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How to paint over dark interior colors

house Victoria Sanchez Nov 11, 2021

If you have been avoiding the chore of repainting a room or more in your home because you are scared about covering dark wall paint, you are not alone! I think we can all relate on having at least one bathroom or bedroom we tried to get extra creative with and chose a bold color that a few months/years later grew not so unique. While the process may be a bit trickier and more labor intensive than the average paint job, it's not as hard as you may think!

First things first, Gather Your Supplies!

With almost all projects, collecting all the supplies you need beforehand can save you time and irritation. Covering any dark wall paint requires several materials as listed below:

  • High-quality rollers with a thick nap for rough walls, or a thin nap for smooth surfaces
  • Sandpaper or a sanding block
  • Clean, lint-free cloths
  • Cleaning solution
  • Scraper
  • Spackle
  • Putty knife
  • Painter's tape

Now, Prep the Walls!

In order for the new coat of paint to properly hold, your walls will need to be completely clean. Using a long-handled broom or duster to remove any cobwebs near the ceiling line and wipe down your walls if needed using your cleaning solution. After your will want to remove any loose, peeling paint with the scraper and sand the affected area until it is smooth. Now you can fill nail holes or small dents with the spackle, keep in mind you need to allow it to dry before sanding. After sanding, use a clean cloth to remove the resulting dust from your walls and baseboards before moving forward.

Choose Your Primer

There are plenty of options when it comes to primer, and while you may be leaning towards choosing a darker tone to cover up your dark paint, it will turn our to have less than flattering results. White primer is the best choice when painting from dark to light. You will want to choose a high-quality primer that is a all-in-one paint and primer for this type of project.

Next, Apply the Primer!

You will want to carefully apply one coat of primer and allow a significant time for it to dry before you apply your new wall color. Waiting for paint to dry is never fun! However it is crucial to your end results.

Finally, Paint!

It's best to choose a high-quality paint when covering dark wall paint,if you have questions on which color is best give Honey Do Painting a call and we would be happy to help. The darker the original color is, the more coats of paint and primer it will take to cover it up unfortunately. Be prepared to apply two coats of paint at the minimum, allowing enough time to dry in between coats.

Give Honey Do Painting a call!

DIY painting over dark colors can be overwhelming to say the least, especially if that dark color is red, this can require many coats and a large amount of time. Need to call in reinforcements? Schedule a free estimate with Honey Do Painting at (208)699-1790 or send us an email at Keep in mind we are offering a discount for booking in the winter!