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How to Paint a Lighter Shade over a Dark Wall


How can you paint a lighter shade over a dark wall without having to paint three or four coats? Simple! Use Water-based primer.

When I wanted to repaint my orange-clay bedroom in a light sandy shade, I had a problem. The dark wall showed through the lighter paint.

I could paint three or four coats of light colored paint over my dark wall. But that was expensive and time consuming. Instead, I came up with a smart way of painting a dark wall with a lighter shade.

A bucket of water-based primer cost me $35. Much cheaper than a few buckets of paint. And the primer covered my whole room (ceiling included). Once the room was covered in primer, I could go ahead with painting a lighter shade than the dark walls had been.
 
Preparing a room for painting

Water-based primer will cover your dark wall completely

To cover your dark wall before you paint it with a lighter shade visit your home improvement or paint store. Water-based primer comes in large buckets.

The primer looks like white paint. You can easily apply it with a roller. Then use a brush to cover the seams along the corners. To paint a lighter shade over your dark wall be meticulous in your application of the primer. Don't miss a spot!

Before you start, prepare the room for painting

I was careful to prepare the room for painting. Water-based primer is a thick paint, and it loves to drip or splatter as you roll the roller along. So before you paint a lighter shade over a dark wall, take the time to protect the surfaces all around.

Painting the lighter shade over your dark wall

You can see from my photo just how dark my wall was before I painted it with a lighter shade. Even so, one coat of primer was all I needed.

I waited an hour after the application of the primer before I started painting the lighter shade over it. If you fail to wait, the primer will mix with your paint, mixing in white and bleaching the hue a little. This can result in an uneven paint surface.

Conclusion

Water-based primer is a great solution for painting a lighter shade over a dark wall. It also works well if you want to paint over egg shell latex paint with flat paint (i.e.: paint none gloss paint over gloss paint).

Below you can see the completed room

There's no hint of the fact that I painted a lighter shade over a dark wall. And if you like the ceiling design, here's how to create your own faux tray ceiling illusion.

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