DIY Painting Tips & Techniques

DIY Painting Tips & Techniques

Are you thinking about applying a new coat to the living room or the garage? If you’re doing it yourself, you’ll need all the help you can get. While the quality of paint and the tools used will make a difference in the results achieved, at the end of the day, the professionalism of the job will also come into play. To ensure you do a quality job, here are a few DIY tips that’ll be a big help.

First Paint the Trim

If you’re painting your rooms by your lonesome, it would be prudent to adopt the professional way of doing things. Most pros use a particular order when painting interior walls. Usually, they begin with the trim, then the ceiling, and lastly, the walls. There’s a reason for this. It’s more convenient to tape off the trim than the walls. Painting them both off would be unnecessarily tedious.

You don’t have to be pathologically neat when applying paint to the trim. Focus on achieving that smooth and silky finish on the wooden surface. Did some trim paint find its way onto the walls? Forget about it; the wall paint will cover these spots up easily.

Having finished with the trim, let it dry for at least 24 hours. After this period, tape it off – the ‘easy release’ painter’s tape will do wonders here – then work on the ceiling, and finish with the walls.

Use Spatter Sheets or Drop Cloths

No matter how keen you are while painting, spillage or some spattering will happen. Waiting to wipe them from your carpets, wooden floor, or wooden furniture is unadvisable as the process will be tedious, and there’s no guarantee the paint will completely come off. Prepare for this eventuality and use drop cloths, preferably made from canvas, to protect your work area.

Thick pieces of canvas are heavy and rough. They thereby remain in place without the need to tape them for support. You can use them to cover all your exposed surfaces. Plastic spatter sheets or drop cloths, on the other hand, do not stay in place. They are also slippery to walk on, and thus, setting a ladder to paint higher areas has some risk to it.

Furthermore, paint spilled on plastic sheets remains in its undried liquid form. Therefore, it’s pretty easy to get paint on your shoes and eventually track to the rest of the house. Despite the benefits of using canvas, things can still get slippery, especially if the drop cloth is laid on hard floors. In this scenario, rosin-paper is the way to go. It gives you the right amount of grip on hardwood, tile, and vinyl floors. You’ll, however, have to tape these sheets on the floor to do away with any slipperiness.

It’s worth noting that even with rosin-paper or canvas drop cloths, large spills still need immediate attention; otherwise, they might seep onto the floor underneath. Spills can be cleaned with cloth rags or paper towels.

Work for Consistent Texture Along Edges

Areas next to the trim and corners are usually solely painted with a brush. This creates an area whose texture is distinctively different from the surrounding painted surfaces. To keep this texture consistent throughout, apply the paint with a brush as you normally would, and then immediately use a roller before the paint begins to dry.

The best tool to use here would be a 3-inch roller sporting a nap with the same thickness as the one used to paint the rest of the wall. While you shouldn’t slop paint onto the trim or bump the opposite wall, roll as close as is possible. This brushing and rolling should be wholly done before moving to a different section.


Navigating your way to a professional finish will require a lot of time, care, and effort on your part. If it’s a public room, the scope of the project is sizeable, or you simply don’t have enough time to give your walls the attention they need, then don’t hesitate to call the professionals. For all your home and commercial painting projects, Painter Bros are there to provide reliable and skillful services.