How to Create Clean Edges on Interior Walls

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Sep 15

One of the easiest ways to make your house look like a home is by repainting the walls to suit your style. Many people assume that painting is a messy yet easy process, and as a result wind up with paint splotches on the floor, ceiling and trim. However, by following these easy steps you can ensure that your end result is one that impress both you and your guests:

1. Clear the Room

If you are unable to remove everything from the room, push all items to the middle and cover them with an old sheet. Also remove any pictures or nails from the wall that you do not want painted.

2. Use drywall spackle to fix bigger holes, or painter’s putty to fill in nail holes

Make sure to take extra time to fill holes in the walls, as they are more obvious once they’ve been painted over.

3. Wipe off trim edges with a damp cloth so the tape will adhere to a clean surface

Wiping off any dust will ensure the tape stays in place.

4. Use painter’s tape to mask off all trim

Tape slowly and carefully, leaving a small gap between the edge of the tape and the wall surface to be painted; about a 1/16” to 1/18” gap will do. Remember to take your time -the finished product will only be as good as the prep you put into it!

5. Use 2” tape to mask off the ceiling along the walls

Use the same gap listed in step 4 to ensure that if you are a bit sloppy with the roller, that your ceiling won’t have paint spots on it afterward.

6. Using paintable caulk, caulk along the edges that you just taped

Note: ensure that it is paintable caulk! Use your fingertip to wipe the caulk edge so that it is a very thin film over the edge of the tape into the corner of the wall and trim. This will stop the paint from seeping under the tape and gives the room a superior clean edge. This is the difference between a passable paint job and an exceptional one.

7. Optional: using a paper hand masker, which combines a roll of making paper and a roll of tape so that you can cover a wider area to protect from paint splatter

Again, this is optional, but saves clean up time. If you chose to do this step, the 1” tape along the trim and 2” tape along the ceiling will do.

8. Let the Caulk Dry for 20 Minutes

Use this time to lay out tarps and ensure that all furniture is covered.

9. Brush

Using your brush, brush in the borders of the walls to the taped edges.

10. Using a roller and rolling pan, carefully paint the walls

Don’t roll too quickly, or the roller will send paint drops flying everywhere. Be slow and careful, and be sure to take extra care when painting near the ceiling.

11. Wait, then paint again

Check the manufacturer’s instructions to see how long your paint needs to set, then repaint over the first coat. Be sure to take your time!

12. Let the paint dry overnight

Do not pull the tape off immediately! Letting the paint dry fully lessens the elasticity of paint build-up along the edges.

13. Remove the tape by pulling it at a 90 degree angle from the trim surface

This will allow the point of release to act like a single point rather than over a longer area. If you find that the tape is pulling up and stretching the paint it means that your caulk wasn’t applied thinly enough. If you encounter this issue, use a razor blade to get past the build-up.

By following these simple instructions you will find yourself with a painted room that will look clean, professional, and will drastically improve the look of your home.

For more advice on how you can use paint to freshen up your home, contact us at or call us at (204) 691-6264.

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