These wall painting tips came straight from the professional house painter we hired when we built our house. Stu, our painter, taught me two valuable wall painting tips that I still use to this day to get professional results.
The first wall painting tip might be obvious (it was not to me at the time so I’m not going to assume it is to you either!).
The second one makes a huge difference in how smooth and buttery looking your wall will look when they are dry.
Blue painters tape is A.W.E.S.O.M.E. I don’t know how I ever lived without it.
I have got a pretty steady hand when I am trimming a room, but nothing can match the crisp line you get with painter’s tape around moulding.
One word of warning, however: I tried using it on my ceiling once, and it pulled up the paint on the ceiling (It was not fresh paint). I have no idea why, but it did. I now trim at the ceiling with a steady hand and no tape.
Our professional house painter, Stu, taught me that if you are painting with any sheen other than flat, you must keep a wet edge at all times until you finish a wall.
When you start a wall, you need to keep going on that wall for its whole surface. Never let any edge of the paint dry before you start rolling the next part of the wall.
In other words, don’t put your roller extension on and paint the entire top part of the room on each wall. Then take off the extension and roll the rest of the room. Stick to one wall at a time.
You can typically paint the top of the wall all the way across. Then take off your roller extension and paint across the middle of the wall. And finish by moving across the bottom of the wall.
A normal size room should let you do this and still keep that wet edge.
If you have an especially long wall, paint from top to bottom and move across the wall painting from top to bottom.
It’s more of a pain if you are using a roller extension, but that way the area you have to keep wet is smaller and easier to manage.
Here’s an example from my house where for some reason we painted a portion of the wall and left part for another time. I think it was because of having to paint by the ceiling on the stairs.
You can see the blotchy paint results from letting a part of the wall dry and then starting over it with wet paint. Same color paint, same sheen (eggshell) and the wall is dry.
I make sure that I do all the cutting-in, trim painting first and then roll, and roll as close to the ceiling and other edges as I can.
Don’t worry about a wet edge from the cutting in. I haven’t noticed sheen differences from any of that in my other rooms, and little things like that generally are blaring, thorns-in-my-side if they show up!
All of this applies to any painting you do–a cabinet side will show sheen differences too.
Any touch ups you do in a room with paint besides flat, will show up in sheen differences. Keep any touch ups as small as you can–don’t use a paintbrush when a Q-tip will work.
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