Painting the walls of a room or cabinet doors is one of the least expensive ways to give your home an updated look. Painting is also easy enough to be a DIY home improvement project that most anyone can successfully accomplish and these painting shortcuts will make the task even easier for novice and pro alike.
Two Day Job
When my painting project can’t be completed in one day, I don’t go through the cleaning process and wash brushes and rollers. I save time and a little bit of paint by wrapping brushes and rollers in plastic grocery bags and placing them in the freezer overnight. This prevents the paint from drying so I can pick up my DIY project right where I left off the following day.
If you don’t want to invest time and money in taping off window sills, door frames and/or baseboards, a flexible, plastic cutting board for the custom paintings works will help you get a sharp paint line right where you want it while keeping paint off the areas where you don’t want it. Hold the cutting board against the baseboard, etc. with one hand and apply an outline of paint on the wall with a brush in the other hand, then paint between the lines with a roller.
Keep a wet rag handy to quick-fix mistakes like a drip or a run in the wrong place. Keep an old butter knife handy too so the wet rag can be placed over the dull knife tip and used to clean up any smudges and leave behind a crisp, straight line.
To ensure the paint is evenly and thoroughly mixed, invest in an attachment for your power drill that will make quick work of paint mixing.
Use a small bit on your drill or a hammer and nail to make several small holes in the grooved rim at the top of the paint can before pouring the product into the roller pan. The holes in the rim will allow the paint to go back into the can after being poured out instead of running down the side of the can. Taking a few moments to make the no-drip holes will save paint and keep the outside of the can clean.