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How to choose paints for covering up darker or contrasted coloring

by kloudadmin

The colors we choose to paint our houses on the inside, as well as on the outside, are a direct reflection of our personal tastes. Some people like the warmth of reds, yellows, and oranges.

Others prefer light and cheery colors such as white and yellow. Lighter colors can help to make a small room look bigger too, and make a low ceiling appear to be higher. Still, other people choose darker colors like brown or blue. These darker colors can help to create a warm, cozy, effect in large interior rooms. On the flip side, they can also make a small room look even smaller. And, dark colors shows every crack, repair, dent, and every other imperfection that is on the walls.

If you have a dark room in your house that you want to lighten up, you can easily do this yourself. Here’s a tip for you: you don’t need to hire an expensive contractor to do the job for you. It doesn’t matter if the existing color of the room is brown, dark gray, royal blue, or even black. Any color of the rainbow, no matter how dark it is, can successfully be covered over with any other color. If it is done correctly, there will no bleeding of the darker paint into your lighter walls.

You need to choose a suitable paint that will cover the dark colors completely. Don’t even consider purchasing cheap, thin paints because they won’t do the job. Instead, these types of paint can streak and run when they are applied to your walls. Instead, in order to get the results you are after, and cover existing dark colors, choose a good – quality paint. It can be either flat or glossy, latex or acrylic latex, the type of paint doesn’t matter. This is because the primer sealer will do the basic job of covering up the dark colors.

The next step in this project is to properly prepare the walls. Wipe them down with a clean, damp cloth; rinse cloth in clean tap water often. Make sure the walls are free from dirt, grease, and other debris that can prohibit the paint from adhering to the walls properly. Use soapy water and rinse thoroughly, if need be.

Then, after the walls have dried, use a good – quality brush or roller and a primer sealer. Not just a primer, but a primer sealer. The primer part of the product will help to cover the dark colors. The sealer part of the product will help to seal the surface so the darker colors can’t bleed through the new paint. Be sure that you follow the manufacturer’s directions in order to achieve the best results. Here’s a valuable tip you can use: two coats of the primer sealer will provide the best coverage for the dark colors you are trying to eliminate. Here’s another tip you can use: usually primers come in a basic white shade. If you add some of the top coat paint to the primer, it will help the final coat of paint cover better.

Allow the primer sealer to dry thoroughly, according to the manufacturer’s directions. Then, apply the top coat of paint to the walls. Follow the manufacturer’s directions in order to achieve the best results, but, just like with the primer sealer, two coats will do the best job.

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Top 5 Reasons To Hire A Professional Painter

by kloudadmin

With all of the talk about saving money and all the do-it-yourself tips from Lowes and Home Depot, why should anyone hire a professional painter?

There are lots of reasons we have narrowed it down to the top 5.

#5 A professional will finish a project in a timely manner. As a home owner it is easy to start a project, then between your day job, soccer games, dance practices, and the water heater going out, your project is still unfinished 6 months later.

#4 A professional will use professional equipment. Paint brushes, rollers, and a couple of cans of paint will do the job, except professionals are going to know which brand brush works the best for specific areas of your home, inside and out, and which types of paint are better for a particular space.

#3 A professional will have warranties on their product and service. It is nice to know that someone is standing behind their product and service. If there is a problem you just call them up to fix it, no stress no worry.

#2 A professional will usually use a higher quality product then you might purchase. Most people think about home projects and they think about Home Depot and Lowes. When we think about a job we think Kwal and Sherwin Williams.

#1 It’s their job! Most people would not go visit their accountant for a haircut, or vise versa. We all have jobs, things we specialize in, tricks of the trade we have learned over years of experience. Most do-it-yourselfers will settle for an okay job, but with a professional it looks clean and is finished.

In the end painters are here to make you life easier. If you have started a job and need it finished, or if you have completed a job and need help ‘fixing’ the mistakes or if you just want to hand the job over to us we are hear to serve you.

Accent Painting is a professional painting company that has been serving the Oklahoma City and Oklahoma Metro area for more than 40 years.  Contact us today for a quote on your next painting project!

