Painting Tips – Perfect Edges Every Time

My son-in-law, Brandon, showed me this amazing trick for painting a perfect trim on baseboards, around doorways, and ceilings.

I have tried every masking tape imaginable.  I’ve tried sealing the tape with a credit card, I’ve tried painting “away” from the tape.  Then I  take the tape off and the paint has seeped onto the part that I was taping off and DIDN’T want the paint to get onto!  GRRRR…. so frustrating…and I’m VERY finicky when it comes to a perfect edge on my baseboards and ceilings.

So here is my trick:

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DAP Calking!
This stuff works like a charm.
You’ll want to make sure it is FLEXIBLE, PAINTABLE, and QUICK DRYING.

Using Blue Masking Tape, tape off all of the areas that you DON’T want paint on.
Remember, your line will be as straight as your tape is!
Get it as straight as you can.

Next, you will have to cut the tip of the calking tube.
Make sure that you don’t cut too far down (the farther down you cut, the larger the hole gets).
Also, make sure that you cut on a diagonal.
You will also need a calking gun which is in the same aisle that the calking is.
I put a nail into the tip when I’m not using the calking.
This way it doesn’t dry out.

Now you are ready to apply your calking along the edge of your tape.

Using your “pointy finger” smooth the calking down, sealing the tape
and making sure that it is also on the wall.
Sorry ladies, but long fingernails won’t work.
I used to get my daughter to do it for me!!!

Now you are ready to paint!
Remember that your calking is going to be wet.
Using the brush, make sure that you keep the calking “smooth”.

Now you are ready to peel back your tape.
You will want to do this right away! Don’t let your calking dry!

Ahhh…. perfect every time.

One last trick…before you start your painting job, take a large nail and make holes all the way around the inner rim of the can (about 1 in apart).  This way, the paint drains into the can instead of drying in the rim making it difficult to keep the lid on tight!

Hope this helps with your next painting job!

Do you have any tips and tricks for making a paint job easier???


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Which Paint Type is Right For You?

Good Morning!  It’s Hump Day!  Ugh.  I’ve always hated that saying.  As my mother would say, “It sounds “vulgar”. ha!  So let’s just say, “It’s Wednesday”!  Two more days until No Chore/No Guilt Friday!!!! This is how I live my life….for Friday.  Just kidding.  I really don’t.  I try (not always successful) and appreciate what comes my day EVERY DAY and I hope you do to.  Ya’ just never know when it will be the last!

I’ve got paint on my mind today.  Need to get the paint on the walls in the demo’d bathroom.  I’ve had many of you email me and ask about the different sheens of paint.  I found this great article by Jennifer Jafarzadeh from Real Simple (yup, just cut and pasted).  I couldn’t have written it better. ha!  Hope this will help!


Where to use: Best choice for walls with many imperfections. Use on ceilings and bedroom, dining-room, and living-room walls. Do not use in the kitchen or bathrooms. (**when you cut and paste, sometimes you can’t get things “unbolded”…)

Touch-ups and scrubbability: Flat or matte finishes are easy to touch up but hard to clean. Premium flat paint, such as Benjamin Moore Regal Matte Finish or California Paints Super-Scrub Matte Finish, has better washability.


Where to use: This low-sheen finish is a great choice for living-room or bedroom walls. Do not use in high-traffic areas, like hallways, because the delicate finish mars easily.

Touch-ups and scrubbability: Eggshell has a washable finish that can be easily touched up.


Where to use: With a silky, pearl-like sheen, it’s a good choice for woodwork as well as walls in the family room, children’s rooms, laundry room, kitchen, and bathrooms.

Touch-ups and scrubbability: Satin has a warm finish that’s scrubbable. More difficult to touch up because any difference in sheen will be apparent.


Where to use: Semigloss is a popular choice for trim and moldings, and is also ideal for kitchen and bathroom walls because it is more resistant to humidity and withstands stains, chipping, and scuffing.

Touch-ups and scrubbability: Durable and easy to clean, it’s the most scrubbable sheen for walls. However, semigloss is more difficult to touch up because the difference in sheen may show up more easily.


Where to use: Gloss is rarely used on walls because it shows imperfections like a mirror does. It is typically used on woodwork, trim, moldings, and works well only for surfaces that are truly smooth.

Touch-ups and scrubbability: It’s the most durable finish and the easiest to clean, yet is the most difficult to touch up because the difference in sheen may show up more easily.

I’ll be posting the Schluter System…and showing you tile and paint tomorrow!

Have a great day♥