Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my post about the behind the scenes photo shoot with Better Homes & Gardens. That whole day would’ve been approximately 87 percent less fun if I’d gone through it without you all!
Let’s talk painting! It’s probably the most approachable, instant-impact DIY project to attempt, but who wouldn’t love a few shortcuts and tricks to make it quicker and easier?
You might’ve caught my sneaky painting trick in the video of Andy and me that I posted recently: when I’m ready to paint a room, instead of painting it, I just get pregnant. Andy steps in so I don’t have to inhale the fumes and then BAM! A perfectly painted room. Works every time.
But if you’re a guy, or if you’re not interested in spending nine months growing a human inside your body, then hours of labor followed by pushing said person out of your ladyparts, then 18 years supporting and parenting that human, then the rest of your life bound to that person, all to avoid a two-hour task… (coward) great news! I polled some of the top home bloggers for their BEST painting tricks and shortcuts, they’ve shared them all with us below.
(I’m loving these “Pros Weigh In” posts where we get to round up the BEST of the best tips on different topics. I hope you guys dig ’em like I do.)
Let’s check in first with the never-ceases-to-be-amazing Kate from Centsational Girl.
“Cleaning oil based stain, paint, or primer off a good brush is a major pain, so to skip that step in between coats, place your paintbrush in a plastic bag and store it in the refrigerator.
The cold keeps the bristles (filled with paint/primer/stain) soft for a few days and you can return to your project at your leisure. Also, you’ll only have to clean your brush once with mineral spirits at the end.” -Kate at Centsational Girl
“Tip 1: Invest in GOOD paint and a couple of GOOD brushes. I have tried to cut costs on more than one occasion only to invest in something pricier to get the look I want. Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, and Purdy–know those names.
Tip 2: That being said, cut costs in other areas. For intricate trim work that can mangle a good brush, just use brushes from the dollar store and dispose of them. When using a paint tray, line it with tin foil in order to use it another time.
Tip 3: Impatience can get the best of us, and we want coverage right away. It’s important to apply thin layers of paint. It might take a little longer to get the project done, but the end result will always be better. No puddles of paint in crevices, and less brush marks in the end.” -Chris at Just a Girl
“When painting around a toilet cover it with a trashbag then you don’t have to tape or worry about getting paint on the back of it.” -Melissa at Happier Homemaker
“I learned the hard way once that painting dusty walls is BAD, so now before I paint a wall, I take a swiffer floor sweeper and dust the walls.” -Jacque at DIY Village
“I have one really good brush for painting trim. Any other brushes are cheap so they can be tossed when I’m finished. The same goes for rollers!” -Ann at On Sutton Place
“I don’t bother taping any more because I am ultra lazy. Actually, I think I am really impatient and would rather prep less and jump right in. Instead of painters tape, I keep a wet rag on hand at all times and wipe the wet paint that bleeds as needed.
I’ve gotten pretty good at cutting in with an angled brush (as it should be because every room in my house has been painted at least three times!). I just fold a section of the rag and wipe with the crease along my trim edge and the wet paint wipes right off. No more two hour taping sessions and touch up for bleed through; I just wipe as I go!” -Jenny at Birds & Soap
“Soak your paintbrushes in a container of water for a few hours or a few days, whichever works for you. When you get tired of looking at them there, take them out of the water, rub a little soap of some kind into the bristles and get out a green scrubby. Rub the green scrubby downward on the bristles to break the paint crust all around and the rest of the paint will just rinse right out!” -Courtenay at Creekline House (See Courtenay’s step by step process here.)
Me again! I have a pinterest board for “Tips for the DIYer” where I save great ideas like this. You can also check out our trick for cleaning paint rollers and my favorite trick for recycling paint trays (Hint: use a grocery bag! Total lifesaver).
Your turn now! What’s your BEST painting shortcut?
P.S.: Don’t forget to check out the past “Pros Weigh in” posts, where I collect the BEST of the best tips from home bloggers!
P.P.S.: STOP! Make sure you read this post before you pick up a paintbrush!