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Your approximate cost. Painting the exterior

by AccentPainting

The cost of painting the exterior of a house varies depending on  the house size, labor needed and supplies chosen. If you paint a house without  hiring anyone it may cost up to $600. If you hire someone to do the work it can  cost from $1,500 to over $5,000

Price of Paint

  • The price of paint varies based on the type of paint you choose. Regular  paint is $25 to $40 per gallon, but can be as much as $100 per gallon.  Buy the best paint you can afford because it will be higher quality.  For a 3,000-square-foot home, you need 15 gallons or more. Paint will constitute  about 25 percent of the total cost of painting a house. The cost of paint will  remain the same regardless of whether you paint the house yourself or hire  someone to paint it.


  • The cost of labor accounts for the other 75 percent of home painting costs.  For an average 3,000-square-foot home, labor can cost anywhere from $1,500 to  $3,000 and can cost over $5,000 for a larger home. Labor will often include  things like pressure washing the house (which must be done prior to painting),  painting doors, mailboxes, etc. Painters will bring their own supplies like  tarps, tape, brushes, etc. If you choose to do the painting yourself, you will  have to buy or rent your own supplies (i.e. brushes, ladders, power washers,  etc.) which can cost anywhere from $400 and upwards. It depends on the materials  you buy and the amount of time you rent equipment for.
    Sometimes work can get discounted if you ask to have the house painted in  between the painter’s other projects. This means it will take longer for your house to be  done, but it may save you some money. Summer is when most people tend to get  their homes painted so if you get yours painted in the off-season there is a  chance the work will be discounted. Late fall is the typical off-season. The  amount of discount you can receive varies depending on the painter, so ask  several painters if they can offer any discounts and how much. It is possible to  get discounted work by hiring someone you know, like a neighbor, to paint the  house. By doing this you may still have to purchase all the supplies, though and  it might take the person longer than a professional  painter.

Discounted Work

  • Sometimes work can get discounted if you ask to have the house painted in  between the painter’s other projects. This means it will take longer for your house to be  done, but it may save you some money. Summer is when most people tend to get  their homes painted so if you get yours painted in the off-season there is a  chance the work will be discounted. Late fall is the typical off-season. The  amount of discount you can receive varies depending on the painter, so ask  several painters if they can offer any discounts and how much. It is possible to  get discounted work by hiring someone you know, like a neighbor, to paint the  house. By doing this you may still have to purchase all the supplies, though and  it might take the person longer than a professional  painter.


  • If repairs are needed on your house, the painting job will cost more. One of  the main repairs houses need is fixing rotted wood. Loose boards are another  repair you may need to make. Depending on the extent of the repairs needed and  the painter’s policies, these repairs can add to the total cost of painting the  house.

Extra Costs

  • One extra cost that may be incurred is if the color of the house changes from  dark to light or light to dark. This dramatic change may require more coats of  paint which will add to the total cost of paint. Painting the extra coats will  add to labor time. If you plan on doing the work yourself, keep in mind you will  need to rent a pressure washer and buy all of your own  supplies.


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Marble Effect Faux Painting

by AccentPainting

The marble effect is one of the most challenging faux painting finishes to  create. Professionals and homeowners use the marble effect to give painted  surfaces the look of polished marble to avoid the high cost associated with  actual marble. With a little practice and some trial and error, you can  transform your wooden posts or concrete floor with paint to make them look like  marble.


  • 1 – Paint the surface with eggshell paint using a paintbrush in corners and along  edges and a paint roller on  the larger, flat surfaces. Allow the paint to dry  overnight.

  • 2 – Paint the surface with linseed oil in a small, even layer with the paintbrush and paint roller.  The linseed oil slows the paint’s drying time, giving you more time to work when  applying the faux finish.
  • 3 – Mix a small amount of the black oil based paint with  the eggshell paint in each plastic container to produce a gray color. Create  different shades of gray in each container by adjusting the amounts of black and  eggshell paint used. Mix at least three shades.
  • 4 – Apply the gray paint to the area in overlapping, random swirling  patterns.
  • 5 – Pull a dry, soft brush through the paint to soften and blend the colors  creating streaks from the swirled colors.
  • 6 – Dab a dry rag over the surface to remove excess paint and further blend the  colors together.
  • 7 – Pull the dry paintbrush through the paint again to remove any marks from the  rag.
  • 8 – Add diagonal, irregular veins across the surface with the medium-gray paint  using a small detail paintbrush. These veins should not cross each  other.
  • 9 – Glide a dry paintbrush over the veins to soften the  lines.
  • 10 – Dip the side of a feather into the white spirits and pull the feather  backwards against a paper towel to rough the feathers. Then dip the feather into  the darkest gray.
  • 11 – Move the feather lightly through the previous veins to add detail and depth  to the veins. When you are satisfied with the finished look, allow the paint to  dry.
  • 12 – Add a translucent glaze to the surface with a paintbrush to protect the faux  finish and create the shiny look of polished marble.


