Want to know the DIY that I have been tackling the most in our home inside and out but often have a love/hate relationship with?
If you guessed painting you would be right.
While I love the end results, the start-up, the cleanup, and the in-between really are not my ideal idea of fun DIY!
Since I paint trim, and exterior and interior, steps, walls, furniture, I have my own stash of tricks.
Yes, the stores sell plenty of ‘helpers’ for painting but why buy what you already have?
Better yet, when it comes to these PAINT Tasks, I’ve found a way to have what you need for so much less!
Buy the better paint, and spend less on all the gadgets.
We all have things we like, ‘our tools of the trade’ and this is my list!
See what you think of these 5 Things I Use Every Time I Paint Interior Walls and Rooms!
Paint Interior Walls and Rooms
So before I start any project, I make sure I have what I need in the house.
Today, I will share just that with you.
Please note that the things you need may already be in your home.
Also, the Dollar stores are great sources of things you will need, but NEVER buy their blue tape, trust me on this!
It may or may not be your thing, but painting a room is easier than you think.
Trust me, I had to learn the ins and outs and my husband taught me.
I’m not the most patient person when it comes to painting, but I get the job done and it turns out better than I projected (LOL) , when I have the tools of the trade.
If you see those words, ‘paint interior walls and rooms’ and cringe, you are not alone!
Join the group.
While I love the final product, I hate the prep, the in-between, and cleanup!
However, I am going to quickly help you with a few items, that might help you get an edge on this!
While I am not an expert painter, I am a DIY kind of gal.
Up and coming you’ll see me changing my banisters, flooring, and creating a barn door!
That’s the shortlist if I am being honest.
I’ll not tell you to paint the trim first or last, or when to cut your walls in.
Really, everyone has their own method and there are pros out there for that!
Me, I just want to help you with some basic stuff, so painting won’t be as tedious!
Check out my recent install of Energy-Efficient, Room Darkening curtains, a simple game-changing DIY.
Paint Interior Walls and Rooms: Cover-Up That Floor (1)
While drop cloths have repelled drips, the aforementioned do not.
Which means, that you might need other items to help you.
But, don’t toss those items, you can still use them, and I’ll explain how.
So, these are great for covering furniture, and the floor!
Yes, they are!
Additionally, if you are wearing what I will refer to as ‘house shoes’ for painting, they are great runners in the hallways for your feet!
If you’ve got old VINYL tablecloths, well those repel, so you are already stocked with a potential drop cloth!
Let’s Talk Plastic For A Moment (2)
I heart plastic.
Remember I said, that you might have old tablecloths that rock coverage?
Well, use them as layer one.
Then cover them with plastic shower curtains or plastic you buy at large home improvement retailers.
Easy, covered flooring!
I do 2 layers just in case I have a spill, as I said, things happen!
OMG, I Don’t Want Anyone Seeing In (3)
While this solution won’t let you creep around without shadows, at least it will offer a bit of privacy from the outside.
Head over to a Dollar store of some sort, buy a few of their striped dark-colored plastic curtains.
Hang them on the windows until the next day!
NO newspaper print.
Paint Interior Walls and Rooms ~ Caffeine Please (4)
No, not coffee for me, but the coffee canisters are my BFF when painting.
Trim or small areas don’t require rollers.
So, instead of dipping into the can of paint and chancing a HUGE spill, I use a simple, rinsed and clean coffee canister.
By the way, the dollar tree has great $1 round containers with indents for your hands!
So, recycle that plastic or metal can.
Yep, it’s that easy.
Zipped Up And Ready To Go (5)
I don’t think I’ve tackled any paint job that was one day.
Sorry to say that, but walls often need 2 coats (and we’ve used the best paint to the crappiest, with primed walls).
Also, the trim always needs to be done!
Well. this all means that you don’t want to clean that brush more than you have to do you?
My simple solution is gallon zippered baggies.
I zip the brush or roller up and well, I use it again the next day.
Then, we are really done, we wash everything.
Why do more work than you have to?
Your Turn To Paint Interior Walls and Rooms! Are you Ready?
One last note, I will make.
If you are filling holes, sanding, etc. you will need to vacuum up that mess.
Don’t forget to shake out the drop cloth.
Every time you step on that ‘powder’ you will make it spread and it can attract to your paintbrush and ruin what you are doing.
So, vacuum the baseboard, wipe the walls and shake the drop cloth before you paint.
Keep your project running smoothly.
Dana XO ~