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Painting your home is one of the easiest ways to update your rooms with fresh coats of color. Whether you stick with subtle neutrals or opt for an eye-catching hue, interior and exterior painting possibilities are limitless.

Brush Up on Painting Tips and Trends

If you’re new to DIY painting or plan to hire a professional home painter this year, you need to brush up on the tricks of the trade. Knowing proper painting techniques — and what to look for in a pro — can save you from having to do the job twice.

Check out these quick painting tips for a flawless finish:

  • Clean and prime the walls before painting to create an even, streakless surface.
  • Seal up holes and dents with putty before painting.
  • Line trimmings, moldings, and windows with painter’s tape to create precise lines and prevent unsightly drips.
  • Remove outlet covers to avoid having to paint around them.
  • Complete your paint project in a well-lit space to better view your work area.
  • Paint on sunnier days for better lighting and faster drying.
  • Paint walls from the top down to cover up drips and runs.
  • Reseal your paint containers during the project to keep unused paint fresher.

These protocols are just the tip of the home painting iceberg. Before popping open your first paint can, you must assess your design goals, cleanup plan, and more. Even if you plan to hire a painter to update your home, you must do a little digging to find the best person for the job.

If you’ve found yourself overwhelmed by the endless list of paint swatches and best practices — don’t sweat. Explore our painting resources for all the help you need to get your home covered in a fresh coat.

Using foam backer rod, followed by caulking, to fill a wide crack in a sidewalk.

Tip for Caulking Wide Cracks

Watch this video for tips on how to fill wide gaps and cracks before caulking using foam backer rod.
Old paint that has separated due to freezing.

Using Paint Stored in Freezing Temperatures

Watch this video to find out whether or not to use paint that has been stored outside in freezing temperatures.

How to Test Paint for Lead

Thinking about painting an older home? Don’t start scraping it down until you listen to this tip about how to test existing paint for lead.
Using a slit cut in a cardboard box to contain the mess when using chemical paint stripper.

Tip to Reduce Paint Stripper Cleanup Mess

Check out this easy cleanup tip to reduce the mess of chemical paint strippers using only a cardboard box and newspaper.

Painting a Textured Ceiling

A fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference to the look of any room, but sometimes the paint roller is not your best friend. Listen to this tip to find out how to paint over a textured popcorn ceiling.

Painting Roof Vents

White caps may look nice on a mountaintop, but not so much on your house. Listen to this tip to find out how to paint vent on your roof so they don't stick out like a sore thumb!
House with vinyl siding and trim.

Tips for Painting Vinyl Siding

It's possible to paint vinyl siding, if you do it right. Watch this video to learn about the steps needed to clean, prime, and paint the vinyl siding on your house.
Chelsea Lipford Wolf painting her home's wood columns white

Exterior Home Painting Prep Tips

Preparing the outside of your home for painting is one of the least enjoyable, but most important, aspects of house painting. Watch this video for tips on how to scrap, sand, repair, and prime your house for painting.
Danny Lipford painting wall below chair rail.

Tips for Painting Interior Walls and Trim in Your Home

Watch this video for interior painting tips from the pros, including painting wood paneling, patching holes in textured walls, painting over dark colors, and more.