“Faux Painted Marble bathroom wall”

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We love AccentPainting, WIN THIS! $15 Starbucks Card

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Starting today, 6/21/2012 AccentPainting has another new way to win! We’re giving away a $15 Starbuck’s gift card to one fan and here’s how you can win.

1. Leave a comment on this blog post giving us, AccentPainting, a suggestion or two on what we can do to improve our Facebook and Twitter pages. What do you want to see? A certain type of contest that would be fun? Or do you want us to give away a discounted paint project? Maybe more pictures or trivias? It’s UP TO YOU!! Give us your thoughts and ideas!!

2. When we have 15 suggestions, OR next Friday the 29th of June (whichever comes first), we will choose a winner from those who posted!

NOTE: When you enter the contest, if you are chosen as the winner, you are giving us permission to post your name as our winner on our Facebook, Twitter, and Website.

We want to hear your suggestions!! Tell us what YOU want to see!

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Freshen up the front door with a fresh coat of paint.

by AccentPainting

A fresh coat of paint can easily bring a scuffed and worn door back to life. And it’s a simple project for anyone with basic painting experience around the house.


Step 1: Clean the Door Surface Upon starting any new painting job, it’s always a good idea to give the surface a thorough cleaning. First, remove the door from its hinges. It is possible to clean and paint a door while it’s still in the doorway, and it may seem faster to do so. But for the best results, you should remove the door and place it on sawhorses or a similar structure to keep it flat and off the ground. Use a mild solution of detergent and water, and scrub it thoroughly with a sponge or soft brush. Wipe it down immediately with a towel to dry it and then let it air dry for a few minutes longer.

Helpful Tips:

  • Remove all of the door hardware or cover it completely with painter’s tape.
  • Use a plastic drop cloth to protect your floors and minimize cleanup.

Safety Alerts!

  • Before you begin, put on a pair of work gloves to protect your hands from splinters, chemicals and paint.
  • Keep all of your materials and equipment away from children and pets.

Step 2: Scrape and Sand Use a 1″ paint scraper to remove any excess flaking paint, and then smooth the edges between the painted and unpainted areas with medium-grit sandpaper. Then switch to fine-grit sandpaper and sand until the surface is smooth. Dirt isn’t the only thing that prevents paint from sticking — so does a glossy surface. You can remove the luster and smooth any imperfections in the door’s surface by lightly sanding it with fine sandpaper. Remove sanding dust with a tack cloth or duster.

Helpful Tip:

  • Before you begin scraping, be sure to use a new scraper blade or sharpen the existing blade with a fine metal file. An extra-sharp blade will make your job a lot easier and reduce the possibility of damaging the surface.

Safety Alerts!

  • Because you will be sanding and painting, make sure you have adequate ventilation where you’re working. Minimize airborne dust by setting up an easy exhaust system. Consider placing a fan in a nearby window and open another window just outside the room. Take frequent breaks if necessary.
  • When you scrape, sand or remove old paint, you may release toxic lead dust into the air. Exposure to lead dust can cause serious illness, such as brain damage, especially in children. Pregnant women should also avoid exposure. When you’re removing lead paint, always wear a NIOSH-approved respirator to control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop. And before you get started, learn how to protect yourself and your family by contacting the National Lead Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD

Step 3: Prime If you’re working on interior doors, apply a coat of interior latex primer using a paintbrush. Let the primer coat dry completely (a few hours or overnight) before you begin painting. For exterior doors, prime surfaces, including the front, back and all four outside edges, with an exterior primer. Don’t use a latex primer if you will be using an oil-based paint. If your exterior door is metal, use a primer that is formulated for metal surfaces.

Helpful Tip:

  • Sanding may accidentally round out areas that are detailed or have crisp edges. To prevent this, don’t sand these areas. Instead, treat them with a chemical deglosser just before you’re ready to apply primer. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and heed all the safety warnings about ventilation and wear a respirator.

