How to Paint Over a Dark Walls
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Moving and painting often go hand in hand. It’s totally natural to want to put your own personality and character into your new home, and there’s pretty much no easier way to make a dramatic difference than by giving the walls a fresh coat of paint. When things get a bit more complicated is if you want to paint over a dark color with a lighter one, though it’s still a simple (if slightly more time intensive) task to accomplish on your own.

Below, we’ve shared some of our best tried and true tips for when you’re looking to paint over a dark color but don’t know where to start. So grab your paint brush and plenty of primer, and let’s get to work.

To Paint Over a Dark Color, Start with a Plan

Lightening up a wall color is a major DIY transformation. That’s good news for the overall effect that you’re trying to achieve, but not so good of news when it comes to the amount of work  that it will take to get there.

When you’re going darker with a wall or going neutral to neutral you can usually get away with a coat of primer and one or two coats of high-quality paint. When you want to paint over a dark color and go lighter however, you’re going to have quite a few steps to get through before you can start to layer on your new hue. The more drastic the difference between the current shade and the shade you want to achieve, the more steps it’s going to take.

To save yourself time, figure out exactly what you’ll need to do—and exactly what you’ll need to do it—before you get to work. If you’re here reading this then you’re already on the right track, so follow along closely for a smooth and stress-free process.

Pick Up the Right Supplies

Having the right supplies at the outset will make a huge difference as you paint over a dark color with a lighter color. And while you’re probably familiar with the basic painting essentials, there are a few more things that you’ll want to add to your list before you hit up your local home improvement store:

  • Sand paper and spackle – Make any necessary repairs to your walls before you get to work. You’ll have a lot more success painting over a dark color with a lighter one if you start with a smooth surface. Fill in any holes, nicks, or cracks with spackle, then sand when dry to even it out.
  • Primer – This is not the time to try to cut corners with a primer/paint combo. Get a high-hiding primer in a similar tone to the new color that you’re going for, and note that you may have more luck going with a gray-tinged primer instead of a white one, especially if you’re ultimately aiming for a bright, warm shade. Going with a darker primer will mean fewer coats later on, and will also help prevent the original color from flashing through.
  • Roller – A short nap roller is the way to go here. Too thick and your coverage will get splotchy, which will just end up creating more work for you in the long run.
  • Highquality paint – It’s never a good idea to skimp on the quality of your paint, but especially when you want to paint over a dark color and go light. The better the paint, the fewer overall coats, even when you’re making such a big transition. It might be a little bit pricier at the outset, but you’ll end up saving money by not having to buy so many gallons.

You’ll also want all of the other painting essentials, including tarps, paint brushes, painter’s tape and/or a paint edger, rolling trays, and a roller extender.

Prep and Prime

The better your starting surface, the less trouble that you’ll have going from dark to light. Start by cleaning off your walls, since both dust and dirt can get in the way of an effective paint job. To make it easy, use a long dry dusting mop and wipe vertically along the entire surface of the wall. Any tougher to remove stains can be taken care of using a clean rag, some warm water, and a gentle dish soap. As mentioned above, you’ll also want to repair any imperfections in the drywall. If you use a fast-drying spackle, wait about two hours before sanding and putting on your first coat of primer (test it first though to see if it needs more time to set). A standard spackle will require about 24 hours to harden before you sand.

Now it’s time to prime. While in many cases just one coat of primer will do, that’s not the case when you’re going dark to light. Expect that you’ll need at least two coats of primer, and don’t forget to let each coat dry fully before moving on. Don’t worry if you can see a bit of muted color bleeding through, since primer isn’t meant to provide a completely saturated cover.

Get to Painting

Last but certainly not least is getting your new color on the walls. How many coats it’s going to take will depend on how big the transition is between shades, what color you’re covering up, and what color you’re putting on. Expect bright colors like red and orange to be the trickiest to cover, since they’re made with extremely rich pigments that have a tendency to show through, even after multiple coats of primer.Some tricks to maximizing the utility of each new coat:

  • Get enough paint on your roller. Heavy coverage is always preferable to thin coverage, and will mean fewer coats overall, though don’t lay it on too thick since then you’ll end up with blobs and drips. Submerge your roller and then use the angled part of the roller tray to wipe off any excess.
  • Go in a zig-zag pattern, and not up and down. Aim to roll in an “M” or “W” shape, which will help ensure complete coverage and prevent streaks from showing up when the paint dries.
  • Do the edges with every coat. We know this is time intensive (especially when you’re looking at three, four, or more coats of paint), but if you don’t stay consistent with your edging, you’ll end up with a noticeable border around the room that’s a touch darker than everywhere else. Use painters tape or a paint edging tool to save yourself time, or test out your cut-in and feathering skills.
  • Let the paint dry fully in between coats. Depending on the circulation in the room, this could mean waiting several hours from coat to coat or waiting a full 24. In general, the more time that you can give each coat of paint to dry the better. A still-tacky layer of paint won’t provide an optimal surface for the next coat to adhere to, which could mean you end up with an uneven finished product.

Don’t expect perfection right away. When you paint over a dark color, you inevitably end up with the first coats of paint looking patchy and imperfect, even if you did your due diligence with primer. It’ll take some time to get the coverage that you’re looking for, but it’s worth putting in the work now rather than being unsatisfied with the end result later.

Covering Up Dark Walls Without Paint

Not a fan of your home’s dark walls but not able to paint? If you’re renting—or just not in the mood to undertake such a labor intensive painting project—you’re not totally out of luck. Consider using removable wallpaper instead. There are plenty of peel-and-stick options that look super luxurious and that won’t permanently affix to the wall so that you can easily swap them out if and when you choose.

Another option is to use artwork and tapestries to take the focus off of the dark color and on to something else. It won’t be quite as drastic as a full cover up, but it will make sure that any dark walls aren’t so overpowering in a space.

With a little bit of interior design creativity, it’s pretty simple to find a solution for dark walls in your home. And if you do decide to paint, take solace in knowing that you’ll only have to do all the work once (and that if you decide to go dark again later on, it’s a whole lot easier to make the opposite transition).

 

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