Painting the interior walls provides instant gratification with minimal money investment during a home renovation project. Wall painting is also a simple enough task that any DIY home renovator can undertake it themselves.
Whether you’re a first-time painter or experienced house painter, these painting pointers can help make the home renovating task go much smoother.
Plastic Grocery Bags
Keep a supply of plastic grocery bags easily accessible in the room you’re painting. If the phone rings, slip one over your paint-spattered hand before answering it. If you have to leave the room, slip a couple of the plastic bags over your shoes to avoid tracking paint on the floor. Countless other small tasks (cover door knobs, light fixtures, etc.) these free, disposal bags come in handy for while changing wall color.
Trash Bag Smock
Create a smock from a 30 gallon plastic trash bag and protect your clothing from paint spatters. Cut out holes for your head and arms, then slip the bag over your clothing.
No Plastic on Floor
While plastic bags are good to cover hands, feet and torso, don’t use plastic to protect the floor from paint spills. Plastic is slippery and sets the stage for an accident. Use something cloth, like old bed sheets, for drop cloths to protect flooring.
Glue a paper plate to the bottom of the paint can before opening it. The paper plate is larger than the can and will catch all the drips. Keep another paper plate handy to lay paint brush on while taking a break.
Paint Brush Storage
If you don’t finish the painting project in one day, don’t wash out the paint brush. Place the paint-filled brush in a Ziploc storage bag and freeze it until you’re ready to resume painting.
Cut strips of newspaper and wet them, then apply to glass window panes when painting. The newspaper will protect the glass from paint and will be easy to remove when dry, saving the cost of purchasing painter’s tape.
Paint Straight Lines
To paint straight lines without taping off the wall, place a rubber band around the middle of the paint brush bristles to keep them tight and prevent any wayward strands. Dip the brush into the wall paint only up to the rubber band for painting straight lines.
Wipe Away Mistakes
When you paint outside the line or get a little paint on something by mistake, immediately wipe it away. Keep an old damp wash cloth or damp paper towel nearby, wrap it around your thumb or index finger, then use your covered fingernail to wipe away the mistake and leave behind a straight line.