Step 4: Paint Choose True Value EasyCare® latex paint in the color and finish of your choice for interior doors. For exterior doors, paint over the primer with X-O Rust oil-based enamel. Use an angled sash brush and start with door panels or other decorative features, working from the inside of the door out. Paint the detailed or molded areas around the panels, then move on to the panels themselves. Always paint out of corners, not into them, to avoid creating paint deposits and clumps. Try not to use a heavy hand when you’re painting panel-frame joints. Otherwise, the paint may end up cracking. Instead, tip off these areas with a brush that’s almost dry. Paint in the direction of the wood grain.

Paint the edges. Start with the top and bottom edges. When it comes to painting the inner and outer edges, you may have a color decision to make. Some doors have a split color personality — that is, they’re painted a different color on each side (for example, the back of the door is painted beige to match the beige hallway and the front is blue, to match a blue bedroom). If your door looks different coming and going, paint its inner and outer edges to match the wall that shows when the door is open against it. For example, if the door opens out to the beige hallway, paint the edges beige also, so they’ll match.

Helpful Tips:

  • When you’re painting the bottom edge of a door that’s still on its hinges, use a mirror to check your progress as you go.
  • Painting a door that’s still on its hinges can result in drips and sags, especially across each panel’s top molding and bottom corners. To prevent that from happening, don’t overload your brush with paint. If you see any errant drips as you go, dry brush them immediately, before they have a chance to set.

Watch corners for paint build-up and dab with the tips of brush bristles if necessary. If you see paint runs and drags, remove and smooth them with an upward motion of the brush. Lightly tip off the finish with a dry brush. When you’re finished, make sure the paint cures for as long possible before closing the door (at least 1 or 2 days).

Step 5: Clean Up Clean your brushes with warm soapy water. When the water runs clear, shake out excess liquid. Put the brush back in its protective sleeve or hang it on a nail or hook. Clean up paint trays, and if you used tray liners, just toss them in the trash. Re-install the door and replace any hardware you may have removed.

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Picking your paint. Brand, Finish, Color

by AccentPainting
There are so many different house paint brands on the market today. They all claim to be the best quality, have the best coverage, and the most color options. But how do you know what is the best paint to choose to paint each specific painting project within your home? Do we go with Oil or Latex? What about the paint finish? Is there a difference between Flat and Eggshell? Which paint offers the best quality for the best price? Should I go to a specialty paint store or is it ok to purchase from one of those big home supply stores?
Choosing Best Paint to Use for Your Painting Project
Well, just like anything else, different paint brands have different levels of quality and pricing. Just because a paint brand is much cheaper than another one, does not mean that you are getting the best for your buck. Just like when shopping for clothes, there are different stores that may offer the same shirt in the same color. But often times the shirt purchased in the more expensive department store is actually a better quality than the shirt purchased at one of those big super stores. So yes, you do get what you pay for and the same goes with paint. Don’t buy a paint brand just because it is cheap. Do your research first.And remember that when looking for the best paint to choose, you are not just looking for the brand. The next step is finding the right color. Keep in mind that most paint supply stores can mix any color as long as they have the color code. So, if you really like a specific color in a certain paint brand you can have it mixed in your paint brand of choice. You can also bring a paint chip with you and they can match the color that way.Once your have your color picked out, you will need to know what paint finish you would like to use as well as whether to go with Oil or Latex. The paint finish is pretty easy. There are a few different options: Flat, Eggshell, Satin, Semi Gloss, and Gloss. They finishes move up from no sheen to high sheen. This is how much the paint shines and reflects light. Flat is great for ceilings. Eggshell is great for walls in the bedroom and other living spaces. Satin is a good option for the bathroom or kitchen because it is washable. Semi Gloss is a good choice for Trim and Doors.Lately there has been a big debate on Oil and Latex paints. With all of the new VOC laws, many states are trying to be more eco-friendly and stay away from paints that let off heavy fumes. Oil does have a high smell to it, so if used you really need to have the proper ventilation. Latex is a water based paint, but it is just as durable now a days. Many painters are even using Latex paint for house exteriors. But it is really up to you on what direction to go in. If you ask around you will get mixed opinions. Many of the old school painters swear by oil and will not make the switch for things like cabinets, trim, and doors. If you are concerned about paint fumes, then definitely go with a good quality latex.Another thing that is important for a paint’s quality and durability is the prep work. You really need to take the time to prepare your surface properly before applying the paint. This means that your surface should be cleaned first and then holes and cracks will need to be puttied, sanded, dust removed, and then primed. And paint application can also be crucial. Be sure to follow the instructions on the paint can.If you are planning on hiring us as your painting contractor, then you can always ask us what advice we have on paint brands and finishes. We have paint brands that we use more than others, although I won’t advertise for them on my blog. Ask me why I prefer these brands when you contact me about your project. Never be afraid to ask questions. I have years of experience working with paint.

