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You may think that painting walls is such an obvious skill that you have no need for a book on the subject. You’ll get a refresher course on basic application techniques with brushes and rollers. You may think you already know this, but have a look; you’ll be surprised by insights that will help you get truly professional results.

For a professional-looking paint job, spread the paint evenly onto the work surface without letting it run, drip, or lap onto other areas. Excess paint will run on the surface and can drip onto woodwork and floors. Stretching paint too far leaves lap marks and results in patchy coverage.

Learn more about different home painting techniques, from painting window trim to painting ceilings and walls.

Home Painting Techniques

Painting Window Trim

Painting Trim

When painting an entire room, paint the wood trim first, then paint the walls. Start by painting the inside portions of the trim, and work out toward the walls. On windows, for instance, first paint the edges close to the glass, then paint the surrounding face trim.

Painting Ceiling + Walls


For a smooth finish on large wall and ceiling areas, paint in small sections. First use a paintbrush to cut in the edges, then immediately roll the section before moving on. If brushed edges dry before the area is rolled, lap marks will be visible on the finished wall. Working in natural light makes it easier to spot missed areas.

Painting Using a Paint Roller

Wet Roller

Paint surfaces in small sections, working from dry surfaces back into wet paint to avoid roller paint marks. If a paint job takes more than a day, cover the roller tightly with plastic wrap or store it in a bucket of water overnight to prevent the paint from drying out.