Quick Tips to Make Painting a Room a Breeze

The master bedroom is officially painted! Which is good because if I kept sleeping in a room that was still primer white, I probably would have started having dreams that I was in a hospital somewhere.

I mean…there’s pretty farmhouse-y white and then there’s hospital white. Not cool to cross that line.


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So since we were busting out the ol’ trusty paint supplies, I thought it’d be a good idea to share a few of the time savers and painting hacks Robert and I use along the way.

His dad sometimes paints houses professionally, so some of Robert’s methods are “old school” I guess you’d say. His method, to me, takes lots of practice. Maybe I should let him take the reigns on explaining those one day.

For me, I’m little miss let’s-figure-out-every-shortcut-possible over here.

In other words, he has his method and I have mine and in the end, as long as the room is painted, we’re happy. I’m often the one to tape edges and do the cutting in work with a paint brush, and he’s usually the roller and touch-up guy.

So here ya go.

Quick Tips to Make Painting a Room a Breeze:  (Affiliate links are provided in this post for your convenience. For more information, see my full disclosure here.)

1. Line your paint trays with aluminum foil.  Or if you think about it ahead of time and don’t want to resort to raiding your pantry, buy a paint tray liner. The faster I can make it through the final clean-up stage, the better, so I can just sit back and make googly eyes at our pretty, newly painted room.

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2. Line your paint pail with a grocery bag or liner.  Is it obvious I hate clean-up yet? I really like these little paint pails with the handle because they adjust to your hand and are easy to hold while doing cutting in work. I’m often traveling around the room and don’t feel like going back and forth to load up on paint or dragging a paint tray with me or setting a paint bucket on the floor. The grip keeps me from dropping it and making a mess everywhere too.

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3. Get the high-end paint brushes and rollers.  If you’ve followed this blog for longer than a day, you might be totally shocked to see me recommend buying “high-end”. This is one thing I don’t skimp on. The cheapo paint brushes often leave all kinds of icky brush strokes and little hairs all over your walls. Ew. Just no.

It’s worth it to pay a few bucks more. I’ve always been a Purdy fan, and they were nice enough to give me a few goodies a while back to add to my stash. If you take good care of those brushes, they’ll take care of you.

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And uh…this one below obviously has taken good care of me. I lost count of how many projects this little guy has seen.

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For 90% of my furniture makeovers and cutting in work, I use this 1.5″ angled brush. It’s lasted me over a year and still going strong. For some of the bigger painting projects, I use this 3″ angled brush. And the Purdy White Dove rollers are often my go-to on our smooth drywall. (Ours aren’t textured like some houses have.)

To save on Robert’s back (because ya know, he’s the roller guy around these parts), we use an extension pole on our roller frame. It makes the process a lot faster too.

4. Nail a few holes in the top of your paint can’s ring so excess paint that collects in the top can drip back down into the can.  I can’t for the life of me remember where I heard that tip a long time ago, but isn’t it genius? I hate pounding my paint can lid back down only to get splashed by paint that was sitting in the top.

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I’m sure there are several other paint hacks I use that I’ll share down that road, but those were just the ones we used this go-round.

So now drumroll…our bedroom is painted! Oh but wait, it barely looks any different from before, huh? You’re not seeing things. The wall behind our bed is still primer white since it will eventually be getting a shiplap wall.

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We went with the color Benjamin Moore Moonshine on our other three walls but of course, my photography makes it look super light. It is a light color, but definitely not white.

Once we put on some DIY window trim and hang curtains, the wall color won’t look quite so stark either.

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If you look in the corner of the room below, you can see the difference. I love that it’s not super super dark since we already had all of the dark furniture going on.

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So now we can check “paint room” off of our makeover list…and we have something like 10 more things to go. With the holidays coming up, I’m sure it’ll get pushed to the back burner for a little bit. But at least 3 of the 4 hospital white walls are gone! Yay!

Oh, and right after I made the bed to take a few shots of our newly painted room, this is what Lola did.

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If she’s not squishing down our pillows, she’s burrowing under the covers like a little mole dog. Good thing she’s cute and cuddly…when she’s not barking at doorbells ringing on the TV.

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    1. Thanks, Audrey! You can clean brushes using a couple tablespoons of fabric softener mixed into a cup of warm water and let them soak for a few minutes. Then just rinse and done. 🙂 I usually just toss roller covers though.

  1. LOL! My dog barks at door bells on TV too. Thanks for the tips! I’m contemplating painting my mother’s living room and dining room. These tips will help.

    1. Actually I didn’t. We bought that dresser already painted out of desperation at an antique mall when we first moved in because we had absolutely nowhere to store our clothes and no time to makeover a thrifted one. It worked out though. 🙂

    1. We almost did it in our daughter’s room too! Then we went with Gray Owl instead. I loved it so much though that I snagged it for our room. I agree. Very peaceful. 🙂

  2. Love the headboard! Where is that from?? We are looking for one for our king and I’ve been searching and searching and SEARCHING!