10+ Tips to Help You Paint Trim, Walls and Baseboard Like a Pro

Does the thought of painting a room in your house make you want to run for the hills? Would you rather sit through a 12 hour documentary on paper than update your paint color? Well, sit tight because I think I may have some suggestions to lessen your pain when figuring out how to paint a room….

How to Paint Edges Between Wall and Ceiling

When cutting in around the ceiling, overlap down onto the wall so that you have a fresh surface on which to cut in the wall color

Paint the ceiling 1st (even though it hurts your neck and is boring). I love to paint, but painting white on something white (like refreshing a ceiling) is just not any fun to me. I won’t change!! Unfortunately, I also don’t like a ceiling in any other color than white, so I’m stuck with the boring part. Music helps- play “We Will Rock You” by Queen while doing the ceiling- that always helps me!

Edge the ceiling with your brush first and then roll the ceiling. Also, use a pole that extends your roller length so at least you don’t have to keep climbing up and down a ladder to finish your ceiling.

When you edge the ceiling with your brush, overlap the paint onto the walls by an inch or two. Don’t try to stay off the walls. You’ll eliminate the old wall color and have a fresh canvas to get a nice sharp edge when edging with the new color. If you prime the walls, you now can roll right up to your ceiling overlap and you’ve saved yourself a step.

Cutting in the wall color- the red is gone so there is no chance that you will get a glimpse of it between the white and green
If you try to paint a perfect line at the edge of the ceiling, and then you try to paint a perfect line at the top of the wall with the new paint color, you WILL end up with bits of the old wall color peeking out between the ceiling paint and new wall color. Also, you can paint the room much more quickly if you are only edging one surface rather than two. Ask me how I know……

How to Paint the Trim

Applying the trim paint. The trim color is overlapped slightly onto the wall, speeding up your application and giving you a nice clean line to edge the wall color against

Paint your window and door trim before painting the walls. You might be thinking- What? Here’s the deal. When you paint the trim, if you get some paint on the wall it won’t be a big deal. Think about how much quicker you can go. Now you don’t want to glob the paint on the wall, but getting it on the wall is perfectly fine at this point. If you do get a glob on the wall, wipe it off before it dries.

Paint trim with a semi-gloss paint. This helps keeps your trim looking good and it’s very easy to clean when it does get dirty. If you are painting over a previous semi-gloss paint or polyurethane, make sure you prime before painting. It’s very important- you need to put a flat paint over a glossy finish, then you can paint a semi-gloss paint over a flat finish. This helps each step stick much better.

Fastest Way to Paint the Walls

Paint the walls next. Once again, if you get paint on the baseboard at this point, it’s not a big deal. Just make sure it’s not globs of paint. This again speeds up the process of painting.

If your walls have lots of flaws, paint with flat paint. This will hide and minimize the flaws. If you are concerned with ease of clean-up, paint the walls with a satin finish. This is especially applicable in bathrooms and the kitchen.

How to Paint the Baseboard

It’s possible to get a nice clean line if you paint the baseboard last. Paint the baseboard last. Why? Well, it’s the same as the previous tip. You can see the top of the baseboard and the edge of your paintbrush much easier than trying to edge the wall above the finished baseboard. Every time I try to edge the wall above the baseboard, I end up practically standing on my head.

If you are installing a new baseboard (and/or door and window trim) paint it before you install it. It took me at least 20 years to convince hubby this is the best way to handle new trim but I think he finally sees the advantages. His hangup was always that the trim gets banged up and gets fingerprints on it when hanging it, but trust me on this- it will take you 5-10 minutes to touch up the trim versus spending a couple of hours trying to keep the paint off the wall and floor. Now, if it’s old trim, you just have to deal with it. I’m not a fan of painter’s tape at all, but it does come in handy at times.

If you use painter’s tape to keep the paint off the floor, for instance, make sure you remove the tape while the paint is still wet. If the paint dries, you have to use a utility knife to score along the bottom of the trim before removing the tape so you don’t inadvertently remove the paint from the trim.

