Sharing some of my best painting tips with the Hometalk community!

Painting is not for the faint of heart but not rocket science either. Assuming your walls were previously painted and not new drywall - start by giving them a good wash and rinse. I use a mild solution of vinegar and water, then clear water to rinse. Tape your baseboards and any window and door trim. Buy good quality paint, rollers, a paint tray and an angled brush. Painting is like reading a book. You paint from left to right. The handle of your roller should be to your right. This ensures more even coverage since this part of the roller gets more pressure. Using your angled brush start painting along your ceiling edge and along your wall edge an area about 4 feet across by 4 ft down. Not to much paint on your brush because you don't want drips. You will be giving your walls at least 2 coats anyway. Use your roller to paint this area in, painting in a W pattern. Your roller should be covered in paint but not dripping or saturated. Do this down to the floor using your angled brush to paint along your baseboard. Paint fast enough to always have a wet edge on your right side. If you need to stop finish the wall first.
1- Take your time. The more you paint the better you will become. Painting to me is a stress reliever. My house has been painted so many times that people always ask me what color my walls are now. My motto - if you don't like the color, change it. It's a cheap way to decorate.
2- buy the small paint samples ($4-5) and try it on your wall if you're not sure the color is right. Cheaper than buying a gallon if you change your mind.
3 - clean your brushes really well with dish soap and warm water when you're done. Otherwise wrap your brush and roller in plastic wrap, nice and tight. Make sure the air can't get at them. Put both in a plastic bag and keep in the fridge for a day or 2. I freeze mine if I don't think I'll have time to paint for a week or so. Make sure you give them enough time to thaw before using again.
3- you will be so proud when your finished. Now the fun part begins with the accessories or new bedding to go with your beautiful walls.
I hope if you're new to painting or afraid to try, this will give you a little encouragement. Have fun.
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  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Jan 30, 2017
    These are so helpful!!! I know for myself, I always want to be done fast,but you're right, you have to earn the speed through the learning curve. Thank you for sharing!

  • Glenda Glenda on Jan 31, 2017
    I've been told paint that has been frozen is changed on a molecular level and it doesn't adhere as well. I'm concerned that freezing your brushes would cause the paint on them to be inferior. I'm no expert, though.

  • Diane Diane on Jan 31, 2017
    You're right about a gallon of paint left to freeze. I would not ise it. But your brush has bery little paint on it when you're ready to put it away so I've never had an issue.

  • Jean Jean on Feb 02, 2017
    Two questions, please: (1) In what order do I paint ceiling, walls, trim? (2) How do I paint over 50s style wood paneling? Thank you for taking the time to write this article for us (Hometalk people) - we appreciate it!!

    • Geri Geri on Mar 03, 2017
      (1) paint from top-to-bottom ... ceiling first, then walls, then trim & baseboards; (2) paint groves in paneling with a brush, then go over all with roller ... keep the brush handy, though, sometimes you'll get roller drips in the grooves, blend as you go. Good luck!!

  • Jean Jean on Mar 13, 2017
    Thanks so much for the advice! That paneling is a bear but will look so much better in white (I hope). Living room redo from 80s yucky/heavy maroon and forest green to green (saving some items!) and blue with lots of white - sort of beachy and light. Can't wait. Already did the bedroom and bathroom in these colors (no paneling tho) and they look fab.