Paint Tricks, Tips, and Techniques

October 24, 2011

I love PAINT!  Whether it be regular paint, spray paint, or craft paint, paint can dramatically change and transform any room or piece of furniture.  With my many painting endevours, I have learned a few tricks and tips along the way, and now I want to share them with YOU!


Tip 1

There is never a time when you’re painting that you’ll be done with the brush or roller after your first coat.  Either you need to take a break OR you are waiting for the paint to dry.

Before I discovered this all-time favorite paint trick, I washed my brush/roller with water EVERY TIME to avoid it from hardening.  Then the next time I went to use the brush/roller, it was often still water logged and would make the paint runny - NOT GOOD!  So here’s the trick (It’s SOOO easy) ~

1. Take a grocery store plastic bag
2. Put your brush or roller in the inside corner of the bag
3. Grab it from the outside and Twist
4. Secure it with a rubberband, clip, or simply twist it around and lay something on it.

Basically, you DO NOT want air getting to the brush, or  it will harden.

NO JOKE – – I use this trick EVERY TIME.  I’ve had brushes stay in bags for weeks when I haven’t gotten around to doing my final touch -ups (I know, crazy?!).


Tip 2

Another one of my favorite painting tricks is to use this formula to create a smooth and even painted finish.

This “magic potion”, Flood Floetrol, is a paint additive that will create a smooth, even finish, free of brush or roller strokes. I used it for the first time during my Kitchen Makeover and the results were amazing.  And better yet, it’s less than $10 a bottle (depending on the size).  I use this every  time I paint.


Tip 3

One pet peeve of mine is buying something, only to discard it within a short amount of time.  If it can be avoided, I’m all for it!  Buying paint liners is a huge waste of money, but it’s easier than cleaning or throwing away a paint tray, right?  Well here is a solution instead of wasting your hard earned money on paint liners – Use foil.  It’s that easy!  Line your paint tray with foil and throw it away when you’re done.  This trick comes in especially handy when using multiple colors and changing paints often.


Tip 4

After you’ve poured your paint into your foil-lined paint tray, it’s typical for leftover paint (in a can) to get stuck in the rim. Then when you try to seal the lid, it splatters all over you and you’re left with an unsealed can, resulting in possible hardening.  Here’s an easy trick!  Wrap a paper towel around a screwdriver and clean around the rim of the can.  The paper towel will soak up the leftover paint and you will be splatter free!

After Post Edit: Sandra of Sawdusts and Paperscraps just added a great painting tip that goes right along with cleaning the rim.  She punches holes in the rim with a nail to allow the paint to drip back into the can.  With that tip and the one above, there definitely shouldn’t be any leftover paint in the rim to achieve a perfectly sealed can!


Tip 5

Applying paint can sometimes be tricky, especially if your a first-timer. Using the “W” or “M” technique, along with a good quality roller, will result in an even, smooth finish.

  1. Cover your roller with a good amount of paint and starting from the bottom, make a long stroke up.
  2. Then come down with your roller.
  3. Continue your “M” pattern along the wall and fill in the area in between rolling from left to right until the area is completely covered.

  • 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.


Tip 6

And last but not least, winter is right around the corner and within a few weeks the freezing temps will be setting in.  Avoid the mistake I made last year and be sure to bring all your paints indoors, otherwise they will freeze.  Paint should always be kept at room temperature!

I hope you enjoyed some of my favorite Tricks and Tips for painting!

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  1. Great painting tips Jenna. I’ve never cleaned out the rim before replacing my lid and even though I punch holes in the rim to the paint can drip back into the can, there’s always just a little bit left in there so that tip will be very helpful. Also love the idea of lining the liner with foil! Never done that either. Great post.
    Sawdust and Paper Scraps recently posted..Clingman’s Dome

    • Thanks Sandra and great tip about adding punch holes to the rim. I added it to the post! Can’t wait to see what tricks you’ll be sharing tomorrow :) Jenna

  2. Great Tips!!! I was going to suggest the nail in the lid trick too but she already beat me to it :) It works great.

    Now, do you have any clean up tips for using oil-based paints!? I need to find some asap as it takes me literally an hour to clean up after painting with them.

    Pamela @

  3. I love your paint tips. I never thought to put my paint brushes in a plastic bag to keep them moist until I need them again – genius. I also love the idea of using the tin foil in the paint pan. I hate cleaning out the pan and this will make it so much easier. Thanks for sharing.
    Nancy @ The Turner Five recently posted..Softball Weekend

  4. I am always interested in paint tips. I am going to start using the floetrol with all my painting though. You get such amazing results, esp with your kitchen cupboards which can be difficult to get smooth. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you Kathy! Yes, definitely use some of these tips and your painting experience will hopefully be much smoother! I am very happy with the results of my kitchen cabinets and nowhere can you see a brushstroke!

  5. I have saved paint brushes w/paint on them in many a plastic bag, most times in the refrigerator. I’m not sure why, but it works!

  6. Great tip about the foil in the paint tray!
    May I suggest a ‘paint can pouring lip’ is the best 99cents you’ll ever spend. It’s a small, plastic gizmo rather shaped like the bill of a man’s cap. It clips easily onto the inner rim of your paint can, both quart and gallon. It keeps ALL the paint out of the groove of the can, and it’s a snap to clean. Absolutely worth it’s cost in keeping paint from spattering.

    • Thanks Debbie! I’ve seen those plastic paint pourers in the stores and always wondered if they worked or not. Great to know – thank you!! Jenna

  7. Love your tips! I do the same thing with my paintbrush and a plastic bag, but I put it in the fridge. The paint doesn’t harden nearly as fast at that temperature, either. Thanks especially for the tip on cleaning out the rim of the paint can. Will definitely be trying that one :)
    Diana recently posted..31 Days to a Handmade Quilt: Begin Attaching the Binding

    • Thank you Diana! I guess it makes sense to put your brush in the frig… we do that with nailpolish, right? Thanks for leaving a comment and I’m glad you were inspired by my tips! xo Jenna

  8. {Junk in their Trunk} says:

    These are some great tips. I wish I had known a few a few months ago when I was painting my whole house. But I will be bringing my paint inside to avoid it freezing. I would love for you to link these tips up at our linky party going on right now.

    • Definitely bring in your paint since the temps are getting cold! And I’m sure these paint tips will come in handy sometime in the future!! Have a great weekend, Jenna


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