It’s no secret that I paint, a lot, so I thought I would share 10 Painting Tips for Success with you in answer to Wayfair’s latest themed posts, ‘DIY Didn’t I Think of This Sooner’. Hopefully they will help you out in your painting endeavors or maybe make you brave enough to try your first project and fall in love with the process as I have done. The photos are all from me painting my own house, for the second time.
When we bought our house in January of 2002, there were colors that were not in my taste. My bedroom was dark brown and the downstairs was a dark off white, not sure what it’s called, or a light brownish yellow. I knew I would need to paint most of the rooms and I did. It was my first painting project.
Then we moved out of this house for three years and when we moved back into it a little over a year ago, we knew it would be temporary, so I got to work painting the whole thing again so the colors would be neutral and I could sell it. I don’t have the biggest house in the world, thank goodness, but it’s pretty good size anyway. I really love how I painted it and now it’s time to move again. I hope you will learn something in this post that will help you.
Tip One: Protect your work area. It can take a little extra time, but do it anyway. Put plastic down on the carpets, use painters tape and put something extra under your paint cans for extra protection. I used a broken bulletin board and it worked great.
Tip Two: Use a good brush or roller. There is a huge selection at your local hardware or home improvement store. Don’t skimp or you will hate the process.
Tip Three: If you are painting more than one coat or have to stop before you finish, store your wet brush or roller in a bag to prevent having to rinse it after every coat. It is kind of a pain to rinse it all the time. Be sure to seal the bag.
If you’re painting something small or a tiny area, like I recently did with our bathroom cabinets, use a smaller craft brush. Wayfair has a nice variety set for a great price that would be perfect for the job.
This brush is about a 1 inch brush and perfect for the underside of the cabinet drawers.
Tip Four: Use a Paint Shield to protect where the corners are or the floor. They cost almost nothing and really do help. A tip with these is to wipe it off when you move it so you don’t mess up your wall or floor.
Tip Five: Have plenty of old rags handy. I use a dry one for the paint shield and I always have a wet one in case I get paint somewhere I’m not supposed to get it. If you wipe it fast, you can usually take care of it. Not on carpet though. Be sure to use plastic over your carpet. (Yes, I know I said that already, but it’s important.)
Tip Six: When you’re painting where the wall and ceiling meet, have a couple of sponge brushes and a tiny brush to get a nice look where you don’t want to use your roller. This is really great for the tops of baseboards too. That same brush set from Wayfair above has tiny brushes.
Tip Seven: Have a dedicated pair of pants and a shirt or two for painting. I always end up wiping my fingers on my shirt, so I never paint in decent clothes. I have about 4 shirts just for painting and 2 pairs of pants, although I think I left one of them in Alaska last summer.
Tip Eight: BE SAFE. This picture shows me painting in our stairwell, which is about 12 feet high. This ladder is about 10 feet and then there are the stairs. This was scary, to say the least, and probably not very safe either. Do as I say, not as I do. My husband was holding the ladder in place and he is crazy strong, so I didn’t feel like I was in danger at all, but if I were hired to do this job, I’m afraid I would have been in big trouble mister!
Tip Nine: Don’t paint up super high if you are the only person home or at whatever location you are painting. If you fall, you will be laying there until someone gets home. We have a six foot ladder and a 10 foot ladder. The rule here is that I can paint as high as I can on the six foot ladder when I’m alone. If I have to go higher, I have to wait until someone is here. We have 14 foot ceilings in our living room that I had to wait for help to finish.
Tip Ten: Make yourself a little book of paint colors you have used in your house. I got this little photo album for $1 at the local dollar store and used mailing labels on each page. Then I put the actual color sample and had the home improvement store make me an extra label when they mixed the paint. I put each one in their own pocket and labeled which room or area I used that paint. This is great if you have to touch up your paint or are selling your house for the next owners. I took this with me to get some paint the other day and the paint guy hadn’t seen a book like this before. He really liked it.
If you get all the way done and you don’t like the color, remember, it’s just paint. You can cover it up in no time at all!
There you have it. My 10 Painting Tips for Success. Are you a painter? What do you do to ensure success? Do you enjoy it? Leave me a comment below. I love getting comments.