As a homeowner, you will probably get used to painting textured walls and something you will get to understand and love over time. There is a high likelihood that you make many mistakes over time, but you will soon master the steps. Therefore, below are some tips and tricks for easy DIY textured walls painting:
As you shop for painting tools and equipment, select materials based on the walls you work on. For textured walls, puffy roller covers hold more paint and their texture helps in distributing paint across the many recesses of the walls with ease.
Do not use flat finish paint on walls regularly exposed to contact with others as cleaning such walls is next to impossible.
Practice on edging walls freehand without tape to avoid any unnecessary disappointments in the end, while saving time.
Tape textured ceilings only if you have crown molding to avoid disappointments. Many homeowners make this mistake when they DIY textured surfaces for the first time, relax and give the paint time to dry before removing the tape. Such mistakes are terrible, as you would remain with bleeds on the ceiling along the recesses in texture because of the tape not gripping. Alternatively, your paint would peel off the wall because of allowing the paint to dry for long before you remove the tape.
Ensure those baseboards are clean and thus free from dust. Dirt and dust prevent tape from adhering firmly, which can lead to bleed-through.
For edging on textured walls, a high quality two and a half inch angled brush works best as it can hold more paint. Therefore, this comes in handy for filling all crannies and nooks along wall edges. Feel free to experiment with smaller brushes. They are ideal for reaching hidden and other hard to reach areas.
The Handy Paint Cup is a favorite edging tool beside brush for most homeowners. Its handle hangs comfortably over your hand with the cup holding a reasonable amount of paint. If you need to put down your brush, it has a magnet towards the back border of the cup which is intended for this purpose. It holds your brush over your paint in an upright manner, so it is not submerged into the paint.
As you edge along textured ceilings, make sure to load your brush well. Start from the ceiling and drag the brush gently along the ceiling line. By moving in a slow manner, you give the paint time to creep into all crevices on the ceiling as you move along.
Do not overload your brush with paint when edging baseboards. Start two to three inches above the baseboard and work your way down. By doing this, there would be lesser paint on the paintbrush by the time you reach the baseboard.
Do not saturate your roller with paint when painting ceilings. Apply numerous light coats and roll slowly to reduce on splatter. If you use too much paint, it would probably drop from the roller. To avoid such, paint your ceilings with light, slow layers.
Avoid rolling paint more than twice. However, only do this over areas that have obvious missed spots due to insufficient paint on the roller in the first place. It is, however, likely that if a roller misses certain spots with the first stroke on a textured wall, then you will miss it again.
If you want to take a break, or wait to finish a room the following day, avoid washing the tools and equipment you use but instead wrap them with tight plastic bags.
By adhering to these tips, you would be rescuing yourself from the common mistakes made by many DIY homeowners painting their textured walls for the first time.Learn More