Paint Tips & Techniques: Tools and a ‘How-To’ on Applying Paint

Hasn’t it been a great week learning about so many paint tips and techniques?! I am a huge believer that paint is the #1 element needed to update a room.  Now that we’ve explored how much paint is needed for a room and what paint is best to use, it’s time to actually start painting!

But how do you use a brush and roller? How should paint be applied to the wall?

Are these questions that have popped into your head when your mind thinks about painting?  Using these simple tips, you’ll be on your way to painting a beautiful space!


1. Dip your brush into the paint can so half of the bristles are covered. Tap the brush gently on the side (but don’t wipe it on the edge)

2. Hold the brush handle near the base and lightly apply pressure with your fingertips to make the bristles flexible.


Choosing a quality brush will give you the best results! Quality synthetic brushes are my brush of choice, but there are some other brushes that may be more suited for your project.

> Wall brushes for doors, walls and large surfaces.

> Sash brushes for moldings and baseboards.

> Trim cutter for the tops of baseboards or base caps and around narrow edges.

> Edge cutter for wood window frames, doors and corners.


1. Slowly roll the roller back and forth into the paint area of your tray until it’s completely covered.

2. Then roll the roller back onto the upper part of the tray with the ridges to remove excess paint.


Rollers are available in different nap lengths.  More nap = More fibers on the roller = More paint on the roller

> Use a 1/4-in. to 3/8-in. short nap for smooth surfaces and gloss painting

> Use a 3/8-in. to 1/2-in. medium nap for ceilings, walls, low-sheen and flat paints

> Use a 1/2-in. to 3/4-in. nap for rough and exterior surfaces

Most rollers fit onto a standard roller arm frame with a handle to hold.
The most common types of rollers are:

> Microfiber: Use for any type of paint.

> Semi-Smooth: Use for flat or low-sheen paints and stains.

> Smooth: Use for oil-based paints.

> Textured: Use for granular finishes and decorative effects.

> Short Nap: Use for polyurethanes.

> Polyester: Use for flat and low-sheen acrylic paint.

> Lambswool: Use for flat and low-sheen paint.


1. Using painter’s tape, tape off the doors, windows, ceiling, and any woodwork that you DON’T want painted.

2. With your brush, paint a 2″ wide strip along the edge of the areas you just taped off.  Use long, even strokes.

3. Then using your roller, create the letter “M” or “W” on the wall.

4. Then fill in the area in between rolling from left to right until the area is completely covered. Roll the paint on with even strokes.


> Start with your ceiling first ~ Using a brush, paint a 2″ wide strip where the ceiling meets the wall.  Then using your roller, start in the corner and in small sections begin rolling your “M” strokes.

> Use a quality brush and roller ~ DON’T bother buying the “all-inclusive” paint packages. Use a roller that is best suited for your project (see above for options)!  A cheap inexpensive roller won’t hold as much paint and it’ll take you double the time to complete the job.

**When you buy a quality roller, it can be used over and over again…there’s no need to throw it away**

> Invest in a roller bucket and screen ~ The bucket holds more paint and it’s easier to move than a tray.  Plus you’re less likely to trip over it like a tray.  Haven’t we all stepped in a tray of paint??  I know I have….

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