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When you are ready to paint anything around your home, we offer great tricks and tips to help you paint like a pro.

11 Helpful Painting Tips

Whether you are a beginner or a pro, there is always time to learn new painting tips. I know they say you can’t teach an old dog, but most of know that isn’t true.

If you are painting a room, apiece of furniture or a whole house, this little tricks can make life just a bit smoother.

Ensuring that the groove where the lid sits is clean and place a piece of plastic wrap under the lid to help keep the paint fresh. Dab some paint on the lid and mark what color and what it was used for help you find it when you need to touch up a spot.

Paint lid seal


Painting different colors next to each other in a corner or painting stripes on you wall?

Get crisp clean perfect lines using painters tape and this trick.

Perfect paint lines

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Store left over paint in a Rubbermaid Paint Buddy so you can touch up spots if needed.

Paint Buddy


When you are painting with a roller, for best results, paint in a “W” pattern. Start the next full roller of paint about 2 roller lengths away for where you ended. Work back, overlapping were you already painted.

Roller Painting


To save the mess of holding a one gallon paint can when cutting in corners, use an old coffee can or a Paint Pail by HANDy, you can get liners for it also for easy cleanup.

Paint Pail

If you did some spackling before you painted and you have an empty 1 gal pail around they also work great.


When you are done rolling you walls, scrape excess paint from the roller to make it easier to clean. You may need that last bit of paint so don’t toss it away.

Scaping paint roller


They make liners you can by to fit your paint tray so you don’t have to clean it anymore. But if you want to be economical you can always use a Home Depot or Target shopping bag.

Paint tray liners


When you need to take a break or while you are moving things around.

Keep you paint brush and rollers from drying out. Put them in a ziplock bag or wrap them in saran wrap until the project is done. Then wash r=them with warm soapy water.


We hope these tips will make you painting project go smoother. Happy Painting.


Painting Stripes on Your Wall

Putting stripes on a wall is a creative way to add some dimension to a room to make it look larger or taller. Vertical stripes will make the room appear higher, while horizontal stripes will make it look longer.

The stripes and patterns you use will depend on the look you are trying to achieve. Using a different shade of the same basic color will add a nice soft look. While contrasting colors will add more brightness to the room.

Using painters tape makes it easy to create your stripes. Below is a great video that shows you how simple it can be to begin painting stripes on your wall.

My Secret Tip: After you have taped your stripes, paint over the inside edge of the tape with the existing base paint color or clear lacquer, this will seal the edge of the tape so when you paint your stripe color it will not bleed under the edge of the tape and you will get a nice clean line when you remove the tape.



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Paint Like a Pro

You have decided you want to spruce up your home. You have decided on the colors you want. You have done all the prep work. Check out our article on prepping your walls before painting, Click Here!

Now you are ready to paint like a pro. There are a number of tools you will need, these tools come in a variety of grades, from economical to professional. Of course the better grades will accomplish a more professional job, But they usually cost a lot more. It pays to not go with the cheapest tools available. Even if you are just doing 1 or 2 rooms it still pays to upgrade to at least a mid grade quality if you want a job well done.

Here you’ll find all of the information you need to make any painting project go more smoothly and get excellent results.

Paint Surface Preparation Tools

Surface preparation is crucial in painting interiors. It is essential to have a dry, clean, obstruction-free surface before you start to paint. Here are the tools you’ll need:

  • Screwdriver: to remove all outlet and switch covers
  • Painter’s tape: to place on trims, baseboards, uncovered outlets and switches, and any other surface that needs protection from paint stains
  • Paint scraper or flexible putty knife: to remove cracked or peeling paint and to apply caulking compound or putty to cracks, nail holes, and other surface depressions
  • Steel wool or a wire brush: to remove grime and old paints or stains from raw wood
  • Sandpaper: to smooth out imperfections, sags, drips, or runs on walls or other surfaces
  • Tack or damp cloth: to wipe clean surfaces to be painted after using steel wool or sandpaper

Painting Tools: Brush or Roller?

Once you’ve properly prepared the surface, you’re ready to paint. Whether to use a paintbrush or a paint roller depends on the type of paint you are using and the size of the surface to be painted.


Although using a paintbrush takes considerably longer than a roller, it is ideal for cutting in, windows, baseboards, and intricate trim work.

  • Nylon/polyester blended brushes: the best choice for all latex (water-based) paints and coatings
  • Natural China bristle brushes: the best choice for oil-based paints, stains, epoxies, and varnishes because natural bristles will soak up the water and go limp when used to apply water-based paints
  • Paintbrush sizes: A 1- to 2-inch brush is ideal for small spaces, tight trim areas, touchups, and detail work. A 2.5- to 3-inch brush is perfect for trim and corner work, and the larger 4- to 5-inch brush is recommended for larger areas like walls or side paneling.

Paint Rollers

Paint rollers make painting go more quickly, but should be used only for painting walls, ceilings, and other large, flat surfaces. They can be used to apply both latex and oil-based paints and stains and do a fine job with both gloss and semi-gloss coatings.

  • Paint roller sizes: The standard roller length is 9 inches. For smaller areas, a 4-inch or 7-inch roller cover may be used. For larger areas like walls, ceilings, and floors, 14-inch and 18-inch rollers will get the job done more quickly.

