September 9th, 2016

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

We want your paint makeover to make you as happy and proud as you imagine. And there’s no better way than having it take less time, money and have a professional’s touch.

You can be this happy when you don't have to tape the entire room when painting walls and ceilings

First, you’ll need to gather a few supplies:

1. Trim and wall paint

2. Ladder

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 DabDip brush about 1 1/2-inches into paint.

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

With the trim slightly over painted onto the wall press the brush bristles to the wall and draw it along the trim in a smooth motion. And you're cutting in like a pro.

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.With the bristle ends screeded, you can more neatly move paint from the can to 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.

Dab, or screed, the bristle-ends lightly across the rim of the can.

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.

It's easier than you may think to get a perfect paint line.


This post is sponsored by Glidden® paint, a PPG brand. All thoughts, opinions and paintbrushes are my own.