Painters Tape – try not to use this as the paint will bleed under the tape and may cause peeling of paint once dry.
Patching drywall – if you are patching using any form of filler, be sure to sand well and then prime the area before applying the paint. Otherwise you will see the area that was patched.
Cutting around the room – Roll the paint on as you cut along the ceiling and floor boards. This helps eliminate the two-step look in the paint that can happen if the paint dries before you roll the paint on.
Rollers – When applying paint to the roller ensure not to add too much paint as this will create splatter, dripping and smearing as you roll and will also increase the likelihood of lines of paint left on the walls as it will take more effort to the smooth excess paint out.
Rolling paint – roll paint onto the wall in a ‘w’ as this will ensure proper coverage of paint and will also avoid leaving lines that will be visible once dried.
2 Day Project – if you still have paint in the tray and don’t want to waste paint or the liner, simply cover the tray with plastic wrap ensuring that the paint is not exposed to any extra air. Brushes and rollers can be wrapped in plastic wrap as well and put into the freezer. This will prevent them from drying out and you will be able to continue where you left off the day before.
Note: take the roller and brushes out about half hour before ready to use to allow them to return to room temperature.
Flooring – Always cover the flooring even seasoned painters have accidents.
Cleaning up – if you are using acrylic paint, clean up is relatively easy as a little soap and water does wonders, even for brushes and rollers.
Brushes – extend the life of your paint brushes by soaking them in a little bit of fabric softener after cleaning them. This keeps the bristles from going rock hard once dry making it easier to start the next project without having to buy more brushes.
Have fun – relax and enjoy the process of creating a new space for yourself.