Painting your interior walls is a super duper cheap way to change the look of your home. However, one of my biggest pet peeves in decorating is when the lines are not straight in a room. When you tape off your area, it is easy to do it sloppily (believe me, I’ve learned this personally).
How do you get a crisp straight line with painter’s tape?
#1 way: Use the right products. Yes, you will notice that when you go to buy painter’s tape, there are a million different types you can buy. But, my number one advice is to buy the “no bleeding” type of painter’s tape. And yes, it can be expensive. Is it worth it in my opinion? Yes!
#2: If you already own a bunch of the old painter’s tape (which I do) then you can seal the edge of the painter’s tape with paintable caulk. When you run the caulk along the edge, simply rub it with your finger along the edge to smooth it down and seal the edge of the painter’s tape to the wall. Then you need to wait for it to dry, and then paint your wall normally. This will also result in crisp straight lines.
#3: Even the best products and execution will probably end up with some discrepancies. This is the part that seems to be forgotten at times (at least around here). When you get done, simply take a small paint brush and touch up along the edge of your line where it needs it. Sometimes when I get to this point of the project I want to delay the touch up with internal excuses like, “Oh I’ll touch it up later,” or “It doesn’t look that bad,” (can anyone relate?). This is the inner laziness I have. But honestly, I have learned that a quick touch up immediately after the project is done is much more likely to happen than one “later.” I think the main reason is because after the project is over and the paint is put away, getting the paint back out seems much more of a pain than spending 15 minutes during the initial paint project.
We used two different painter’s tape products. I’ll show you the exact item using Amazon. I’ve learned that showing you this way is much easier to show you the exact product.
I have also heard GREAT things about Frog tape:
Here is the hubsters doing a fab job taping off the entry way.
The color I choose was a serene turquoise. The color, however, is not from one of BEHR’s original color swatches. I had it color matched from a piece of wall paper that I loved. Below I give you a picture of the label of the color just in case you’d like the same color.
After the space was taped off, Dan and I cut in the edges with a small roller and a paint brush. This helps get the edges of your wall done so that when you start rolling, you will not get paint on your ceiling, baseboards, or door trims.
This is a better picture of the wall after we completed the edges.
Here is the paint color as promised.
And here are a few photos of entryway after the painting was complete.
I love how crisp and clean the lines look!
Stay tuned…it is not done yet!