Painting Tips for
by Nikki Willhite
Painting can be a messy job. Yet, when you are
done, it has a big impact. It can affect you emotionally, and it can make the
old and drab look revitalized and fresh.
Here are a few tips you may not have thought of to
make the job easier.
1. Never us newspapers to cover and protect the
floor. Newspaper ink rubs off on carpet. Buy some inexpensive plastic designed
to protect floors and furniture, or use old sheets.
2. If you are painting the ceiling, wear a shower
cap to protect your hair.
3. If you are worried about your clothing, wear a
trash bag on top of it. Cut a hole in the bottom of the bag for your head, and
holes in the side for your arms. Slip it over your head.
3. If there is something you don't want to remove,
such as a doorknob, but you don't want to spend a lot of time scraping paint off
of it, coat it with Vaseline before you start painting.
4. If you are painting a window with a lot of panes,
don't spend hours covering the wood with masking tape. Cut strips of newspaper,
wet them, and lay them along your paint lines. You can easily pull them off when
you are done painting and they are still wet.
5. If you do get paint on your windows, it scrapes
off with a razor blade. Some people don't even bother to protect the glass, and
just scrape when they are done.
6. If you have to leave your painting supplies, slip
a large plastic trash bag around them, and tie it up. That should keep them
moist until you return to the job.
7. If you think you are going to run out of paint
before your job is finished, stop at the end of the wall, or at another point
where the light changes. Hardware stores are pretty good with color matching,
but if they make a mistake it will show if you try to continue on the same
8. Use latex paint whenever possible. If you do have
to use oil based paint, use vegetable oil to clean your hands. It is easier on
your skin than paint thinner.
9. Store leftover paint in the smallest container
possible so the air won't dry it out. Be sure and mark the can. You think you
will remember, but it is easy to get confused as time goes by.
10. Always put something under your paint can to
catch drips that may run down the side. The lid from a can of Crisco works well.
One final remark- painting is a lot of work, but
don't settle for something you don't like. If you don't like what you see when
you are done, get another color, and do it again. At least your prep work will
Sometimes you just can't tell
until you are done. Don't live with something that you don't like. It isn't
If you persist, and take the time to do it over and
get it right, not only will you enjoy it, but you will commend yourself for your
hard work and your determination to get it right.