It’s said that painting is the easiest way to transform a room. I beg to differ. I’ve painted many walls over the years. Painting a room is hard work. I’ve painted a lot of furniture, too. I’m always ready for anything that will help make either job a bit easier. Here’s are 15 great painting tips I’ve found that do just that.
1 Before painting chairs and lightweight tables, gently tap a nail into the bottom of each leg. This will elevate the item over your work surface so that you can easily paint the legs without them sticking to your work area. It also helps to get better air to flow for drying.
2 Use push pins to elevate smaller objects. The pins also proved you with a way to hold onto the object while you paint the edges.
3 One of the keys to a good paint job is not skimping on the prepwork. Clean, fill holes, sand, tape off, and remove hardware or outlet covers and switch plates. If necessary, take one day to prep everything. That way you can start out fresh painting the next morning.
4 Protect door knobs from paint by covering them with aluminum foil. The foil molds to the shape of the handle and stays in place until you move it.
5 Revive old masking tape or painter’s tape by putting it in the microwave for 10 seconds. The heat will soften up the adhesive allowing it to easily pull of the roll.
6 Tape all wood work and trim with painter’s tape. Use the corner of a putty knife to tightly press down the tape. This will keep the paint from bleeding underneath. Letting the tape stick out like a little shelf will help catch any paint drips.
7 Protect any items that can’t be removed, like toilets and other plumbing fixtures, by covering them in Saran Wrap. This doesn’t keep paint from seeping beneath the wrap. This is just to protect it from splatters and being bumped by the roller or brush. Use tape to seal an item and get a sharp edge.
8 For easier clean-up, wrap your paint pan with wide aluminum foil. This will save you from having to wash the pan.
9 When using more than 2 gallons of the same color paint, mix all the gallons in a 5 gallon bucket. This will ensure that the color remains the same throughout the application.
10 Slid a rubber band over the open paint can. Then gently wipe the bottom of the paint brush across it each time you dip. This will keep the rim of the can clean and make it easier to put the lid back on.
11 To get into those tight areas, like behind the toilet or radiator, remove the pad from a paint edge tool. Glue a paint stir stick to the pad. You’ll then be able to easily reach into these tight spots.
12 When taking a break during a paint job, wrap your brushes in aluminum foil or Saran Wrap. Make sure they are air tight. This will keep them fresh until you return from your break. If you need to leave them overnight, slip the wrapped brushes into a sealed plastic bag and store them in the refrigerator.
13 If the tape is tearing when you go to peel it off, heat it up with hair dryer then remove it at a 90 degree angle. The heat will help to soften the adhesive allowing for easy removal.
14 Write down the room’s paint color and information on a piece of painter’s tape. Then stick the tape on the back of one of the room’s light switch plates. This way you’ll always know what color you used in that room.
15 Store small amounts of leftover paint in sealed plastic containers or glass jars. Label them with the paint color and information along with the name of the room in which it was used.
Do you have any tips you’ve found helpful that you’d like to share?