We share a lot of painting tips and tricks—ways to get the most professional finish, how to select the best paint, and even the tools you need to get started. But there’s one paint tip that can’t go unmentioned: Cutting in.
Before you can paint the entirety of your room or wall, you’ll want to go through a process called cutting in, which will allow you to get crisp, clean lines around your trim, baseboards and electrical sockets. The process uses a paint brush rather than a paint roller so you have the most precision.
To begin cutting in, you’ll want to first run painters tape along the baseboards or trim, if they aren’t also going to be painted.
This will allow you a few mishaps here and there if you get too heavy handed with the paint brush.
From there, you’ll want to dip about a third of the paintbrush into your paint can. You won’t need to run the paintbrush along the side of the paint can to remove the excess for this, though a smaller paint can for this step will keep you from getting too much on the brush at once.
Then, holding the paintbrush as you would hold a pencil, lightly apply the paintbrush to your wall’s surface. Apply just enough pressure that the bristles fan out slightly, so you get a more even coverage. If you drip paint down the wall at all, don’t worry. Simply swipe through the dripped spot to remove the excess and come back to it when you’re rolling the entire wall.
Painting can seem like an arduous task, but it doesn’t have to be! If you have some else to paint with you (or turn it into a painting party!), have one person cut in while the other person follows behind and gets the walls with the paint roller. This will cut your time in half and allow you to enjoy your freshly painted room faster.
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As always, we’re here to help! Whether you need help finding the perfect paint tools to begin your project, help choosing the perfect paint color for your room, or even help matching paint, our interior designers and paint specialists will set you on the right path for success.
Simply stop by our Design Center for a quick conversation, or request a free consultation with us. We can’t wait to help you with your next paint project.