The Tools and Supplies Needed For Painting a Room

The rubber band is used to wipe the excess paint off the brush, keeping the edge of the cup clean.

Use cups to hold your trim paint so that you aren’t holding a heavy can of paint (a solo cup works great). Place a rubber band around the cup vertically to wipe your paintbrush on. Why? Well, you won’t get any drips off the edge of your cup. I’m very careful when painting (except with myself- my clothes are a hot mess when I’m painting) and there is nothing more annoying than getting a drip off the cup just because I’m wiping the brush against the edge of the cup.

My awesome 1 1/2″ brush from Purdy. If you re-form the brush after every use, it will maintain it’s a sharp edge. When picking out a paintbrush, take it out of it’s packaging to make sure that the edge of the paintbrush isn’t very thick. You want a brush that tapers down to a nice fine edge. I always buy tapered brushes rather than straight ones, to eliminate even more bristles at the edge. Buy quality brushes. This isn’t the time to skimp. When cleaning your brush, keep the bristles pointing down so water doesn’t run into the ferrell (the metal part that’s crimped over your bristles). Wash your brush thoroughly and I mean thoroughly (until the water runs clear).

Don’t be satisfied and think you are done when you see the surface is clean. Keep separating the bristles to get the paint out of the interior of the brush. If you skip this step your brush will be rock hard when it dries. When clean, shake the excess water out of the brush and then pat dry and reform into the proper shape.

Don’t clean your roller covers!! What a waste of time and water!! Place the business end of the roller into a gallon bag that can be zipped up. This will keep the roller ready to use for weeks-literally weeks!! When you are finally done with that color, simply throw the cover away. One thing you will want to keep clean? The ends of your roller handle. If you let the paint build up on the ends, it will be very difficult to get the covers on and off and the roller may not spin correctly. This is one of those fun clean-ups- simply peel the dried paint off the ends- they are plastic and the paint comes off in one chunk!

For very short-term periods (an hour or two) you can also wrap up your paintbrush in plastic wrap to keep it fresh until you move to the next room and need it again. I don’t like to mess around though and try to get away without washing my brushes. This could potentially ruin them and I consider my brushes an investment and like to keep them in good working order.

Obviously, you will want to lay down some sort of drop cloth to keep the paint off your floor. The cheapest solution is a plastic drop cloth. They are okay, but kind of slippery. If you are going to be doing a lot of painting, the canvas drop cloths are awesome, but more of an investment.

If you wonder why I don’t talk about painter’s tape in my tips, it’s because I don’t like it! Every time I use painter’s tape, the paint bleeds underneath, not to mention the amount of time it takes to tape everything off.

Now, having said that, if you just don’t have a steady hand, you WILL need to use painter’s tape. The key to using it is to make sure it adheres securely and remove it while your paint is wet. Good Luck- it just doesn’t work for me, but I get it if you need to use it!!!

I hope this has given you some new ideas for a different order to the steps of painting a room. I don’t know if my steps are the “conventional wisdom” steps that most people do but over years I have developed this order to save me a TON of time. I think it’s the easiest way to paint a room, and I hope you find that to be true also!

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Save Money With Used Work Clothes

If you are in the workforce, one of the best ways to cut work expenses is to save money with used work clothes. Healthcare, construction, mechanics, and machinery workers all need special and durable clothes which adds to the cost of being employed.

Why Spend A Fortune For Uniforms and Work Clothes?

There’s no reason to spend top dollar on clothes that are exclusively for working in an industry that is particularly hard on clothing. Even the most expensive work pants will show signs of wear and tear immediately if worn to perform manual labor or in strenuous work environments. Save your money and buy high quality used clothes instead.

Where To Find Used Work Clothes Online

One of the best kept secrets out there is how to save money with used work clothes. Perhaps it’s because some of the companies specializing in selling used work clothes and uniforms have been around for nearly 50 years and somewhat old school when it comes to marketing and advertising. While you should not expect super snazzy websites, several have come up to speed though and now you can find a wonderful selection of used work clothes online.

