(Closed) Tips for First-Time Painters?

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Post # 3
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Make sure you cover everything you don’t want to get paint on. Even if you don’t see it right away, the paint will splatter. Make sure to tape windows, baseboards, light switches, etc. And yes, remove the tape before the paint is completely dry or it could stick to whatever you stuck it to and be harder to remove. Remove it slowly, so you don’t mess up what you have painted or drag paint where you don’t want it.

Happy painting. It is a very good feeling once you are done ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We are just about to start painting the nursery in our new house. My dad, who’s been in construction forever and redone 2 houses, has given us some tips. I’m not sure what you already have purchased, but he said to use eggshell finish paints and to avoid flat paints, because they can turn chalky over time and rub off. He also said you can get a pole sander and use 220 sandpaper to lightly go over the walls before you paint and in between coats (if you have to do more than 1) because it’ll help give the paint a great finish.

That’s all I have for now. My dad is going to go with us to get supplies this weekend, so we’ll be good to start next week.

Post # 5
3281 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

My Fiance and I bought a house this summer and painted ALL the rooms. i was really excited to paint and make it our home, but painting is awful! lol

Like @noritake22: said, make sure you cover everything beacuse we splattered some paint on the floor and didnt think it was a big deal because we refinished the floors too, but the splatter is still kinda visable. Ugh so annoying!

Good luck!

Post # 6
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Valhalla….my husband is a painted ๐Ÿ™‚ and we live in Richmond *hint hint*

*laugh* do what mrstilly said..its spot on. and cover  up everything ๐Ÿ™‚

Have fun!


You should take some before and after pics…i love em’!

Post # 7
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Get the tape that is meant for painting and spring for the more expensive kind (the wider the better).  If you go w/ cheap masking tape it’s going to be really difficult to peel off afterwards.  Take your time and do a really good job taping before you paint.  Cover EVERYTHING with plastic.  I lay the plastic on the floor to cover the entire carpet and tape the plastic all around the edge of the room so that I don’t have to worry about splatter or spilled paint cans.  Also, wear a bandana that covers you’re hair or else you’re going to be inevitably washing tiny specks of paint out of your hair which isn’t always pleasant.  If you end up with paint on your skin wash it off as soon as you’re done painting.  If you leave it on your skin for a few hours it will be harder to scrub off.  I’m also a fan of throwing away brushes and roller pads rather than trying to rinse them out after each use.  Washing paint brushes is a pain in the a** and isn’t worth the time and money you’d save.  Just buy new ones.

Post # 8
1014 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

it’s all in the prep work!!  take time to apply painters tape, and thoroughly cover up furniture and carpet/flooring.  we like to do the prep work the afternoon or evening of the day BEFORE we paint.  that way you can wake up, and get to the good stuff, the actual painting part. ๐Ÿ™‚  buy quality brushes, rinse them thoroughly after using, and wrap in a plastic bag and store in the refrigerator for up to a week if you need to take a break and come back to it.  don’t forget to patch holes, clean any dirty spots, and remove switchplate covers, too.  good luck!

Post # 9
37 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

Don’t get in a hurry. Even if it’s not a huge room your arms will get tired but don’t rush. I second the comments about buying the more expensive painters tape it really does make a difference. Also, make sure you stir the paint really good. And don’t make crazy motions with the brush, nice even up and down strokes with the paint slightly overlapping evens out the process.

Post # 10
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Pull the tape off at a 45 degree angle from the way it hangs.  The is will prevent it from pulling up previous paint layers where it is attached.  Pick up a razor to scrap windows that may get splattered.  Wrap your hair in a bandana.  It is a pain to get paint out of hair.  Paint the perimeter of your walls last.  This way the paint won’t get too dry when you pull up the painter’s tape.

Post # 11
439 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

If you do one coat and want to wait a bit before doing the second you can wrap your rollers/brushes in a plastic bag and stick it in the freezer. Just remove it 20-30 minutes before you’re ready to paint and you’re good to go! This way the paint doesn’t dry and you can still use your tools.

We tend to chuck rollers, because they get gross after a wash or two, but we buy good brushes to star and they aren’t hard to wash at all if you’re using latex paint.

Hubs and I also have a system we love, and it helps things go quickly. I tape then edge and do any small spots, he follows behind with the roller.

Good luck and have fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Make sure you paint the whole area you want to cover on each coat all at once.  If you paint one half of a wall and then paint the other half the next day you will be able to see an overlap.

Post # 13
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

If you cannot paint the entire room with one can of paint, be sure to paint one wall at a time and MARK THE CAN OF PAINT for which wall it painted.  You can’t touch up with a different can because even the same color will be mixed differently and you’ll see a big blotchy touch up.

Cover the entire floor with plastic taped to the baseboards.

Wear booties over your shoes.  Wear a paint suit.  Then if you get paint all over you, you can take it off and throw it away without tracking it all over the house.

I was gonna say the tape thing too.  Take it off RIGHT AWAY.

Don’t worry about making it perfect at the wall/ceiling junction.  Get as close as you can, then perfect the seam with a bead of white caulking smoothed out across the seam.

Wash your rollers/brushes right away.  Don’t let paint dry in your sink/tub, it WILL stay there.

Do one room at a time, one day at a time.  Don’t split up and do different rooms, because you’ll end up with two half-painted rooms, and you’ll be too tired to finish.  (Plus where will you put everything in an apartment?)

Let the paint set and dry at least 24 hours before pushing anything up against it!

If you’re using rollers, be careful by the ceiling.  They spray little drops all over, and you’ll end up having to paint the cieling too.

Remove outlet covers and light switchplates.  Don’t just tape over them.

We’ll be painting our new place too!  The last place I painted took FOREVER.  (Post pics when you’re done!)

Post # 14
2083 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Yeah! Definitely take the tape off when it is still wet! I made that mistake when I moved into our first apartment. Totally sucked… It pulled chips of paint off everywhere and it was still like that 2 years later when we moved out because we were just too sick of painting the whole place at that point to fix it lol.

Post # 16
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree with the other bees about using Painter’s tape, not masking tape.  We used masking tape because my husband said that it was good enough and it left residue on everything!  You don’t have to take the tape off when the paint is wet, we didn’t have problems with it peeling off.

Do wide V-shaped strokes on the main part of the wall with the roller, leaving a few inches at the top and bottom so you don’t paint the ceiling or baseboard.

For the ceiling, use a scraper held up against the ceiling to paint the small amount left at the top with a small brush.  Tape off the baseboards and paint them with a small brush too.

MightySapphire has all the other tips that I would suggest!

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