Project DIY Paint - Painting Tips
- Make sure you're using the best brush for your needs:
- Smaller trim brushes are best for detail work.
- Broader brushes are handy for larger areas.
- Rollers are the right choice when you need to cover a lot of space.
- Frames and covers for rollers come in different sizes depending on your job and different
textures for different surfaces.
- A roller's "nap" refers to the length of the material that makes up the roller's painting surface.
- Smooth walls need a shorter nap.
- Textured walls need a longer nap.
- Just like a brush, the better quality roller cover you buy, the better the results you'll get.
- Paint always looks darker once you get it on the wall.
- After you pick your ideal colour, buy paint that's one step lighter
than your sample. That lighter colour will actually end up being the exact colour you want.
- If you're using multiple gallons: mix several cans of paint in a large bucket for a consistent colour throughout the room.
- If you'll be painting over the course of a few days: seal your rollers and paint brushes with tinfoil,
saran wrap, or plastic bags to keep them from drying out.
- If you're painting a small space: pick your paint colour based on the primary furniture upholstery.
It will make the space appear bigger.
- Don't forget the ceiling when picking your paint palette.
- You can paint the ceiling one shade lighter than the walls to get an interesting colour gradation effect.
- To make the room cozier, paint the ceiling a shade darker than the walls. Some designers choose a semi gloss paint for the ceiling to give it a glow.
- If you have several different surfaces in a room, such as moulding, doors or windows, paint them the same colour as the walls and they will blend in. If you want contrast, paint them white.
Video: How To Prep Paint Surfaces
Join host Mike Kraft and professional painter Maureen Davis as they guide you through the necessary steps for preparing a room for painting. Including a survey of materials and tools, Mike and Maureen will show you exactly how to do it like a pro.
Video: Basic Latex Painting Techniques
Host Mike Kraft and painting professional Maureen Davis show you the basics of working with latex paint. Whether working with tinted or flat paint, you'll learn the proper brushstrokes necessary to minimize "ropes" (excess lines of paint that build up alongside the roller's path). From loading paint onto the roller evenly to the basics of wet-to-try application, you'll have all the info you need to pull off a perfect paint job.