If you do not currently have a painter, be sure to hire us, Accent Painting for all of your painting needs in your area!

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Painting your Exterior this summer?

by AccentPainting

Heres how!

If painting the whole house, start with the fascia board and under the eaves, followed by the gutters. The walls come next, then the windows, sills and doors and finally the downpipes. In this way, any paint that is dripped onto a wall under a fascia or gutter will be covered up when you come to paint the wall.
Use a roller, if possible, on flat surfaces as paint will go on much faster this way than with a brush. Paint pads, especially 100mm or 180mm sizes, are an excellent alternative to brushes and rollers on smooth exterior cladding and weatherboards. After coating about one square metre, even out the paint by lightly rolling across the surface with an almost dry roller. Always work from the unpainted area back into the painted area, maintaining a wet edge to avoid lap marks. Be sure to prime any new or exposed metal on gutters and downpipes before painting. For windows, start by cutting in around the glass with a small sash brush, then use a larger brush for the surrounding frame. Use masking tape along the glass edge to give a clean finish. Doors are painted from the outside in, doing the moulding first. Paint the edges, then the face, returning to the edges to lightly feather off any surplus paint with the tip of the brush. You’ll probably be using an enamel here, so it’s better to remove the door completely and paint on trestles.

Always paint in the shade, never in the sun. Outside painting should only be done in temperatures between 10 and 40 degrees Celsius. In summer, the best way is to follow the sun around your home and paint only on the shady side. A hot sun will dry out the surface too quickly, which may cause the paint to wrinkle.

Here’s what happens when you paint in the extreme heat:


  • Primer or Undercoat
  • Paint in the finish and quantity to suit your job
  • Paint brushes – a selection of wider and smaller brushes
  • Roller frame and roller tray to suit
  • Roller covers to suit roller frame and paint finish
  • Extension handle for roller frame � Exterior filler (such as Selleys Permafill for cracks and imperfections)
  • Flexible sealant (such as Selleys No More Gaps)
  • Filling blade (for applying filler)
  • Heat gun or chemical paint stripper (for removing old paint)
  • Sandpaper (for smoothing surfaces to be painted)
  • Drop cloths (to protect driveways, paths, etc)
  • Sugar soap, sponge and gloves (for washing down surfaces)
  • Stepladder
  • Flat paddle or ruler
  • Masking tape
  • Clean up rags for spills and drips
  • Turpentine (if using solvent-based paints)

Hopefully if you have an exterior painting project in mind for the sumer, you’ve got a bit of painting experience so this may be old news to you. However, it never hurts to have a helpful reminder and a handy checklist!

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Painting Kitchen Cabinets to save Money

by AccentPainting

If replacing your cabinetry is too expensive for your kitchen cabinet design budget,  painting kitchen cabinets after refacing them is the least expensive option and can really transform your kitchen. Plus, this kitchen remodeling job can be accomplished over a long weekend, about 3 days, with the right kind of preparation and planning. Depending on the area of the country you live in, it is probably not a good idea to do this type of job in the winter months because you will need to have windows and doors open to release the fumes from the paint and primer.

Kitchen cabinet design principle: Kitchen cabinets usually take up most of the wall space in most kitchens and, because of this, you can greatly improve the look of the entire kitchen by making a change in the look of your kitchen cabinets.

Whether your kitchen cabinet design calls for you to lighten up dark cabinets or brighten them up with bold colors, paint can provide an instant makeover for almost all types of cabinets. Because of the problems of paint adhering well to laminate and melamine cabinets, it isn’t recommended to paint these types of kitchen cabinets.

