Video: My Best Painting Tip

I’ve painted a lot. Walls, furniture, accessories, exterior siding and trim (finished a year after the house was painted, *ahem*). You name it.

I’m not sayin’ it all looked pretty, just that I painted a lot. I’m sure my first paint projects were nothing to write home about. But there’s something to be said about experience…I guess the old “practice makes perfect” saying is right.
Or maybe just “practice makes better.” Whatever.
And while there were times I wished we could’ve hired someone else to paint, it’s really one of the easiest do-it-yourself jobs and a fairly inexpensive way to improve your living environment.
So when we were doing a surprise makeover for our son’s bedroom, we also put together this little video where I share with you my best painting tip that has saved me countless hours in preparation: Not taping any edges before painting.
Just be sure to watch it to the end (or just skip past all the boring part with me talking) because my husband added his own ending, unbeknownst to me.

To see this video in a larger size, click here

Does anyone else have any painting tips or techniques that you can share? I’d love to hear them!
And I’d also be interested in how many others also “gave up the tape”. :-)




  1. I hope he brought them back! lol Nice video. Thanks for sharing your tips.

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  2. Did you get your brushes back in one piece!!!?????

    My DH painted for a living when he was younger and one tip he gave me when painting edges like you showed is to only load the inside part of your brush so the brush area that is touching moulding or ceiling does not have paint on it just the under side. (does that even make sense??)

  3. Mary Ellen- Oh yes, that’s a good tip which I will try next time…although after awhile painting I’m sure the other side of my brush would end up with paint on it. :-)

  4. Yup, yup, yup! No more taping for me either. I do the exact same technique and it works beautifully and quickly every time. ….ok except that I love super white trim on almost every single trim spot there is so I paint the trim first and actually bring the white onto the wall a little. Then I go back in with the wall color right up to the corner where the trim meets the wall. It’s easier for me to do it that way because I lean toward bright vibrant colors or dark ones…my living room is dark chocolate brown with bright white trim….and going over any over painting of the darker color with white would take 6 zillion coats to cover properly.

    Try it it works wonders.

  5. Great tips, and fun sneak ending!

    Heh, hope he didn’t do anythng too crazy with the brushes.

  6. You and your husband are so cute. Love how he is “borrowing” your brushes. LOL….

    ~ Lisa from Indiana ~

  7. You must tell us what he was up to!!

  8. I’m curious what brand of brushes you like best.

    • I’m not brand-loyal, Tonya, so I just try to choose something that doesn’t make me feel sick at the price (for a PAINT brush…). :) I try to choose a good quality angled brush in the middle-of-the-road price range – about $7-10. In my experience, they do fine and I don’t have to be sick all over again when they get unusable -’cause they all do eventually!

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