Challenge: Share Your Painting Tips !!!

Last week, I set out to paint my apartment. I thought that I’d be able to conquer the living room and bedroom in one night. How hard could it be? Several hours and quite a few tears later, I realized I was wrong…

What painting tips would you share with a beginner?
What do you wish you’d known when you started out?
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  12 answers
  • Renee Renee on Jan 29, 2017
    Hire a professional.

  • Linda Linda on Jan 29, 2017
    I tried this a few minutes ago, and I don't think it posted here goes: I use a good dose of hand lotion on any exposed skin before I paint. Clean up is a breeze!

  • Sharon shaffer Sharon shaffer on Jan 29, 2017
    When I paint a room I ask for an extra label that they put on the can at the where the paint I purchase the paint, This label then goes on the backside of a switch plate in the room so if I ever need more there is no problem getting an exact match.

  • Sharon shaffer Sharon shaffer on Jan 29, 2017
    It should have said an extra label that they put on the can at the place where I purchase the paint.

  • Annie Doherty Annie Doherty on Jan 30, 2017
    Preparation is key, clear as much out of the room or ensure items that can't be moved are covered. Ensure paintwork is washed down and sanded thoroughly, have everything to hand and from a personal viewpoint be realistic of just how much you can achieve in a day pace yourself, breaking the job down into managable tranches will help to get the job done. At least you have started that is the main thing, don't give up now, painting and decorating isn't easy peasy, however the end result will be well worth it. Good luck I hope you manage to finish your home.

  • Julie Julie on Jan 31, 2017
    Use good quality painters tape and a very, very fine seam of caulk to ensure the paint doesn't bleed below it. Cut in the edges with a brush and use a roller with the recommended nap for the rest.

  • Bernice H Bernice H on Jan 31, 2017
    Wrap rollers and brushes in plastic and put in refrigerator over night..I hate cleaning brushes and rollers. Evidently murphys oil soap makes cleaning brushes easy and quick. I never think of it in time. Line your roller tray with foil or plastic bag...tray stays clean...( well,mostly ,for me!)

  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Jan 31, 2017
    I was married to a painter. Remove or move things to center of room. Cover with large tarp or drop cloth/old sheets will do. Painters tape as needed usually the window panes when you paint the strips. Tape drop cloth to woodwork like baseboard. Open paint and stir even if they did put the cans in a shaker. Use brush to cut edges where you plan a different color like the ceiling. Use a broad stroke so you won't have problems when you use a roller for most of the work. ALWAYS roll large areas, quicker. I like the idea of bagging the tray. You can also bag brush handles to avoid it coming back on your hand. Or push the handles through a coffee cup top. DO NOT put too much paint on brush or roller; it cuts down on runs. If you can't finish all the work in one day; pour paint back into can and wipe off lip of can before closing. Rollers and brushes can be stored in plastic bag in the fridge for the night. When finished completely, put brush/rollers in water for latex or linseed oil for oil paint. To save as much paint as possible; use a putty knife to scrape the paint into the can; from the brush or roller; You can also use a steal bristle to get the paint out, but go easy. Keeps it our of your plumbing too. The latex will clean off easiest if still wet. Soap and warm water should be worked through brush and rinsed under running water. Put brush back in it's cover for drying and storage to keep it's shape. For oil use the linseed oil and an old rag to get the paint out. Pull off painter's tape and have a razor blade handy for windows if any drips. OOPS! should have put this first. If any panes need to be reset scrape of crumbly glazing compound, paint, glaze, re-paint. Hope that covers it. He passed on a few years ago.

  • Cindy Cindy on Feb 01, 2017
    I always work top to bottom, in case of drips, and do trim first. It is way easier to cut in with a good quality angle brush on a wall than on the side of a trim piece.

  • Deborah Campion Deborah Campion on Feb 01, 2017
    i buy a edge painter from the hardware store, it has a brush type pad with little wheels on the edge...dip pad into can only go side to side, or do up and down areas by turning pad. it goes on really fast then use rollers for fill in from top to bottom. works around windows too unless they are really close then you need to use painters tape and a brush.

  • Colleen Thompson Colleen Thompson on Feb 02, 2017
    CLEAN-UP TIP! ** There is a common tip for keeping the dirty (unrinsed) brush in the fridge or freezer which may be popular for many, but I found out for myself that it is not fool-proof...Just be sure not to let it slip your mind that you placed it there "temporarily" as I did recently. Acting on that tip, I put the brush in the fridge 'on hold' until I could get back to the project the next day...well as life would have it, that didn't happen; in fact, a disruption in a lot of plans happened and the brush sat in crisper drawer far longer than I ever intended, maybe a couple of weeks. The latex semi-gloss paint had coagulated on the bristles and was a terrible half-hardened mess. I tried washing, soaking, commercial brush cleaners, and using an old scrub brush to try to get the paint off of it to no avail. **BUT THEN, I found an old ACE pocket comb, the kind with fine teeth...and like a miracle I was able to get every little bit of paint off the bristles! Just in the nick of time, too, as I had resolved to throw the paintbrush away if this last idea failed me. **

  • Cecile Whyte Cecile Whyte on Feb 03, 2017
    I love all these ideas. I just want to add a few tips that as an avid diy'er that have also learned a think or two here's my 2 cents. *Buy the widest painters tape: tape around the room at the ceiling where it meets the wall and along the baseboard where it meets the wall and window frames. Remove the electical plates, tape over the plug/switch area. Fill all holes with drywall filler (let it dry) and lightly sand. Because imperfections are not always visible until after you're finish painting, it's best to use eggshell finish paint. It shows less of the imperfections. Don't be shy at the paint store. Ask questions they are more than happy to give you tips. Paint with primer is best. Using a 2" brush cut in at the top and bottom about 2-3 ft at a time, then with the roller (fully saturated but not dripping) start from the center rolling upwards form a "V" and continue to fill-in that space (you will need to reload the roller when it starts spattering) and continue with the bottom half. You will need to work quickly to avoid dry edges. Like Colleen said be careful leaving brushes in the fridge. I personally prefer saranwrap with foil paper or plastic bag. Someone suggested pinterest which is great idea or a "DIY" web site. View your handy work in daylight before your second coat. You will see spots you may have missed. Just use small pieces of painters tape to mark them so with the 2nd coat you get those areas. Oh, something I just learned is when you fill any holes, before you start the painting just put some of the paint on the fillers.
    Happy Painting!!!!