#1. Use cotton drop cloths rather than plastic, here’s why. The thick canvas stays in place, so you don’t need to tape it, and you can use it to cover any surface. Plastic drop cloths are slippery to walk on or set a ladder on and don’t stay in place. Even worse, paint spills on plastic stay wet, and they can end up on your shoes and get tracked through the house.
#2. Mix several cans of paint in a large bucket for a consistent color throughout the room. If you have to open a new can in the middle of a wall, the difference may be noticeable. Mixing the paints together eliminates the problem and gives you a more even look.
#3. Always clean the dirty surfaces on the wall first so the paint can form a strong bond. If you paint over dirty, oily surfaces, the paint will easily chip or peel off! Clean areas using a deglosser or heavy-duty cleaner intended for prepaint cleaning.
#4. Paint the trim ﬁrst, then the ceiling and walls. This is because it’s easier (and faster) to tape off the trim than to tape off the walls, and you definitely wouldn’t want to have to tape them both off! You want to let the trim dry for at least 24 hours before taping it off to do the walls, this will avoid the tape peeling off the paint from the trim.
#5. ROLL paint along the edges for consistent texture. Corners and areas next to trim that are painted only with a brush have a notice-ably different texture than the surrounding paint. Brush on the paint, then immediately roll it out before the paint dries. This will give it a smoother more matching look with to rest of the walls.
I hope this helps everyone out there who like to “Do it yourself” Happy Painting and remember always be creative!