Whether you’re changing the color of a room or refreshing faded paint, painting a room can be quite an undertaking. Here are 10 interior painting hacks that could make the job a little easier and come out with better results.
1. Press down painters tape with a putty knife
When painting along trim, baseboards or flooring it is a good idea to use painters tape to create a nice clean line. However, it is common when finished with the beautiful paint job to remove the tape and find paint has found its way under the tape and results in uneven edging. To avoid this dismay, start by using the correct tape. Masking tape becomes wavy when the paint is applied allowing it to seep under. It is best to use painters tape that is made to remain sealed when painted without buckling. Apply the painter’s tape and press it down with a putty knife. This will create a good seal and prevent the paint from bleeding.
2. Remove Tape With Heat
When it comes time to remove the painters tape, you will need these two hacks to get it off without frustration. Tape that has held up properly while painting may be hard to undo the seal that was created and either stick to the surface or try to bring the wall with it as it is removed. Applying heat to the tape with a heat gun or blow dryer will release the seal and ensure it peels of smoothly. It is also important to when removing the tape pull it at an angle away from the painted surface further encouraging that smooth clean line you are after.
3. Scrape a line in textured ceilings
Textured ceilings have bumps and ridges that are nestled closely along the surface of interior walls. They can be hard to navigate while trimming the ceiling and are almost impossible to avoid. This can result in a wavy line along the top of the wall with paint running along pieces of the ceiling texture. Removing the texture along the interior wall by scraping with a screwdriver can create a clean smooth line for cutting in while painting and leave your ceiling paint free.
4. Remove roller cover fuzz
It can be discouraging while roller painting to find that fuzz has found its way in the surface of your freshly painted walls. These loose fibers could be pulling from the roller cover if they were not removed beforehand. Prepping the covers properly by washing them in soap and water will pull out the pieces. After it has completely dried, you can further remove any fibers that are tempted to be left behind by running over it with a lint roller or packaging tape and result in a fuzz free finished paint job.
5. Use Proper Lighting
Making sure you are working in a well lit space is important for the outcome of your interior paint project. Working in a room with shadows or changing natural light throughout the day can result in missed areas that may not be seen until all the work and clean up has been finished for the day. Instead of leaving yourself with a less than satisfactory finish or having to redo that section of painting, light up the surface with work lights and check back over your work regularly as you go. This will allow any touch ups that are needed to be caught right away and allow for proper blending.
6. Temporarily store wet brushes in plastic bags
If you need to stop painting before your project is fulling completed consider this hack before cleaning your brushes. Wet paint brushes can be stored in plastic bags and kept from drying out so they can be picked back up when you are ready to return to the project. Make sure to tie the plastic bag airtight. This can save you paint and time. It can also allow you to work in sections if your painting task is a large area.
7. Give drop cloths solid corners
Drop cloths are a necessary addition to your list of paint supplies to ensure the safety of your furniture and flooring surfaces during painting. Plastic drop cloths are difficult to keep in place or relocate to the next workspace once they are covered in paint. This can be made easier by simply cutting cardboard pieces and taping them to the corners of your drop cloth. This adds weight to the edges making them stay in place a little better. Also, it will make it easier to fold for transitioning to the next room.
8. Cover paint trays
Some of the best hacks are the one that allow for easier clean up and making items reusable. A great tip for your paint trays is to line them with tin foil, a plastic bag or cling wrap. When your painting project is complete, you simply remove the covering and throw it away. The tray is still perfectly clean and ready to reuse.
9. Avoid messy paint cans
Throughout the day of painting it is common to notice the paint can become more and more covered in paint as drips run down its side from wiping paint brushes along its edges. This can be frustrating when you go to secure the lid back on the paint can only to find the ridge it should pop into filled with paint and further splatter over the sides as you try to seal it. This covers important information on the label you may need next time you go to use that paint. Using a rubber band across the top for wiping excess paint from brushes can help you avoid messy paint cans.
10. Deep clean paint brushes with vinegar.
When the monumental tasks of prepping and painting are through it is time for the next task of clean up. A hack to make this a little easier is a simple way to thoroughly clean out your paint brushes. Water alone will not remove all the paint for the brushes. This can leave them stiff and possibly unusable for your next project. Placing the rinsed paint brushes in warm vinegar for 10-30 minutes will further loosen the paint. Remove any excess paint from the bristles.
We know painting can be a big task. Hopefully with these 10 hacks it has given you ideas how to make painting a little easier. Need some help? We’d love to give you an estimate on your next interior paint project. Call us today!