Interior Painting Techniques

by Patricia P
(Toronto, Ca)

There are some easy and quick interior painting techniques that will help you to complete a painting project in your home without spending extra time or money on materials and clean-up. By spending a little time getting comfortable with the painting process and making sure that you have prepared the area properly, you will be able to complete a project that will look very professional.


Preparation is key to implementing interior painting techniques and completing a painting project easily and quickly. It is important that you have blue painters tape and plastic to cover flooring, carpets, and furniture. Before you begin painting remove all small items from the room and push the larger furniture in the middle of the room. Cover the furniture with plastic if you are planning on painting your ceiling.

When you put plastic on your flooring be sure that you tape it down completely. If you will be painting around windows put blue tape on the glass where you will be painting. If you are painting a large area around a window, tape plastic onto the window pane so that you will not have to clean up spots of paint after you are done with your project.


Do not rely on one size paint-roller or paint-brush when evaluating interior painting techniques. Look at the room and note the corners, edges, and size of sills that you are going to be painting. Make sure that you purchase all of your supplies before starting your project. Have at least two of each size of roller, brushes, and foam corner brushes. Get a bucket to fill with water and hold paint soaked brushes, rollers, etc.

If you are going to use interior painting techniques that will involve special supplies, make sure that you test the technique in a part of the wall that will not be visible. Some interior painting techniques require practice to master, if you are going to practice before doing your project, be sure that you get have extra paint to paint over your practice wall.


Make sure that you get enough paint to complete your project. When you get your paint, it will have a tag that has the directions for mixing the color you have chosen. Before you start painting take a photo of this label or peel it off the can. If you need to get more paint, this tag will be very important in assuring that you get the same color again.

If you are doing a large project, get paint in 5-gallon containers that have spill-proof spouts. Getting paint in bulk will often save you time and money when you are working on a large paint project.

Have at least a gallon of paint left over to do touch-ups when needed. When you are going to store paint, it will stay fresh longer if you use a piece of saran wrap under the lid. Do not leave your paint cans open when you are painting. Paint dries out and becomes unusable very quickly when it is left out. Hopefully, these interior painting techniques will help bring your walls to life in a dramatic way.

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Enough paint
by: Margo

My boyfriend never gets enough paint to get a job done. Then he wants to improvise with what we have. That really gets on my nerves. I hate planning a project just to have it look random.

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