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Tips On How To Paint Your Homes Interior Walls And Trim

Updated on August 12, 2013

This hub is far different than any of the 300 plus hubs I have written about alcohol addiction and being a positive and happy person.

So with that said, I have been painting for the last 30 plus years, starting with the painting of my homes I have purchased over the years. My grandfather had his own business painting and wallpapering, and was very successful and made a great living at it. I suppose his talent rubbed off on me and that's why I have no problem with cutting in and painting a room at record speed. I just enjoy making homes look like new and all with a new paint job. Paint certainly does wonders I have to say, whether being interior or exterior.

My wife and others can not believe how fast I paint and without making a mess whatsoever. Many people tape up the trim and hardwood floors at the baseboard to prevent paint from going on the trim, or the beautiful varnished hardwood floors. I just use my tapered brush and paint away.

Taping is a excellent idea for those that can not cut in with their paint brush as I can. My wife and others always laughed and wondered how I could cut in trim and ceilings so straight. The laugh because my hands always shook especially when I drank alcohol or I needed my daily fix of the booze. Once the alcohol took effect my hands stopped shaking and I painted a straight line once again.

Now sober since 2009 I don't need alcohol to stop the shaking. It comes natural and can paint better and faster than ever. Don't get me wrong, I am not tooting my own horn here, but I have to say I am great at what I know and how I paint.

Just today I painted a huge living room, foyer, hallway and dinning room, plus all trim in less than 8 hours. The living room had cathedral ceilings and lots of wall space to paint. The rooms also had furniture in them which makes painting very difficult when painting as you may already know if you are a painter.

I had my own painting and wallpaper company about 28 years ago and had painted large developments with two story homes ranging from 3500 to 4500 square feet of living space. At that time I was using airless spray guns to paint all the walls, ceilings, closets and any sheet rock that need that fresh coat of paint. I had a guy working for me, and all he did the entire day was keep me fed with paint using five gallons buckets of paint at a time.

The paint I used was latex flat because they were spec homes and the builder insisted using flat so that it would give a good base coat if the buyer wished to paint each of the rooms different colors in the future. While spraying the walls, ceilings, closets etc. I hit all trim and Colonial Doors using the flat paint as a primer for the finish coats that had to be done with semi gloss.

My Tip of the Day

For anyone that paints homes or any painting project for that matter, that cutting in trim, ceilings and any place that two different colors meet each other knows that using a tapered brush helps immensely. You have to get that angel going with flaring the brush hairs. Keep that brush wet with paint. Don't try to stretch the paint to get the most out of a gallon. The store you bought the paint has lots more paint in store, so don't be light on the paint when cutting in.

I use anywhere between 1 1/2 to 2 inch tapered brush for all my cutting in jobs, such as the job I mentioned earlier, that I did today. I have been using the same brush for a few years, and they will last if you take good care of them and clean them good after each use. Don't buy a cheep brush because by doing so you will fine the hairs coming out of the brush and being stuck in your paint. It is very frustrating and all because you didn't buy the best and you went cheep.

As far as the rollers, I like to use about a 1/2 nap. That seems to do a great job and holds more paint than something thin and cheep. Here we go with the cheep stuff again. If you want a professional finish on your paint job, than you need to buy the best, and be the best at what you are painting. Take your time and have pride in your work. If you are working for someone painting their home and do a great and neat job, they will recommend you to their families and friends. That is how I got started. Word of mouth is the key!

As far as what paint I use, I prefer Behr Paint & Primer in One. This paint covers wonderful and goes on so smooth. The paint I bought for the job I did today cost a little over $30.00 per gallon, but worth every cent. And here we go again, don't buy cheep paint or you will be cussing up a blue streak thought the whole paint job, and more than likely you will need two, if not three coats of paint. Buy that better paint such as Behr Paint & Primer in One that covers in one coat in most cases. Of course, (EX.) I shouldn't have to tell you if you are painting white over a very dark color you may need two coats no matter what Paint brand you use.

Start Out Right, End Up Right Is My Motto.


