Q: Is there a proper sequence for painting room interiors? I always paint ceilings first, but after that, do you do walls before trim or vice versa? And why?

A: Scott Burt, owner of TopCoat Finishes in Jericho, Vt., and a presenter at JLC Live, responds: I find it best to work in a “top down” approach, starting with two coats on the ceiling. From there I apply the first coat on the walls and then apply two complete coats on the window and door casings as well as on any other trim besides the...

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