Understanding color concepts and painting techniques will help you pick the right hues the first time -- and apply paint in a way that will last. Here are some tips to get you started.
The key to applying a good coat of paint is choosing the correct brush.
As a basic rule, natural bristle brushes are best for oil-base paint, including stain, varnish, shellac, lacquer, and polyurethane; manufactured bristles are best for water-base (latex) paints.
If you prefer a very smooth surface, paint pads and foam rollers are excellent tools.
Cut down on some of the drips of paint by using a nail to punch several holes around the bottom of the paint can's rim. The holes will let paint drain back down into the can and keep it from pooling around the rim when you pour into a roller tray or smaller container.
ROLLER: A 1-1/2-inch foam paint roller allows you to load three or four times as much paint as other materials and will roll over any surface. Rollers won't splatter paint or leave residue behind.
MINI ROLLERS: Typically 4 inches wide, these rollers make it easy to paint small areas, and they apply paint as evenly as the larger versions. The smaller rollers are ideal for getting into tight corners.
PADS: These tools are good for decreasing splatters when applying paint to a surface. They work fast and are good for painting edges. The pad's handle can be attached to an extension pole for painting ceilings or high walls.
BRUSHES: Use a 2-1/2- or 3-inch flat brush to outline walls and ceilings (a technique known as "cutting in"). Use angled brushes for tricky areas that require more brush control.