How to Paint a Room with Tall Walls

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in our last installment I was in this

master bathroom and we went through the

process of preparing the walls and the

floors and everything in the room

essentially to paint and that video we

use an airless sprayer to paint the

entire ceiling of the space which was a

little bit different than the norm

because of the height of the ceilings as

well as the space of the room and so now

you can see that the entire space has

been sprayed and we're moving on to

painting the walls so here is the tall

ladder that I referenced in the previous

video this is actually a 12-foot

stepladder and the height of the

ceilings in this space is right around

13 and a half feet and so as you see me

going up and down you can see that

there's very little space in there for

me to move around to add to the

difficulty of maneuvering around in this

space the room is only about 11 feet

wide and so when you've got the feet of

the ladder spread out it leaves a very

little room to move around and with the

pitch of the vaulted ceilings you can

see that when I stand up higher on the

ladder there's less and less head

clearance to be able to move around and

so that's part of the reason why I'm

kind of up and down up and down up and

down I'm going to have to load up my

paint tray on a frequent basis because

as you can see I don't have anywhere to

rest it while I'm working so I'm trying

to put a little bit of paint in here

each time I go up the ladder so that I

have enough to work with but not enough

to make the tray lopsided or to make a

huge mess in the event that I knocked

the tray over or something like that

so now you can see I'm actually also

getting my 9 inch roller prepared to

start rolling with that so initially I

was just cutting in with

ankle sash brush and now I'm gonna be

going back up to do some additional work

with that 9 inch roller I was also using

a four inch roller as I worked out those

brush strokes as well so now you can see

I've got it going and I'm rocking and

rolling essentially the process that I'm

going through for painting this wall is

exactly the same as it would be as if

this was a regular ceiling and wall

situation I'm just slightly varying the

way that I attack the space and so I'm

still having a cut in and I'm still

having to work everything out just a lot

tighter space to have to work within and

having to get familiar with this ladder

so this is a rental ladder and I'm

having to learn the minor nuances of

this particular ladder every ladder is

different and if you've got a ladder

experience then you know that every time

you get on a ladder you have to develop

a level of trust in that ladder before

you can really begin to work freely and

focus 100% on your work and not be

constantly concerned with foot placement

as well as where you are on the ladder

so I'm having to go through that

constantly as I'm working on this ladder

because as I said this is my first time

using it and it is a 12 foot ladder and

then it's a painter's ladder and so the

difference between this ladder and the

standard type of ladder that you'll see

me use later on in the video is that

this ladder is made out of aluminum

which means that it's a very very light

weight which makes it easier to handle

when you're trying to maneuver it around

as a single person working on a jobsite

and things like that the flip side is

that it is a lot more flimsy and less

robust or stout than a fiberglass ladder

this ladder I'm not sure how much it

weighs I would guess that this ladder

weighs somewhere in the range of 50 to

60 pounds however the fiberglass ladder

weighed a hundred and seventy to one

hundred and eighty pounds that was an

absolute no-go

so I'm working it out with the painters

ladder and just being very careful so

now you can see I'm standing under the

ladder we're about to start the ladder

to step here and so I've got a push in

those locks there for the legs and just

slowly maneuver it around and try to

fold it in now you remember when I


earlier you can see that the central or

centermost point in this room is the

highest but the walls are angled at a

very steep angle and so I have to keep

the ladder straight up and in the center

of the room to keep from hitting any

parts of the ceiling and I'm also having

to avoid the rough plumbing that's

coming through the floor as well as the

shower pan over here on this left side

is what I'm doing now so now I've got my

paint and everything going again

kind of change locations now so you can

see I've knocked out half of that high

portion of this wall and we're just

going over here to the other side to do

the exact same thing

so as I've got my paint tray there you

can see that there in the orange I'm so

close to the wall that I can actually

lean against the other wall with my arm

and cut in and so one of the things

about doing this is it's important when

you're painting to be able to be steady

on your feet so that you can maintain a

steady angle and a steady line with your

brush and so that's part of the reason

why I'm standing there with my arm on

the wall is just to steady myself so

that I can pull a straight cut in line

and so in my orange paint tray I've

