the hour their laughter travels between tedium to strain, to genuine hilarity, to humiliation. Brown Council’s unsettling laughter parodies the austerity of performance art documentation through overt theatricality and seemingly senseless enjoyment.