Painting a room can be such a daunting task. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love the end result but the cutting, the mess, the hand cramps, moving the furniture, it is no fun. That means I never want to have to go back and fix mistakes, or paint more coats than necessary. Here are my best painting tips to save you time and money!
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The Right Paint Brush
When painting trim and cutting in on walls, the only paint brush I use is an angled brush. Brushes are not a place to skimp on price. The economy brushes tend to leave bristles and streaks behind, no bueno. Try the brushes that cost a little more but will last much longer. They are a worthy investment at $10-$15.
When deciding on the one that works best for you, you may want to think about a few things. First, the weight. A heavy brush on a big job can cause hand cramps and make painting unpleasant. Go for one a little lighter. Second, what kind of paint are you using? Not all brushes are created equal. Some are meant for paints, some for stains and some for both. I usually choose one good for paints or stains. Versatility is good when you are trying to stretch a dollar.
If you have painting to do in small spaces, these little brushes can be pretty handy.
Slow Your Roll on the Paint Load!
Sometimes less is more. The worst thing to find after you finish a room is drip marks, and the best way to avoid them is to use less paint.
Wiping the brush off on the edge of the paint can is going to save you so much time in sanding off drips and repainting.
It is such a disappointment when you put roller to wall and realize you have a bazillion little pieces of roller lint now embedded in your paint. There is a way to avoid that.
First, get the right roller. You want the nap to be appropriate for your surface. The rougher the surface, think popcorn ceiling, the thicker the nap.
Finally, de-lint the roller one more time and you are good to go.
We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Tray Liners
I have two options to save you from spending money on those flimsy plastic tray liners for your roller tray. The first, and my preferred method, the trash bag.
Put your roller tray inside the trash bag and pour your paint on top. I usually pull the drawstring to keep it taught because the paint tends to cling to the bag while you are loading your roller.
Here’s why I like this method. If you need to pause between coats just pull the second half of the bag from underneath the tray, and close it up tight by wrapping the end with Frog Tape. It will keep your paint from drying out.
Bonus, clean up is a breeze because you are literally working out of a trash bag.
Another option is extra wide, heavy duty tin foil. Just line your tray with it and you are good to go.
To Prime or Not To Prime
You can get most paint brands in a primer and paint combo. Why add the extra money or effort? Work smarter not harder.
Ready, Set, Paint!
I have a certain order of operation for painting a room. If I am painting the ceiling, that is the absolute first thing I do. Otherwise, you risk splattering the freshly painted walls with ceiling paint.
If I’m painting walls and trim only, trim gets painted first. This may be different than other recommendations. I just find it easier to cut in around the trim than to keep the trim paint off the wall. Next, I use my angled brush to paint two coats around the ceiling, trim, light switches, and other obstacles. I also paint any small areas that the roller can’t reach. Finally, I roller two coats on the walls leaving about a half hour of dry time between coats.
QUICK CEILING TIP: If I do have to paint the ceiling, Glidden EZ Track is my favorite paint. It is pink while wet but dries white so you can keep track of the spots you have painted. Just don’t use it in moist environments like the bathroom or you will have a pink ceiling every time you shower until the paint fully cures. That can take up to a month. Don’t ask me how I know #PinkBathroomCeiling. You can find that paint here.
The “W” Method
Here’s the thing, walls aren’t perfect, usually. If you paint them straight up and down, there will end up being spots that don’t cover correctly. Painting in a W formation gives coverage in many different directions and helps prevent missed spots due to imperfections in the drywall and creates a more even sheen.
Start with a giant W and then work on filling in all the spots in between.
You’ll Be Done in No Time!
Now you can sit back and enjoy your freshly painted room!