Hacks That'll Make Painting A Room Less Rage-Inducing

Diply 19 Sep 2018

As someone who's done her fair share of painting over the years, I know how much of a pain the entire process can be. After I finished painting the last unfinished room in our home, I said I never wanted to see another brush or can of paint ever again. But we all know that I won't be able to go the rest of my life without repainting, which is why the collection of hacks below is so important!

When the time comes for me to pick up a paint brush again, I'll be equipped with tips and tricks that'll make the experience way more enjoyable.

1. There are two benefits that come from wrapping an elastic band around a can of paint.

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Not only does it create the perfect spot for wiping away excess paint from your brush, it also prevents said excess from building up inside the crevice of the can's rim.

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2. I'm definitely guilty of using a regular hammer to reseal cans of paint.

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And because this is something I've done many times before, I know how much damage it can cause. So, to prevent that in the future, I'll be using a rubber mallet instead.

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3. If you don't have any drop cloths to use during your next round of painting, don't make another trip to the store just to buy some.

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Broken down cardboard boxes work perfectly fine as substitutes.

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4. One of the biggest pains you encounter while painting a room is taping off all of the trim.

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If this is something you no longer have the time or patience for, try using a large spackle knife as a guard while you paint.

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5. Allowing excess paint to build up inside a paint can's rim will only make sealing it more difficult.

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To avoid this, add a few holes to the rim using a small nail and a hammer.

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6. Accidentally get a bit of paint on the floor while you were working?

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Don't worry! That's something a makeup remover wipe can fix in no time, so be sure to have a pack on hand.

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7. Walking into a room and admiring its freshly painted walls is great, but being smacked in the face by their strong, chemically smell isn't.

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To reduce the odor a can of paint gives off without ruining the color, simply mix in a few drops of vanilla extract.

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8. There's nothing worse than cleaning a roller knowing you're just going to have to get it dirty again when you go to put on another coat of paint.

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So, rather than wasting time cleaning it off, store the wet roller in a Pringles can and place it in the refrigerator overnight.

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9. You can make pouring paint way easier and less messy by creating a "V" on the rim using painter's tape.

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The tape will protect the rim of the can, which means no buildup for you to worry about!

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10. Another way to save yourself time from cleaning a wet paint brush is to use the latex glove you're wearing as a cover.

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When you're finishing painting for the day, all you have to do is slip the glove over the bristles and secure it in place with a twist tie or elastic band.

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11. Use small nails to elevate lightweight furniture you're painting or touching up.

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A few small taps are all it takes to secure the nails in place. And because no one's ever going to look at the bottom of the piece, you won't have to freak out over putting a few holes in it.

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12. Anyone who's ever painted anything has taken the lazy way out at least once by deciding to not clean the brushes or rollers they were using.

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If this is a mistake you've made and you want to remedy the situation, give this simple hack a try.

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13. Glad Press'n Seal is a painter's best friend.

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This stuff can be used in a variety of ways while painting, including as a protective seal for items that can't be removed from a room.

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14. Press'n Seal can also be used to line a clean paint tray.

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Using it this way will make cleanup way easier because all you'll have to do is remove the wrap and toss it away.

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15. And if you don't happen to have any Press'n Seal on hand, aluminum foil will do the trick, too.

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Again, adding a layer of foil to your paint tray will ensure you're not spending a bunch of time cleaning after exhausting all of your energy while painting.

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16. Another great use for aluminum foil is as a substitute for painter's tape.

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You can wrap this stuff around annoying hardware, like door knobs, which will keep them paint-free as you work.

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17. To be totally sure your can of open paint won't dry up, place a piece of plastic wrap on it before replacing the lid.

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The wrap will act as a gasket, which will create a tighter seal.

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18. Instead of removing all of the hardware from the piece you're about to paint, cover it with a bit of vaseline.

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Once everything has dried, all you have to do is rub the protected areas with some paper towel to remove the unwanted paint.

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19. I know it's an extra task that no one wants to bother with, but trust me when I say dusting your walls before you paint is a must.

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And to make this part of the process easier to manage, use a Swiffer!

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20. Create the perfect paint and brush holder in a pinch using an empty milk jug.

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Not only will you have spots that hold the paint and a brush, you'll also have a handle that makes carrying everything a breeze.

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21. If you don't have a Pringles can on hand and you don't wear latex gloves while painting, you can always use a plastic bag to store a wet brush or roller.

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This is my go-to hack when painting, so you can trust me when I say it's tried, tested, and true.

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22. Pool noodles and painting may not normally go together in your mind, but obviously they work really well together!

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I think something like this could come in handy, especially if you have multiple people working on a room at the same time.

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23. Depending on the project you're working on, you may have to seal trim around windows and doors with a bit of caulking.

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In order to ensure the smoothest finish possible, immediately run an ice cube over the freshly squeezed caulking.

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24. Finally, if you've always wondered how professional painters are able to acheive straight lights without using tape, here it is.

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According to Hometalker Peace Painting Co., Inc., you should start by painting the trim and passing over onto the wall by about an inch. "Loading up your 3" brush full with paint helps you to 'find your line.' With subtle pressure, run the tips of the bristles to the corner. You will find the right resistance to your bristles in the corner to make the line straight."

You can then go back and clean up any mistakes with a 5-in-1 tool wrapped in a wet rag.

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