The big thing we’ve learned in this last painting project is this: if you want professional-looking results, you need the right tools.
Don’t expect to be able to cut in around trim and ceilings with a cheap paintbrush. Don’t expect cheap rollers not to fuzz and leave an orange peel finish on your paint. Don’t expect cheap brushes not to shed like a dog and leave bristles on your walls.
Unless you want to be frustrated, get good tools. Yes, you will pay more for them, but you’ll be SO glad you did. Saturday night, we stopped by Lowe’s and bought some painting supplies made by Purdy: an angled 2.5″ 100% nylon brush, an angled 1″ 100% nylon brush, and a 3-pack of “white dove” 3/8″ nap roller covers.
I still need practice, but I think I can do a good job of cutting in with these new brushes. The paint goes on so smoothly with the nicer rollers, too. What a dream, made me happy to use them!
I just wish we’d bought the good tools at the beginning, before I tried this.
That’s why crown moulding is going to be our new best friend. Since we’re painting it, anyway, we might just go for the synthetic if it’s cheaper than pine. It will really give the room a finished look.