Here’s a comprehensive list of painting tools and supplies you’ll need to give your interior a gorgeous and lasting paint makeover:

  • Primer and paint
  • Paint brushes and paint rollers
  • Paint paddles
  • Roller trays
  • Mineral spirits/solvents (to clean up oil-based paint)
  • Drop cloths or tarps and cleaning cloths
  • Caulking gun, putty knife, and caulk/joint compound
  • Steel wool, wire brush
  • Tack cloth
  • Painter’s tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Sandpaper

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Now that the painting is done and you are cleaned up, it’s time to sit back and enjoy your hard work, Congratulations on a Great Job!

Preparing Walls for Painting

Preparing walls for painting is a rather important step in the process of making your home to look fantastic. Most people would think, Hey just put some paint on the walls and we will be done! Actually, prepping your walls properly first will make your paint job a whole lot  better and last 5 times longer.

A proper prepping job actually takes longer than the painting itself. But if you want a great looking room, roll up your sleeves and lets get started.

Begin by removing as much furniture as possible from the room. Use drop cloths to cover the floor and any remaining furniture. While plastic is ideal for furniture, canvas drop cloths absorb paint, are not slippery, will not move, and can be reused.

Next, remove any pictures, mirrors, window treatments, and electrical/light switch plates. Loosen the ceiling plates of hanging light fixtures and cover the fixtures.

Washing the Walls

Because surface dirt can cause poor adhesion, use a light detergent to wash surfaces that are soiled, that are touched often, or that may have any oily residue from cooking. Take care not to leave any residue from the detergent.

Wash doors and trim, particularly where they are handled. After they are clean, wipe surfaces with a damp cloth and allow them to dry before painting.

Removing Pen, Crayon, and Water Stains

To prepare a wall for painting, use a liquid detergent to remove as much of the markings left by pens, crayons, and water stains as possible, and wipe with a clean wet cloth. For any remaining marks, spot prime the affected areas with Moore’s® QD 30® or Fresh Start® to prevent “bleeding” through the finish coat.

Dull Glossy Areas

To ensure proper adhesion, sand glossy surfaces with fine sandpaper. Be sure to remove sanding dust. Vacuum surfaces clean and wipe with a tack cloth.


Examine floor, wall, and ceiling surfaces for nail holes, cracks, or any other surface imperfections. Use a putty knife to rake out any large plaster cracks or loose particles in your walls and ceilings.

Firmly press spackling compound into crevices with a putty knife and smooth until the compound is flush with the surface.

To fill mitered trim joinings (which are open) and door or window trim that is separated from your wall, press the compound into the crevices, and smooth it with your finger. Allow it to dry and then sand lightly.

Because patching compound shrinks when it dries, it is often necessary to apply the compound a second time after the first coat has dried.

See our article on repairing drywall:

When preparing your walls for painting by performing spackling work of this kind, we recommend Moorlastic® Lightweight Compound and Moorlastic Vinyl Spackling Paste.

Removing Loose Paint

Use a putty knife to remove any loose or scaling paint. When you remove paint from walls or ceilings, sand paint edges to ensure a smooth surface. This will marry the two levels of paint so the edges will not be noticed when it is re–coated.

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Now that you have properly prepped your room it is time to break out the paint and equipment and get painting.

Don’t forget drop cloths and tape to keep paint off of the places you don’t want it.

What Do I Paint First?

When you start a paint project, the first question that always comes up is, what do I paint first?

Depending on what you are painting of course, will change the answer to that question.

If you are painting the whole room.

Start with the ceiling. It is best to do the ceiling first for a many reasons.

  • If you splatter paint onto the walls, which you will, it will be easily covered by the wall paint.
  • We will generally use a flat paint on the ceiling, which is easy to work with and hide a lot of imperfections. Unless you are doing a kitchen or bath, then there is paint specifically for that, to help with moisture and grease.
  • When you cut in the corner between the ceiling and walls, bring the paint an inch or so onto the wall, this will ensure a clean line when you cut in with the wall color.


Next you will want to do the walls.

When paint your walls it is best to use a satin or eggshell finish. Flat paint will mark up really quickly and is not washable. While semi-gloss will should all the imperfections in the wall.

  • I always do the cutting in of my corners and trim before I do my rolling. Cutting in corners and along trim before you roll the walls or ceiling will give you a cleaner  job. When you roll over the edge of the cut in, it will blend it nicely.
  • Cutting in the ceiling is a fine art, you need a good brush and a steady hand to get a fine line. see the video on the Next Page for some great tips on cutting in the ceiling.
  • Next you will want to cut along the trim work. If you are going to paint the trim, I use the same method as the ceiling as far as making sure I get the whole corner and part way on to the trim.
  • If you don’t plant to paint the trim you will need to cut along the corner with a good brush or use painters tape to cove the trim.



Finish with painting the trim.

  • When painting trim work, it is best to use a semi-gloss trim paint. It has a sheen to allow the trim to stand out and is very durable and washable.
  • Cutting in the trim work is the toughest part of painting your room, you need a real good trim brush and the right technique or a lot of taping.
  • Start from the top and work your way down, this way you catch any drip along the way.


Check out the video on the Next Page for great tips on cutting in your paint job.