{diy with style} The Best Tips and Tricks for Painting Any Space

Last year when I finished painting the argyle wall in my son's room, I posted the full tutorial, and then buried down at the bottom, I shared my best tips and tricks for any painting project. Recently, I've received a handful of painting related question from readers, so I decided that my painting tips probably deserved a post all their own.

So here you have it, all the painting wisdom I have picked up {largely through trial and error} over the course of many DIY projects! These tips and tricks will help you paint any space.

Best Tips & Tricks for Painting Any Space

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Picking Paint Colors
This topic clearly deserves a post all it's own {and I have one in the works}, but I will quickly summarize two key things to keep in mind:

Painting Supplies

No matter the project you are tackling, you'll need these basic supplies:

Achieving Perfectly Crisp Paint Lines
To achieve perfectly crisp paint lines with little or no paint bleeding under the tape - the secret is to seal along all of your tape lines using faux glaze before painting {we use the Behr brand in the past, but it seems to be hard to find these days}. The glaze creates a seal the prevents paint from bleeding under the tape, and if any glaze bleeds under the tape it dries clear and is totally unnoticeable. Apply a liberal amount of faux glaze with a brush, brushing first toward the tape, and then smoothing out the glaze by brushing in the direction of the tape.

The photo below illustrates how I sealed around the diamonds for the argyle wall I painted, but sealing your paint lines is just as important along ceilings and baseboards and in corners where two paint colors meet.

I've heard others recommend that instead of faux glaze you, can simply seal the tape lines with the color of paint under the tape {for example, when taping to paint a wall along the ceiling line, you could seal with the ceiling color}. This does work, assuming you have extra of that paint color on hand, but I don't recommend it for a couple of reasons:

Keep Baby Wipes on Hand to Clean Up Mistakes
Always keep some baby wet wipes on hand when you are painting.  If you get latex paint anywhere that you don't intend, it will easily wipe away as long as you don't allow it to dry! Well, almost anywhere. Baby wipes are perfect for removing wet paint from ceilings, walls, moldings and baseboards, doors, and wood floors, but won't take paint out of carpets and fabrics. This baby wipe tip also works with acrylic paints when you are working on craft projects.

Use Ziploc Bags to Keep Paint Trays and Rollers from
Drying Out Between Uses

If you take a break from painting before the project is complete, seal your paint tray and roller inside of a Ziploc bag to keep it from drying out. This prevents paint waste and avoids the need to start with a new roller simply because you stop for dinner or head to bed. For my argyle project, I was using mini trays and rollers than fit easily in gallon Ziploc bags, but if you are using a regular sized paint tray, you'll need a Jumbo (2.5 gallon) Ziploc bag {which can be hard to find in stores}.

Working With Sharpie Paint Markers
Using Sharpie paint markers to create unique patterns on your walls has become a big trend in recent years! In fact, I used a white paint marker for the lines on my argyle wall. Sharpie paint makers are a simple and easy way to add pattern and can be a great alternative to wallpaper, but there are a few things you need to know to avoid a mess and to ensure you'll be able to paint over it when the time comes! 

Measuring and Painting Stripes
Click here for my best stripe painting tips, including how to paint ombre stripes!

Painting Argyle or Harlequin Diamonds
Before painting the argyle wall in my son's room, I read a lot of tutorials, and then I found an easier way! Here is my argyle wall tutorial that requires almost no math!

Organizing Paint and Paint Supplies
I wrote an entire post about how we organized our paint and paint supplies, including lots of tips and tricks, and even a free printable label for your paint containers.

Tips for Proper Paint Storage, Disposal and Recycle

I also have a detailed post about the proper way to store, dispose of, and recycle various kids of paint.

Feel free to leave me a message if you have any questions and I'll do my best to answer them, or point you in the right direction! And send me pictures of your projects - I'd love to see what you're painting!

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