actually got the brush I've got the baby

roller which I'm working there right now

and then I've also got the 9 inch roller

which is the general purpose roller and

so I'm first I'm going through and I'm

cutting in with my ankle sash brush and

I'm kind of back rolling that area with

the small roller and then I'm attacking

with the large roller to roll out the

larger spaces so now I'm all the way up

here at the top and you can kind of see

how high I am so the top of that tile

shower enclosure is about 7 feet tall so

you can see that the bottom of my feet

is 7 feet off the floor and I am right

at 6 feet that makes it 13 feet which

means there would be less than 6 inches

between the top of my head and the

ceiling at the highest point in the room

everywhere else is gonna be lower than

that and so here I am again using that

arm prop method so that I can

make sure that I'm able to cut in

properly other thing about working on a

ladder like this is that you also have

to just make sure that you are focused

on what you're doing as I said earlier

you want to be focused on the

application of paint but you also want

to be cognizant and aware of how you're

standing and where you're positioned and

your body weight on this ladder at all

times and it's even more imperative when

you're on a ladder that's this high off

of the ground because there's

essentially nothing for you to grab onto

to prevent or break your fall so you're

gonna go all the way down to the floor

now the funny thing about this space is

this ladder is so tall but it actually

can't fall all the way over on its side

it can fall over enough to dump me off

on the floor but the ladder actually

can't lay down sideways because this

space is only about 11 feet wide and as

I said before there's a ladder is 12

feet tall and so there's some other

little things and obstacles in the room

that would also prevent it from

completely just leaning over but once

again that's not really going to affect

the safety on the ladder

the ladder has got to be standing up

straight for the user to be able to be

safe and using it in the proper way so

now I'm going back over everything with

that 9 inch roller and I'm just kind of

knocking everything out as you can see

here the 9 inch roller covers a lot more

space than the little mini roller or the

little shorty but the short roller

allows you to get closer and have more

control because it's so much smaller you

don't have to worry as much about

getting roller paint onto the wall next

to it that you're trying to stay off of

you're staying off of your cut in line

and it worked a lot better to be able to

control it and so I'm coming back down

here again look at that I've got my

supplies in there like I'm painting the

Sistine Chapel so in any case you can

see that the new color is quite a bit

lighter and more neutral than the old

color I would say that the new color is

like 2019 2020 color and the existing

color in that space is more like a late

90s early 2000s color so these are both

very popular colors for the time period

it's awesome to be able to go into a

space like this

and just go ahead and paint without

having to do a ton of repair work people

don't realize it but when you have to go

into a space that has a lot of dust and

grime on the walls and things like that

all those things take time to be able to

go in and clean up and prepare the space

so that you can begin to paint so that

you can ensure that your finished

product looks as good as it possibly can

and so now I'm going over this area

above this window with the small ruler

doing the same thing I did earlier it's

kind of tightening everything up now I

always paint with two coats of paint

regardless with the type of paint that

I'm using and I'm using a very good

paint here today on this project

however just one coat just really is

never gonna be enough to give you the

appropriate coverage so here I am up

close and personal I'm going to show you

how I'm gonna cut in down here off of

this baseboard so as you can see here

I've got my painters paper down here

along with my frog tape the Frog tape is

one of the better tapes you can use for

masking during paint application it

really helps to lock out the paint and

so as you can see here I've got the frog

tape and the paper combined and I've got

them applied at the bottom right over

the edge of that baseboard and what that

allows me to do is run my brush back and

forth as you just saw me do just a

moment ago right along that baseboard

line and I have the security of knowing

that my paint is not going to leak

through and get behind that tape and

mess up my trim line and so now that

I've got that knocked out I'm going head

I'm working with my 9 inch roll where

I'm going over this section of the wall

here remember this is right in the area

where we did the drywall repair so if

you've seen the earlier videos this part

of the wall was opened up and I was

fighting with that green piece of

drywall board right here putting screws

in and everything else to make sure that

everything worked out right so this is

that exact same area if you haven't seen

that video be sure to check that one out

I've got a link to that one in the

description box below as well so as I

