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The Movers.com Blog » Blog Archive » 5 Tips to Make Painting a Room Easier

5 Tips to Make Painting a Room Easier

Painting a room can seem like fun and games up until you realize that you’ll have to live with that color, those streaks or that smudge for a while. Use these tips to make painting the rooms in your house a breeze.

Buy quality brushes when painting for an easier time.

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1. Learn to roll

Dunking a roller into a paint tray and slapping it haphazardly on your wall does not make you a professional painter. There’s actually a technique for rolling paint on walls that will leave you with better coverage (which means fewer touch ups and fewer coats). Take a look at this video. It seems the trick is to make sure you have the right amount of paint on your roller and make sure you blend your “starts” and “stops.”

2. Buckets are better

It might be easier to just buy the roller and tray combo pack from your local big box hardware store, but paint trays are messy and can be cumbersome. A bucket is great because you can dump the entire gallon (or more) of paint into the bucket without spilling paint everywhere. Paint trays are still better if you’re painting a small area that won’t use more than a single gallon, but if you know for sure that you’ll need more than one gallon, just use a bucket and screen.

3. Extensions

Not everyone it tall enough to reach the ceiling. If you are, more power to you. For the rest of us, we need assistance reaching those tall corners. You’ll still need a ladder at some point, but save yourself a possibly dangerous fall and buy (or make) an extension handle for your paint roller. Often enough, the handle of your broom will work just fine.

4. Invest in good quality equipment

You may not be Michelangelo, but a good quality brush can be worth it. It might be easier to just buy the cheap-o paint brushes from the hardware store and toss them when you’re done, but spending a few extra dollars on a quality brush with a comfortable handle can mean the difference between a calloused and splintered hand and a good paint job.

5. Use a small pail for edges

“Cutting in” is the term for painting all the edges of the room before painting the larger areas like the walls. We already suggested you switch from paint tray to bucket and screen for the larger areas, but for smaller jobs, like cutting in use a small pail with a handle. It’s easier to climb up a ladder with something the size of a travel mug than a pizza.

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