Box your paint

Get your salesperson to help you with a realistic estimate of how much paint you’ll really need so that you can buy it all at once. Then,...

Paint from top to bottom

After you’ve cut in your edges at the ceiling and baseboard using a brush, use your roller to apply paint from the ceiling downward. Amateurs often have...

Top Ways to Paint Like a Pro – 8

Let the roller do the work Today’s premium paints flow on easily, and you’ve already chosen a good roller cover (right?), so there’s...

Do a thorough visual inspection and prep

Any cracked, flaking or peeling areas need to be lightly sanded or scraped (and then thoroughly rinsed) before applying new primer and paint because the weight of...

Protect anything you don’t want painted

You will never regret the time you spend covering floors, furniture, and hardware before you begin a paint project. Drop cloths are a must, and small plastic...

Know your nap

The more texture your walls have, the thicker the nap you’ll want on your roller cover so that it can reach into crevices and give complete coverage....

Buy high-quality brushes, roller covers, and painter’s tape

If you’re splurging on great paint, you definitely don’t want to pinch pennies on the application. Good brushes and roller covers give excellent coverage so that you...

Painting Walls Like a DIY Pro.Pick your painting techniques

Your paint is mixed and your roller is at the ready, but make sure to plan a strategy before you get started. Work from the top of...

Painting Walls Like a DIY Pro.Mix your paint

Use a wooden paint stick to stir the paint, and re-stir often throughout the project. If you’re using more than one gallon of paint, combine the cans...

Painting Walls Like a DIY Pro.Prep the walls and the room

You don't want to damage your favorite sofa or that heirloom Grandma gave you, so empty the room of all the furniture. If you don't have enough...

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Painting Walls Like a DIY Pro.Give yourself enough time

The amount of time your project will take depends on the size of your room, how you’re painting, and your skill level....

Painting Walls Like a DIY Pro.Clean up

You’ve done multiple coats, but it’s not time to relax just yet. Remove all painters tape and gather drop clothes, making sure...