said this is the first coat and the main

thing that I want to do when I'm

applying my first coat is to just make

sure that I get familiar with the walls

in general and I want to make sure that


get a good coat on everything so that

way when I come back through on my

second coat it will go much faster and

I'll know about any type of problem

areas and things like that I need to be

careful of as I'm working so I'm up here

on top of this a little recessed area

it's really dusty up there on that ledge

and so because it's not finished up

there we're not going to be trying to

turn around and paint it it's just a

huge dust trap up there and it was never

painted when this house was built and so

we're not going to fool with it today

I'm gonna show you up there here in a

little bit so you can see exactly what

it looks like and you'll have a better

idea while we're not going to paint it

it's not gonna make a difference because

none of its visible so I'm cutting in

over here in this tight little corner I

think on this entire project I have to

move this ladder approximately four

times doing the ladder dance and so I'm

just gradually working up here and I'm

just gradually cutting in the first

thing I'm doing right here is working

with that brush working with a

paintbrush is one of the things that

takes practice so when you watch these

videos and you see me doing this type of

work please understand that I am guilty

of making some things look easier than

they are and so paint is one of those

things that falls into that category if

you're watching me paint it looks like

it's very very easy but I do have a lot

of experience with painting and so

painting is one of those things that you

can watch someone else do ten thousand

times but until you actually put in the

time you're not going to be able to

develop the high level of skills that

you want to be able to just burn through

the prank because essentially painting

is all about process and so once you

know how you're going to attack a

particular room or solve a particular

problem in a space then it's just about

execution and so as long as you can

transfer those steps and the process

from your mind through your body which

is typically gonna be here your hands

and shoulders and things like that with

regards to it applying the paint to the

wall you should be good to go and so

that's why I was saying before this is

essentially the same process that I

would be using if I were doing a regular

room so instead of using a six foot

stepladder I'm using the twelve what

stepladder I'm having to do a lot more


to positioning the ladder and I'm having

to be a lot more careful with how I work

on this letter because it's so tall and

I'm also having to take a few more steps

with regards to moving around my

supplies as you can see there I've got

my paint tray turned lengthwise and you

can see that that ledge up there is not

actually deep enough for that tray to

have a complete floor to sit on so I'm

going to be very careful with that and

so I'm just kind of working along here

and I'm cutting in the bottom portion of

this here now getting close to the area

that's kind of dusty when you're

painting you want to make sure that you

don't get dust on your brush and if you

do you want to stop and clean that off

because that's just going to continue to

create build-up and it's going to affect

the way that your paint job looks when

you finish because you're gonna get gunk

and dirt and stuff all in your brush

which is gonna be all over your work

which will affect the way that it looks

ultimately so I'm just kind of trying to

get as much of this done as possible

check this out here you're gonna see

here a moment you're gonna see me take a

step or two down and I believe it may

have happened already but there's a one

point in this video where I take a step

and you can literally see the latter

kind of jump you may have to rewind back

to see it you would hear me and make a

little noise but the ladder actually

slides a little bit I'm not doing

anything out of the ordinary on it but

you can see the ladder just kind of like

lurched forward and you can see me or

hear me make a noise these are the type

of things that you care to be careful

for when you're working on these ladders

and the taller it is the more careful

you've got to be and so I'm continuing

to work around here getting closer and

closer and closer and closer and closer

now as you see in painting this room I

started off with doing the tall walls

first and there's a very good reason for

that because I'm going to have to use a

completely different process to knock

out these short walls so now I've got

you up here on the ladder let you see

what it looks like up here it's pretty

high up here there's that area there

that's just complete dust trap that

we're going to be avoiding painting on

this but going to paint everything down

to it and you can see how tall this

ladder is there

the AC registered and we can look down

and see our sinks and countertops and

old light fixtures stay tuned for the

next video where I'm gonna show you how

to paint those short walls and we're

actually going to be painting with

lasers thanks for watching and I'll see

you on the next one