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Summer is a great time for painting projects to revitalize home decor. Here are 4 tips fit for the pros to get the best results.

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Painting can be one of the funnest DIY projects, but it can also be one of the biggest headaches if you don’t know what you’re doing. When it comes to getting clean lines and smooth paint jobs free of smudges, a little of the right technique goes a long way.

Don’t know what kind of brush to use? Uncertain of how to reach the ceiling? These four tips will help you minimize smudges for a professional-looking paint job without hiring any professionals.

1. Get the right angled brush

You want an angled brush for painting around windows, corners, and baseboards. Make sure to pick the right bristle type for your paint. A natural bristle brush works better with varnishes, while polyester and nylon blends are better in latex paint.

You want the brush to be two inches wide–anything smaller and it’ll take too long to cover the area you need, and anything larger might be unwieldy and hard to work with.

2. Cut in with confidence

Run around the baseboards and all the corners of the room with your angled brush before you start with the roller. Go around anything with an edge–this includes the ceiling. Leave a strip of at least two brush widths (three is better if you’re new at this) so that you can blend the paint with the roller.

Start away from the corner and move in, being sure to go over any beads or ridges of paint with your next brush stroke. By the way, if you move your hand too slowly, you might end up with a shaky line. Practice a bit and paint with confidence!

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3. Roll on smoothly

Before you touch the roller to the wall, you can do several things to ensure it’s ready to go. New rollers often have lint clinging to them, which you don’t want mucking up your paint. Clean the lint off the roller for a smooth surface.

When you dip it into the paint tray, be sure to roll it back and forth several times. You want the paint to be even around the entire roller before you start painting. It should be well-saturated without actually dripping.

4. Extend your roller

Ceilings are really difficult no matter how you look at them. If you’re painting the ceiling a different color than the rest of the room, you’ll definitely want to get it out of the way first. Instead of dealing with a step ladder and a short roller, get a four to eight foot roller extender when painting the ceiling (as long as your ceilings aren’t too high!) Roller extension poles are also good when painting the walls. It’s a lot easier to grip a pole than it is to grip the tiny handle of the roller, and your arms and hands won’t wear out nearly as quickly.

5. See to your ladder

The last thing to remember is your ladder; you don’t want to be reaching, so get something that brings your head to almost ceiling height. Also, make sure that the ladder is evenly supported at its base, too.

Whenever you climb up on a ladder, you run the risk of falling off of it. The key is to minimize that risk as much as you can before you make the climb.  Adjust the levels of your ladder’s “feet” according to the levels of your floor. Make sure that there is a secure place to keep your paint tray or bucket on the ladder. Replace the one you have if you need to do so in order to see to the best and most efficient use to support your efforts.

Summertime is perfect for painting!

Even though it can get pretty hot, summer is the perfect season for painting. Opening up the windows to make sure your space is well ventilated (the unofficial sixth tip on this list …) is easy. So is a fast drying process particularly when weather is dry and hot.

This is all to say that a lot of people take on a DIY painting project in summertime. There’s no reason you can’t, too. Take this tips and use them to get the best results.

 

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.