Painting your kitchen cabinets can be the fastest and easiest method of kitchen cabinet design to update a tired, worn-out looking kitchen and increase the value of your home. Painting the cabinets is a simple and low-cost alternative to an expensive kitchen-remodeling job. Painting the kitchen cabinets is a smart kitchen cabinet design strategy; it will also save you money while making it look like you spent a lot on remodeling your kitchen.

Another idea for kitchen cabinet design is to change the kitchen cabinet accessories, such as the cabinet knobs and handles. You can leave the insides of the kitchen cabinets alone except the insides of the doors to save even more money on the job and the hassle of having to take out everything that is inside the cabinets.

Kitchen Cabinet Design – Preparing the Kitchen Cabinetry for Painting

First you can begin by taking off the doors and removing any screws and all the hardware from the cabinets. Make sure to clean the cabinets thoroughly before starting to paint with a wood cleaner containing orange oil. This type of cleaner is good for removing grease. If there is any grease, oils or even a little dirt, the paint may not adhere to the wood surface correctly and your kitchen cabinet design may not end up looking as you wish. Make sure the surface is totally dry before applying the primer.

Now check for any rough areas on the doors and the cabinet base, sand them down, and wipe away any dust or sawdust from the surface.

Apply an even coat of primer-sealer to the cabinet doors, starting in the center and following the grain of the wood. By using primer-sealer you will not have to sand down and degloss the wood before painting it.

Kitchen Cabinet Design – Painting the Cabinetry

When it comes to the choice of the type of paint either a high-gloss or a semigloss paint are recommended for kitchen cabinet design. Some people, however, feel that semigloss can provide a richer finish however. Use a good quality brush for applying the paint. This will ensure a more superior finish. As with the application of the primer-sealer, you should start in the center and follow the grain. Two or three coats are required to achieve a good quality finish. The paint should be given adequate time to dry, about four hours per coat. Using thin coats make for fewer brushstrokes and less time for drying.

Once you have all the doors painted, start on the bases. Follow the same steps you did for the doors: sand, clean, seal, then paint. You will not have to worry about doing the inside of the cabinets as part of your kitchen cabinet design. It will only be necessary to tape off the edges for a clean finish and just leave them as they are. However, you might want to start thinking about replacing the hardware for the drawers and doors to totally complete your new kitchen look.

If you proceed carefully and follow all the necessary steps, you should have a like new kitchen with a fresh look to be proud of.


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A few general tips on your painting technique

by AccentPainting

1) Keep a wet edge, and always paint from dry to wet.  This will minimize brush strokes and roller marks.

2) Don’t stretch your paint.  You don’t want to glop the paint on, but scrimping will leave you with a patchy, blotchy paint job.

3) Taping is optional, especially if you have a reasonably steady hand.  Using an angle brush, start slightly away from the edge and then curve in to meet it.  This will help you avoid leaving a big blob of paint where you begin.

4) Holding the brush the narrow way (not the way you would naturally hold it) makes it easier to get a crisp line when painting trim.

5) Painting a room is best accomplished by first cutting in (painting along the trim, ceiling, and corners) with a brush.  After that has dried, you can go in with a roller for the walls.

6) I find that it doesn’t matter whether you paint the walls or the trim first.  My preference is to paint the trim first because I find that I can get a cleaner line when I cut in to paint the walls.  If you like to tape off your edges, you may find it easier to paint the trim last.

7) Wet your brush and then blot out most of the water before you begin.  This will help to keep paint from creeping up into the ferrule (the metal part where the bristles are attached) and save your brush.

8. Only dip your brush about a half or quarter of an inch into the paint, then wipe off one side on the edge of the paint container.  This will help you avoid paint runs (from using too much) and keep your brush in good condition.

9) Paint in long, continuous strokes. Not doing so is one of the most common mistakes.

10) When painting with a roller, aim for covering a three foot wide section at a time.  I typically go from the ceiling to a midway point, load more paint, and then go from the midway point down to the floor.  Then I move left or right to the next section, always remembering to keep a wet edge and working from dry to wet.

11) When painting with a brush, don’t dab the paint on or move in a short back and forth motion.  You can paint with the brush left and right (or up and down) to get the paint on, but then take one long finishing stroke from the dry side and tapering off into the wet edge.

12) Put on a second coat.  Your paint job may look OK after just one, but it will look better after two.  If you’re using a dark or vivid color, you may even need three (or more) coats.

13) Let your paint fully dry between coats.  The paint can should tell you how long to wait.