These Tips Make Painting Ceilings and Walls Easy
Painting is so much easier if you know a few tricks. No matter what colors you choose for painting ceilings and walls, the biggest time saver—and sign of a professional-looking job—is a clean line of paint where two colors meet.
We’ve been painting rooms, both big and small with, complicated patterns and solid colors. So instead of taking the time to tape around every door and baseboard, try these steps to achieve the results you want from your next painting project. Follow the steps below, or watch our quick video on cutting-in
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First, you’ll need to gather a few supplies:
1. Trim and wall paint
- Featured Glidden Complete Paint + Primer colors include Swan White in semi-gloss (trim) and Trattoria Teal in flat (walls).
3. Angled paintbrush, 3-inch
4. Terry cloth towels
5. Patience…perhaps your most important supply.
Now you’re ready to starting cutting-in like a pro. Let’s get started.
Step 1. Paint Systematically
First, you’ll want to over paint the walls and ceiling. If there is crown molding, only over paint a just a little. Then, cut the walls into the trim using a 3-inch angled paintbrush.
Being able to see what you’re doing as the brush moves is important as is easily reaching the paint can. A 4-foot step ladder works great for most rooms with 8-foot ceilings.
Step 2. Dip and Dab
Dip the brush into the paint can about 1 ½-inch, then screed (or dab) the bottom of the bristles on the edge of the paint can. This trick minimizes drips and runs!
Step 3. Load the Wall
Different wall conditions require different ways to manipulate the brush, but the idea is the same. Put the brush on the wall, about ½-inch away from the molding, then apply pressure and easy movement to the brush. Apply even pressure, draw the leading edge of the brush toward the molding and before you know it, you’re cutting-in.
Step 4: Paint Control
Watch the brush for drips. If you spot one, dab the brush on the wall, brush out the spot and re-load it.
Make sure to paint with a ‘wet’ brush. It may always seem wet, but after 8–12-inches it’s not applying new paint, it’s just moving around paint that’s already on the wall.
From time to time, strike the flat edges of the brush off on the rim of the can to keep paint from accumulating.
Step 5. Patience
Cutting-in may seem slow and a little mechanical, but it’s the fastest way to edge a room and bring the color to life. Don’t be intimidated if it’s your first time painting ceilings and walls, it takes a bit of practice and a knack for repetition.
This post is sponsored by Glidden® paint, a PPG brand. All thoughts, opinions and paintbrushes are my own.