And aside from being a total room game-changer, it’s also relatively inexpensive.
However, there is one downside to painting: it can be time consuming. Or at least, that’s how it used to feel to me. But with some practice and a little know-how you can speed up your paint jobs.
Here are five pro tips for painting faster.
Don’t Skip the Prep Work
I think everyone agrees – prepping is a paint in the butt.
But what happens when paint splatters on your floor, gets all over your trim work or your roller bumps your ceiling? You instantly stop everything you’re doing and clean up. Which takes time. Especially, if you’re not a neat painter and have constant hiccups.
This is why prepping is so important!
I’m no stranger to painting and have gotten fairly good at cutting in around trim and the ceiling. Yet, I still ALWAYS tape off the trim at the bottom of the floor and any tight spaces around the trim.
If you don’t have a steady hand, I recommend taping off everything you don’t want paint on, covering furniture and covering your floors.
Your prep job will save you time in the long run and ensure that your paint job looks good.
Use a Paint + Primer Combo
Want to use less coats of paint? opt for a paint that has a built-in primer. I personally use and love the Valspar brand of paint, but any brand with a built-in primer will do.
This is especially helpful when trying to cover bright or dark colors.
Use a Short, Angled Brush
If you have a hard time cutting in on trim and ceilings it may be your brush’s fault. Spend a few extra dollars to get a short, angled brush. Even better if it has a rubber handle.
My favorite are the ones by Valspar or Wooster. They’ll run you $5-$8 per brush but are a MUST-HAVE if you paint often.
This is one pro tip for painting faster that you don’t want to skimp on.
Paint One Wall at a Time
If you’re painting by yourself, doing all the edge work and then going back in with the roller can feel so long and boring…. (Or is that just me?)
To break up the monotony and make your paint job feel like it’s going faster, do all your edging with your brush on one wall and then roll. After you’re done, move to the next wall.
Use a Paint Cup
If you’ll be using your brush for a lot of edge or trim work, buy yourself a Handy Paint Pail. Using a paint pail will allow you to bring your paint with you while instead of running back and forth to the paint can every five seconds.
These pails have a magnet in them so you can easily rest your paint brush and disposable liners are available for easy cleanup. Every time I don’t use a Handy Paint Pail, I regret it.
The More You Paint, The Better You’ll Get
If you’re feeling a little frustrated by your current painting skills or lack thereof, take it from me, the more practice you get the easier and more enjoyable painting becomes. After a few rooms you’ll be painting like a pro.