So I painted my son’s room in Boston Red Sox colors of course 😉 I thought I would share some painting tips and tricks when it comes to painting that I have learned over the year. I want to share with you some tricks, tips and some painting items you should have.
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Wash your walls first- You have to get dirt, grime, hair, etc off your walls. If you paint over these things it may look uneven, the paint may not stick, you could have bumps etc. it won’t be right. I usually use hot water and soap. Sometimes depend on the crud you will need to use cleaner or a scraper.
Fill in any Holes– You will want to fill in any holes you have. I used premixed wall joint compound. You can sand off the excess or wipe it off with a wet rag. Don’t go overboard with the fill or it will be hard to wipe off later. I cleaned a house once that had like 30 holes filled on a wall they just wiped it on and let it dry it wasn’t even flat with the wall. It took me 3 hours to clean it all of the walls so the painters could paint it was a mess.
Once your walls are dry it’s time to tape- I tape the baseboards and around the trim. I do not tape the ceiling, the reason why is because I use a cutting in technique which I will tell you about next. Make sure when you tape it’s really stuck on the wall or you will have bleeding onto other parts you don’t want it.
For baseboards, you will want to stick the tape on the top edge of the baseboard then turn it down and rub the tape down onto the baseboard. The pictures below show this step.
Wait until the paint is dry before you pull the tape off. You will regret pulling it off too soon. The paint can bleed, it also can just pull the paint off of the wall or you can just make a paint mess with your tape and wet paint.
Make sure your paint is well mixed. If you don’t mix your paint well it will separate causing you to get just a small bit of the actual color etc. Before I even pour the paint from the bucket I mix it. Even if it’s just been an hour or two since my last coat. It’s better to be safe than sorry. You will want to pick up free stirring sticks from your hardware store so you have a few to mix the paint. If you are using a 5-gallon bucket you should invest in a drill bit mixing tool. It makes it go fast and you don’t have to hurt your arms mixing that much paint.
Cutting in– You need to learn to get good at cutting in. When you use the cutting in technique you need to get just a little bit of paint on your brush put it as close as you can to the ceiling then slowly move the bush trying not to get any on the ceiling. when you get good at doing this you save so much time and don’t have to worry about the tape falling off the ceiling. Or even worse most ceilings and walls are not straight where they meet so it can look wonky. Also, make sure you smooth out your paint once I have done up close to the ceiling I take my brush across the bottom and smooth it out.
Paint with the paint brush first-Once you have cut in the ceiling then you will need to go right up next to your edges you have taped off and paint. Basically, you are painting all the edges then filling it in later with the roller. The paint brush I used is a short angle brush I love this paint brush I don’t think I could use any other one after using it.
Get ready to roll-First put down plastic, rolling paint on the wall can sometimes cause the paint to drip or splatter on the floor. You will also want to put your pan down on the plastic for this same reason. Save your floors! When rolling the paint on the wall remember to do a v or w type roll it gets you the best coverage then trying to do it in a line plus if you don’t keep the paint even you can have lines on your walls.
Saving money not buying a new roll-When you are done rolling the paint on and know you will be needing the roll again. You will want to put it in a gallon size zip lock bag and put it in the fridge. Then when you are ready to paint you just unzip it and you can start rolling again. Do this will save you money and time.
You can also use this for your paint brushes too. Sometimes it’s just easier to clean the paint brush every time. I also use a nice roller to roll on my paint the cheap ones you can get. If you invest in a nice one you will be glad later it’s not as flimsy as others and the grip is usually nicer. Also, the cheap ones can rust a lot easier.
Cleaning your paint Brush– When cleaning your paint brush you will want to run water on it while using a metal wire brush to brush out the paint. I always used to just use water to clean out my brushes and always wondered why after a while it built up yucky paint and stiffened. Using the wire brush gets out the paint that sticks to it. I might be able to keep my good brush for a while now. Spending a lot on a paint brush is worth it if you can keep it.
Use the edger tool on big ceilings-I have really tall vaulted ceilings in our living room and kitchen area. I had stressed over what I was going to do when it came to the ceiling.
I have a fear of ladder heights I can’t go to high without having a panic attack. When I went shopping for painting supplies I found this edger tool that gets close to the ceiling.
I tried it first on a lower wall then moved to the bigger ones. I learned as long as you carefully load the paint not getting any on the rollers or the top part you are golden. You will have to use a painting pole to get it close to the ceiling.
Get a pole for big walls-You will want to get a painter pole that hooks to the end of your roller handle for big walls. I don’t like using them on normal size walls because if you get too low it can kind of take off causing an, oops you don’t want.
Use an oh crap rag– Basically, you will want a half damp/half dry rag for when you really mess up and get something on a wall, ceiling or baseboard you didn’t intend. It’s better to wipe it right away then wait till it drys and you can’t get it off.
Wear painting clothes– You will want to find some clothes you can designate for painting clothes. No matter how hard you try not to get paint on your clothes you will. I promise I thought oh I can be really careful and not get anything on my clothes and sure enough I would get a drop or a mark here or there. ]
Soon I had to just designate a shirt and pants for painting. After using them for so long on painting If I get a spot on my hand etc and have nowhere for the paint to go I wipe it on my pants or shirt.
Things you may need for painting
I hope this helps you become a better painter. I can promise you even using all this I always have a few oops moments and have a little bit of touch up on my son’s walls but I am getting better over time and so will you.