Tapered Paint Brushes


Behr Paint & Primer in One


© 2013 Mark Bruno


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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Having a skilled professional painter committed to completing detailed professional painting jobs makes all the difference. Thank you for sharing your knowledge & expertise with the rest of us. I'm going to pass this info onto my dad. he still has a few more walls to paint. Voted up useful.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm a sloppy painter, well not that sloppy, but I do have my share of mishaps. I still get the job done and then go back and fix up my mishaps :) Thank you for sharing your tricks of the trade!

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      Mark Bruno 3 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      RTalloni- thanks for your comment and for the Pin my friend .

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Nothing like experience to speak authoritatively! Pinning to my Painting Walls/... board.

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      Mark Bruno 3 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Jaye thanks for commenting and you mentioned bath rooms, that is one room that is hard to paint for just about anyone including myself. I am not a professional, but have a lot of experience with not only painting but wall paper as well. I will email you a link I looked up as far as non-VOC. paint. I don't think it is aloud to be put here in comments. best of luck with that bathroom. I am sure you do a great job.

      I use Sherwin williams and Benjamin Moore and in the interior Behr

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I don't like to paint, but promised myself that I'd paint one very small bathroom in my house soon. Since I have respiratory allergies and mild asthma, I can only use paint with no VOCs. The non-VOC paint doesn't make me ill like paint containing these chemicals does, but it takes much longer to dry than "regular" paint. It seems thicker, too, no matter how thinly I try to apply it, and it flakes off of every surface for weeks (months?). I know this from another bathroom painted last year that is looking a bit scabrous. I used Valspar's non-VOC paint for that one (not cheap in price, but the result looks very cheap indeed).

      Can you recommend an interior paint that has no VOCs (not low, but none), that goes on thin, dries properly and doesn't flake or scratch off the surface weeks after the job is completed? You see, I took you at your word that you're an expert and want to take advantage of your expertise! Thanks in advance for any recommendation you can give. (Anyone else among you folks that like to paint are welcome to chime in here. I welcome all good suggestions.)

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      Mark Bruno 3 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Jayme- Thanks so much for your comment and for reading this. I love to paint and have painted half million dollar homes in the past. It is a lot of work, but very enjoyable for me. There are not too many people that can paint well and neat. for someone that shakes lol I can cut a line awesome. My wife can not believe that one. Once I get that brush in my hand I am one steady guy. lol, not only that I can trim out and roll a room in no time when my friends have paint everywhere but on the walls. BTW I am now following you!

      Thanks again

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great tips! I always do my own painting, and even enjoy it. But I am a little OCD about trims. I've actually painted miles of trim work using a tiny art brush! I almost have to, because the texturing on my walls prevents a good seal on the painter's tape in some places. But gosh I love painter's tape!

      Totally agree with you on using quality paint too. Cheap, flat paint is okay for a base or primer, but it can cause misery to you and your pocket book if you try to use it for the walls. Plus, in the past I've had the color actually wipe off when the walls were washed. Not fun at all. Great hub!

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      Mark Bruno 3 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      ImKarn23 Hey there Karen and thanks for reading and commenting. See I know much more than just alcohol lol. I have had my own business building spec home also. I do know everything there is to know about house building too. From using the transit for the homes elevation to building the complete structure

      hugs to ya xxx.

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      i'm in shock! AND - i LOVE to paint!

      i am aware of most of your tips and am a great 'cutter upper'

      I find that painting relaxes me, but, you can be assured that no one would hire me at an hourly

      it's all about the 'prep'..(i am a tape ho!)

      sharing dearxx

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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Kathi- Thank you for the comment Kathi. I am glad you enjoyed this hub. Yes crown molding is a bit of a pain for sure. You just need to take your time . Cutting the corner angles on the crown molding is worse than painting them. LOL. The is a secret to cutting these moldings otherwise you will be ruining many feet of expensive stuff. I learned believe me. I will stick to painting them instead .

      See you and take care too

      Mark :-)

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Thanks for the great tips, Mark, and telling us more about yourself! Enjoyed it the entire way! It takes me days to paint a room. What about when you have crown molding. I find that the most difficult to work with those edges? Take care, Kathi :O)

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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Carly - Thank you for your comment and for reading this. I too just love to paint. Paint makes all the difference in the world to any project. I am heading out to finish my side job now.


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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      You explained this so well. I love to paint and I love to trim. You are absolutely right you need the right brush, it makes the world of difference. Voted up.