My favorite sources are Walt’s Used Workwear. You can find very high-grade products that look nearly new, as well as being able to opt for lower grade products for even less. Walt specializes in more industrial clothing.

What You Can Expect In Quality and Condition of Used Work Clothes

In 20 years of buying from Walt’s, I can offer a very confident opinion of the quality of the products. The clothes come clean, starched, and in great condition. The jeans have always been spot-free, not worn, and always of thick grade denim. Most times they are popular work brands. The shirts have had name tags on them in most cases and can be ordered with them removed. Each time we have ordered, the clothes have come in a condition comparable to having been worn and washed only a handful of times.

Save More on Used Worth Clothes with Bundles

How much you save depends on how much you spend on work clothes buy new, of course, but you’ll see that the savings are significant. A new pair of jeans now runs around $40, while buying 7 pairs of used at Walt’s will run around $45. Walt also runs regular specials so you can find what you need for even less. It is also significant to note that I have never found comparable prices or consistency in availability or quality in the thrift stores.

What Are Some of the Advantages?

In addition to the significant savings, online resources for used work clothes offer a wide range of colors, styles, products, and constant availability. There’s no need to search high and low or end up with products that do not meet your needs or expectations when the online vendors do the work for you.

For many people, the cost of work clothing is a huge expense, and sometimes even prohibitive. When new clothes become used work clothes in just a few years, buying near new is a very attractive option. The ability to save money with used work clothes is a smart strategy for financial success.

Book Review: The One Thing – Briana Gaitan

4 out of 5 stars

OMG, I love the Hollywood Timelines Series! I just finished reading The One Thing, which is the second book in the series. This book reflects on Ginger’s life approximately six months after her cousin, Quinn, has moved to LA with her (Read, The Last Thing, to get to know Quinn’s story). While we may not have the fame or fortune that Ginger has there are some aspects of her life that some could find relatable from the heartbreaks, hookups, and new love. From Ginger’s encounters, she must first learn to love herself and learn to take control. This is a lesson that we all can take in as we should all learn to love ourselves and not dive into the darkness that waits when something goes wrong in our lives. We need to learn how to take control of our lives and to always fight for what we want.

It’s hard not to fall in love with these characters and their story without wanting more of them, too. However, I would have liked to have gotten to know Ginger’s life before leaving for LA to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress. I’m ready for Hollywood Timelines Book #3!

This is our second book review of the year and I can’t wait to share other books I’m reading throughout the year. What are you currently reading? Do you have any book recommendations?

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own.

Oatmeal Breakfast Shake

I hear from so many people that they do not like oatmeal. I am one that actually loves it, however, I live with some that do not. I have learned to become creative with it and it has gotten them to actually enjoy oatmeal. One of those ways is to make a shake with it. This is perfect because it is quick and easy to make and you can take it with you on your way to school, work, or the gym.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 nectarine (frozen)
  • 1/2 banana (frozen)
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal (uncooked)
  • 1 scoop whey protein powder

Add all the ingredients to your blender and blend to the desired consistency.

What I really like about this shake is that it is that you can use it with any fruit which is how I keep it from being the same thing every day. I have used strawberries, blueberries, etc. The only ingredients I do not change are the banana, oatmeal, and protein. I use vanilla for the protein powder but you can use whatever flavor you like.

My son always tells me how much he hates oatmeal and he drank this shake for weeks before he saw me make it and realized it had oatmeal in it.
Remember when you are freezing your bananas to make sure they are leopard-spotted and leave the peeling on. I do go ahead and cut them in half before freezing. They are easy to peel right out of the freezer. This is a great thing to do with your bananas to keep from throwing them out because they are bad. I have started cutting up all of our fruit that is not eaten and freezing it for these as well as the other shakes that I will share later!