16 Painting Tips and Tricks

16 Painting Tips and Tricks

If you’re looking to freshen up your home, sometimes all it takes is a simple coat of paint to make the place look better. Many people prefer to hire professional painters for the job, but you have to keep in mind that this will cost more money. There is also another option – to do everything by yourself.

Here are some simple painting tips and tricks that will help make the job faster, cleaner, and more efficient.




1. Swiffer your walls before painting to remove dirt and grime.

Swiffer your walls before painting to remove dirt and grimePhoto: Pinterest

2. Wipe excess paint off your brush on rubber band instead of getting paint on the trim.

Put a thick rubber band around the paint can to wipe excess paint on instead of the rimPhoto: Icon Flexpack

3. Cut out the side of a milk jug to create a perfect paint caddy. The bottom part will hold your paint and the opening will hold your paintbrush.

milk jug paint holderPhoto: Rachel Schultz

4. Avoid painting screws/keyholes by covering them with Vaseline.

Little painting trick using vaselinePhoto: Sweet Pickins Furniture




5. Use an empty pringles can to store your wet paint roller in-between uses. For less of a mess, wrap in a plastic grocery bag before placing pain roller inside the pringles can.

Store paint rollers in a Pringles canPhoto: Refunk My Junk

6. Use yogurt cups to catch paint drips.

Use yogurt cups to catch paint dripsPhoto: This Old House

7. If you have run out of tape, just cut some long strips of newspaper and wet them. They will stick to windows and anything else you don’t want paint on. Simply peel off after you are done painting.

If you have run out of tape, just cut some long strips of newspaper and wet them. They will stick to windows and anything else you don’t want paint on. Simply peel off after you are done painting.

8. Line a paint tray with a plastic bag or aluminum foil to keep it clean for the next time you need to use it.

Line a paint tray with a plastic bag or aluminum foilPhoto: 2 Little Superheroes

9. Use precision q-tips to easily clean up paint smudges along the edges when painting.

Use precision q-tips to easily clean up paint smudges along the edges when paintingPhoto: In My Own Style

10. Need to get rid of bad paint fumes? Cut an onion (raw) in half and leave the halves on a plate on the floor for a few hours. The onions should greatly reduce the indoor paint smell.

How To Neutralize Paint Fumes

11. Use a lint roller to remove fuzz from your brushes and rollers before you start.

Use a lint roller to remove fuzz from your brushes and rollers before you startPhoto: BuzzFeed

12. If your masking tape is old and won’t roll without peeling, place it in the microwave for 10-20 seconds. The heat will soften the adhesive.

Reviving Your Old Masking TapePhoto: Build.com

13. Use a paint pad attached to a yardstick to paint hard-to-reach spaces.

Paint in Tight SpacesPhoto: My Home My Style

14. Use a hair dryer on painter’s tape for easy removal.

Use a hair dryer on painter's tape for easy removalPhoto: The Family Handyman

15. To clean your gunky brushes, soak them in hot vinegar for 30 minutes and rinse with hot, soapy water.

How to clean your paint brushes with VingearPhoto: White Lace Cottage

16. If you need to get paint off your skin, leather or rubber shoes, olive oil is your best friend.

If you need to get paint off your skin, leather or rubber shoes, olive oil is your best friend





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