Do you have a room to paint but don’t know where to start? I hear you! Painting is not my favorite thing — I am the messiest painter! I want to share some tips I’ve learned a long the way that I hope will help make your painting project go smoother.
So put your painting clothes on and let’s gather up all the supplies.
Here are some supplies we recommend for interior painting projects:
- Paint + Primer
- Long handle like a broom handle
- Paint tray
- Small container with plastic liner — we used a leftover plastic coffee tub
- 2” paintbrush
- Hand-Masker Masking Film and Tape Kit
- Painter’s tape
Prep your space:
Half the battle in painting is all in the prep. Getting your space clean and protected will help the painting process go so much smoother and faster.
- Clean. You’ll get better results with clean walls, so clean your walls with TSP or soap and water.
- Remove the light fixture. If you’re painting the ceiling you’ll need to remove the light fixture.
- Unscrew any light switch/outlet covers.
- Stick painter’s tape over light switches and outlets to protect from paint.
- Protect areas you don’t want paint on with painter’s tape or this Masking Film and Tape Kit.
- Put down a drop cloth. I’m super messy so I definitely need a drop cloth to catch the inevitable drips.
Before you get the roller and paint tray out you need to do all the edges so you don’t get any paint on the ceiling or anywhere you don’t want. This is called ‘edging in’ or ‘cutting in’.
- Pour some paint in a small plastic container. We use leftover plastic coffee containers with a plastic liner inserted.
- With a 2″ angled brush or edger, start painting in the top corner along where the ceiling meets the wall.
- Start in the corner and paint along the ceiling. Continue all around wall edges and corners.
- Use your mini roller or brush to feather out the cut in area so you don’t leave any hard lines or drips.
- Continue painting all around the room like this. Along the ceiling, corners, and along the bottom perimeter of your room.
- Then pour paint in the paint tray and screw your paint roller onto a broom handle. Make sure to not get too much paint on your roller, don’t be messy like me!
- Paint all the walls with your big roller making a giant W and filling in. You’ve already got your edging done so painting the walls goes pretty fast. The long handle really helps make it go faster and saves you from going up and down the ladder.
- Repeat steps. (You will more than likely need to do 2 coats.)
Pro tip: To store your paint roller in between coats, cover with a large ziploc bag and put a rubber band around to secure.
I hope these simple painting tips will help you get great results with your painting project.